Rated 4.31 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Positive Review Keeps my melasma in check without irritation
Thrilled to see Good Molecules at Ulta! I first purchased the *Discoloration Correcting Serum* last year as part of a trio (which included the *Niacinamide Toner* and *Daily Brightening Serum*) to combat melasma as well as hyperpigmentation left by acne rosacea and eczema flares. I'd run out of a product (Faded, by Topicals) that was evening out my dark spots and patches like magic; it was OOS but I knew it contained tranexamic acid, kojic acid, and azelaic acid.
Tranexamic was the only "new" ingredient, so I reasoned it was probably doing the heavy lifting. Apparently, "Tranexamic acid stops the uptake of the pigment producing cells into the upper layers of the skin and works well alongside other pigment regulators. It is well tolerated topically with a low side effect profile making it a popular choice'—per Dr. Ifeoma Ejikeme, Consultant Physician/founder of Adonia Medical Clinic. Instead of bleaching, tranexamic acid keeps our skin cells from responding to injury by overproducing melanin—perfect for my rashy, melasma'd self! The main precaution for tranexamic acid products is: "patch test if you have eczema or sensitive skin".
Someone on a skincare forum tipped me off to GM *Discoloration Correcting Serum*. It contains a modified form of tranexamic acid called "cetyl tranexamate mesylate" , or 2% TeraCeutic TXVector™. TeraCeutic TXVector delivers tranexamic acid deep into the skin to help fade hyperpigmentation. It's combined with 4% niacinamide in a dual-action formula to 1) target existing dark spots 2) prevent future hyperpigmentation 3) improve the appearance of uneven skin tone, texture, dullness, and enlarged pores. (For ~a third of the price of my OOS serum...why not?)
DCC works SO WELL. I've repurchased it (and Niacinamide Toner, and Daily Brightening Serum) 3 or 4x—it's inexpensive, effective at keeping melasma in check, and never irritates my cranky skin. It's v viscous, so I use after toner/DBS (here), before rosacea rx, moisturizer, spf.
Most Helpful Critical Review not for sensitive skin
After a lot of trial and error and money spent on quality skincare, I had finally gotten my sensitive skin to a point where it was staying soft, smooth, and relatively hydrated, and I was very pleased. I do have some melasma from intense sun exposure in the past, and it is the one skincare problem I haven't been able to get control of, so when I read glowing reviews of this product saying it helped to minimize melasma discoloration, I thought, that's just what I need to add to my other products. AND at such an affordable price! Well...I guess you get what you pay for, and if it seems to good to be true, it probably is. As soon as I tried this stuff, my face broke out everywhere. I've used this product for 3 days in case the first time was just a fluke, and my skin has continued to flare up with each use. I am really disappointed that none of the stellar reviews ever mentioned this is NOT great for sensitive skin, so I wanted to warn others like me. Not only did it not improve my discoloration, but I now have to get my skin back under control and cleared up, and tackle the dark spots left from the breakouts this serum caused. I'm going back to my previous skincare routine, ditching this stuff and never looking back.
Reviewed by 200 customers TINY RED BUMPS BREAKOUT
Higher from Sacramento
My skin is itchy and tiny whitehead beads all over my face
Helps with discoloration
Arii from Texas
I have been using this day and night almost every day after using the niacinamide toner for a little over a month (almost done with it) and I have noticed a HUGE difference in my skin. This brand has really changed everything for me.
Cash from Trumbull, Ct
I've been using this product for a week now 1 to 2 times daily and the dark spots I've had for months are already fading. They're significantly lighter than before. My skin overall seems to be more even in tone. I've also noticed my dark eye circles are gone. I'll definitely keep trying this product.
Not for me sadly
Katy from Nv
Made my skin feel very soft, but it also irritated my face and made it very itchy. I'm usually not sensitive to skin care.
Mar from Rockville
I love it it's amazing . I been dealing with dark spot because of the sun and this small product is wow
SelinaTheSaggitarius from Orlando, Florida
My dark circles are slowly vanishing! I've been trying everything and after this I saw results immediately. I think I got a pimple one time but I feel like it's because I didn't moisturize after. But the whole brand of Good Molecules is the holy grail. Thank you!
LLirq from Whittier Ca
Great product . fading by dark spots from my face. Product works well as directed. Highly recommended it .
Soph from Utah
First off, ignore any comments saying this made them break out - if that happens you're probably just sensitive or allergic to something in this, and that doesn't make this a bad product.
