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Treat pigmentation & age spots: Kojic Acid

skincare ingredients Treat pigmentation & age spots: Kojic Acid

- discovered recently in 1989
- successfully used in Japan
- derived from a fungus (mushroom)
- has a similar effect as hydroquinone
- unstable and can oxidize quickly when exposed to air
   > alternative kojic dipalmitate is used because it is more stable
- studies have shown that it is effective as a lightening agent
- can be used on sun freckles
- can also be used to treat melasma

Purported skin care benefits when applied topically:
- inhibiting production of melanin or brown pigment
- treatment of pigmentation and age spots
- prevention of severe photoaging (apply before sunlight exposure)

Known side effects:
- reported to very irritating to the skin
- cause sun sensitivity (must use a sunscreen)
- can potentially result in potential contact dermatitis and erythema

Products containing this ingredient:
- blended with other skin whitening and exfoliating products:
  > Philosophy A Pigment Of Your Imagination
  > Peter Thomas Roth Power K Skin Brightener 
  > Lancome Blanc Expert XWII Extra Whitening Spot Corrector
  > SkinCeuticals Phyto +

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About Sesame Chew

Blogger and founder of Viva Woman, Sesame is a skin care addict who is fond of using natural & organic beauty products. She also enjoys ogling at handmade jewelry & cute stationery.



  1. Karen says:

    I am currently using Kojic Acid soap, it promised that it will lighten the skin as well as scars. have been using it for more than a month, but can see any result >.<

    • sesame says:

      Hmm…I guess it’s one of those products that doesn’t work well for everyone. That or the ingredients may not be penetrating too well.

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