Why You Should Use Kojic Acid to ✨Brighten up Your Dull Skin

LaurenH1LaurenH1
Jun. 8, 2020
If you ever tried to reduce the appearance of dark spots or brighten the appearance of your skin, then you've probably heard of kojic acid. Kojic acid is a chemical produced by many different types of fungi. It is also a byproduct of fermented soy sauce and rice wine. This product has been used in the food industry as a natural preservative, but one of its main and most popular uses is in health and cosmetic products. 
Kojic acid primarily works by inhibiting an enzyme in the body that is necessary for the production of melanin. By blocking this enzyme, it helps to fade dark spots and discoloration on your skin. If you are looking to improve the discoloration of your skin or you cannot tolerate the effects of hydroquinone, then kojic acid is an ideal product for you.
Kojic acid has many benefits for your skin. It can:
  • Reduce the effects of aging. Because kojic acid is a skin brightening and lightening product, it can improve the appearance of age spots and sun damage. The reduction of dark spots and the evening of skin tone results in an anti-aging effect, making the user look younger.
  • Lessen the appearance of scars. If you're dealing with acne scars, kojic acid can reduce the discoloration that comes with these scars. Unfortunately, this acid does nothing to reduce the thickness of the scar tissue. It only affects the dark pigmentation that can be associated with certain types of scars. The lightening of the scar pigmentation can make the scar less noticeable overall.
  • Treat melasma. For some people, pregnancy comes with a darkening of the skin. This is known as melasma. Melasma is a common pigmentation disorder that can cause ugly brown patches to appear on the skin. The most common areas for melasma are the bridge of the nose, the forehead, and the cheeks. Kojic acid can reduce the appearance of this disorder, restoring your skin to an even, bright tone. 
  • Have anti-fungal and antibacterial properties. Kojic acid also has the potential to have anti-fungal and antibacterial benefits. This acid may help prevent and treat certain fungal infections, such as yeast infections and athlete's foot. It also may help decrease the chances of bacterial skin infections. Both of these properties aren't 100% proven, but there is plenty of positive information saying that kojic acid has these benefits. 
Side Effects
Kojic acid is safe to use in cosmetics up to a concentration of 1%. Even though this is a very small percentage, some people can still experience side effects or risk from its use. 
The most common side effect of kojic acid is contact dermatitis. Contact dermatitis can include skin irritation, itchiness, rashes, swollen skin, redness, or pain and discomfort. This side effect is most common in people that suffer from sensitive skin or people who are using a product that has a higher concentration than 1% of kojic acid inside the product. If you are experiencing contact dermatitis from a product that has kojic acid inside of it, then it's best to stop using that product.
Long-term side effects of kojic acid can be that your skin is more susceptible to sunburn. If you are planning to use kojic acid for a long time, then it's very important to make sure you are using sunscreen and wearing sun-protective clothing at the same time. Finally, you should not use kojic acid on damaged or broken skin. 
How to use it
In general, kojic acid can be used daily, but it ultimately depends on what other ingredients are in the product and what the concentration of kojic acid is. If your skin is super sensitive, then it's probably not a good idea to start using kojic acid daily. Instead, it's more beneficial to use it once or twice a week and build up to daily as you get used to the products. 
Studies have shown that kojic acid can work well and enhance the effects of glycolic acid and hydroquinone. However, when it comes to using kojic acid along with other brightening and exfoliating ingredients, you are running the risk of suffering from excessive dryness and skin irritation. It's important to ease into using kojic acid products in your skincare regime and give your skin time to acclimate to its ingredients so that you can have the best possible results.
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