This serum is phenomenal! I've been using it day & night for about a week and my skin tone has never been so even! I don't have to wear any concealer or foundation even - my skin tone looks THAT good. I did notice that consistent use is key, if I skipped a use my skin did get some red/dark spots back - however still way better than before I started using it at all. If it dries your skin out, use a moisturizer with it!! That's a simple fix. One serum can't do it all - but this with the rest of my skincare routine is a new holy grail product.
ss from alexandria virginia
I love this stuff it worked so fast I hated wearing make up on face to cover my dark marks and now I don't have to this was really a life saver and for a good price this is my second bottle
One of my favorite serums I've ever had!
Kenzie from Toledo, OH
Smells great and makes my skin so smooth and clear!
Lore from Cerritos
I use the product in my day and night routine. I love it!
Not for me
Izabela from Nj
Makes my skin feel oily and pore are more large than usually. Don't clear them.
I hope it works, but...........
village lady from FL
I just started using this, so I don't have a review just yet. However, my dropper doesn't work. I don't even see a hole in the tip. Just wondering if anybody else had this problem. I could probably prick the tip, but I've just been getting it straight from the bottle for now.
fsaw from York, Pa
Just started using this yesterday and I've already broken out along my cheeks and nose. They're like little red bumps, and some of them even look like whiteheads. It also causes a slightly burning/itchy sensation on my face. I don't see what else could've caused it. I think this will be the last night I use it. I really really wanted this to work because the reviews were so good! But I guess it's just not for me. I'll have to look into something else for hyperpigmentation.
Definitely seems to be working after only a short period of
Stevie Ray from Dallas Tx
Seems to be working!
claud from Dallas, Texas
I LOVE this product! I didn't know Ulta had it now! I usually order it from Good Molecules website. I paired this serum with their brightening toner and used it consistently every day!! I noticed results right away and after I used up the whole product i saw significant changes. I love it and will keep buying! I've never felt so confident not wearing makeup and being barefaced, it really does lighten my acne marks A LOT
Zoey from DE
I have hyperpigmentation around my mouth, and I've been looking for products to help calm it down. This serum, combined with the inkey list tranexamic acid, works so well. I would say that my hyperpigmentation is down by around 50% after using it for about 4 months! It does take time to work, but be patient!
Mary from Nashville
I bought this after trying several other ( more expensive) products that didn't work. I wasn't expecting much. After the first day I saw improve my in my skin and pores! My moisturizer went on smooth, it isn't a sticky feel. I love love love this stuff and am definitely hooked! After 2 weeks of use now my skin looks amazing!
jerisee from Covina, Ca
I've only been using this product since 1/30 and it's currently 2/3 and I can say that i've definitely seen a big difference in my skin!! I had a really bad break out and i started using the discoloration serum and the niacinamide serum 2x a day and it has been amazing so far!
Broke me out
Maffles from CA
I wanted to love this after reading all the good reviews, but sadly I'm one of the people that break out when using this product. After three days of consecutive use, my face was covered in small red bumps. Not sure if it's acne or a type of rash, but either way, I'm not impressed with this product. This was the only thing that changed in my routine so I'm sure it's the cause. Now I'm scared to try other good molecules products!
Give it a try
Mandy from Tx
I have dry, (hormonal) acne prone skin and decided to try this out because for the price I figured why not and omg my face has dramatically cleared up and my complexion has evened out. I would recommend use twice a week if you start noticing your face getting dry. I use it at night and just skip a few days in between. I liked this so much I bought two more of good molecules' products today so fingers crossed those work just as well. Because you can't beat the price!! (Wasn't a fan of the ordinary products)
Does a partial job
LisaM from Indiana
Used a full bottle as directed, once or twice a day as the first layer on clean skin. Dark spots on chest faded about 30% (say from a 10 to a 7). Did nothing at all for lighter spots on face
Need another bottle
Ariel from Cali
It's been working on dark spots and my face looks so much better , glowing , I notice a change already in 1 month of using it and I'm almost out . Here I come Ulta
Cee from USA
I've been using this fairly consistently for the past month or so. I can't say I notice a difference in my dark spots at all. On the plus side, it smells great, absorbs into my skin quickly, and doesn't leave me feeling dried out.
OMG a lifesaver product
Rhiannon from Dickson City, Pennsylvania
I just bought this after reading really good reviews. Honestly, Good Molecules and The Ordinary are such a good price it doesn't really matter if you don't like it very much. I used this after cleaning, then after absorbing I used the ordinary Niacinimide and hyaluronic acid serums then used a moisturizer. LET ME TELL YOU- this cleared my skin overnight. Literally amazing product, definitely try it!