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Exploring The Use of Kojic Acid

Daniella Segell
Sep 04, 2021
12:00 A.M.
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Having an even skin tone is something that many of us are looking for but struggle to achieve for several reasons. Evening out skin tone seems like it should be relatively easy, but it is often much more complicated than you'd think.

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Millions of products on the market promise to remove dark spots on the skin and even out your skin tone. Still, many of these products can be harmful to the skin, and others are astronomically priced and might not offer the results you are looking for.

Kojic acid is a product that promises to even out the skin tone without harming the skin. Here's everything you need to know about this product.

What Is Kojic Acid?

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If you're a big fan of mushrooms, you have been eating kojic acid your whole life because mushrooms are the main source of this acid. It can also be found in fermented Asian foods like soy sauce or rice wines.

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You might be familiar with other acids that assist in pigmentation that might be much harsher than kojic acid. This acid can be combined with other skincare ingredients to ensure that the skin is protected from pigmentation but remains hydrated simultaneously.

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Usually, when people hear 'acid,' they tend to be intimidated by the product, but it is a product that is safe to use as long as you use it in the way that a skincare professional has suggested to you.

What Does It Do?

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Many other acids that assist in lightening pigmentation and evening out the skin tone dissolve the bonds between the skin cells in an attempt to exfoliate the skin. However, kojic acid works a little differently.

If pigmentation is your main concern, you need to get your hands on some kojic acid sooner rather than later. Kojic acid does not break the bonds between your skin cells but rather prevents pigmentation production altogether in the skin cells.

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Kojic acid can be found in different cosmetic products, from serums to powders, but can be used independently in a concentration of 1% or less.

Who Should Use It?

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If you are suffering from pigmentation on your skin and nothing else has helped until this point, it is probably best for you to ask a skincare professional about using kojic acid for your skin. It is safe for most people to use, but it is best to consult a dermatologist or esthetician before trying it.

Kojic acid will not leave a white cast on the skin as some other pigmentation remedies might, and for this reason, it is an excellent option for people with darker complexions to use.

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