Do you long for clear, perfectly even-toned, blemish free skin? If you have yet to find the perfect holy grail product to banish hyperpigmentation, then it’s time to look for organic skin care containing ‘Kojic Acid’. This naturally derived acid from mushrooms is used in skin brigthening formulas to eliminate spots and even skin tone.
What is Kojic Acid?
Kojic Acid is produced by certain species of mushrooms, through natural microbiological processes. It can also be extracted as a by-product during the fermentation process of production of sake, Japanese rice wine and soy sauce.
Is Kojic Acid Safe for the Skin?
Kojic acid as an active ingredient in skin care products can be found in the form of serums, creams, powders, cleansers or soaps. In organic skin care products, Kojic acid is generally used in concentrations less than 1%.
Kojic acid cannot be applied in raw form as it is highly unstable and loses its efficacy when exposed to sunlight. When used in high concentrations, it can cause skin irritation..thus only dermatologically approved formulas with the correct balance of Kojic acid content and a blend of calming ingredients can provide results visible results, usually within 2 weeks of use!
Kojic acid is as effective as the far more aggressive chemical ‘Hydroquinone’ which is widely used for chemical skin lightening/bleaching. However Kojic Acid provides superior, natural, long term results without toxins or the side effects of redness or irritation. Kojic acid is by far one of the best natural solutions for hyperpigmentation and skin discoloration.
The Benefits of Kojic Acid
Kojic acid acts as an inhibitor of an amino acid called tyrosine, which is necessary in the formation of the skin pigment called melanin. By blocking melanin production, Kojic acid decreases the appearance of dark patches, melasma, sun spots and other types of hyperpigmentation.
Editor’s Pro Tip: We use Kojic Acid in our Award Winning Sun Protect SPF 30+ as a component of the ‘DevaBright Formula’. Besides giving Organic Broad Spectrum Sun Protection, regular application of the sunscreen aids in reducing hyperpigmentation, treating dark spots and delaying premature aging of the skin.
Kojic acid is an antioxidant and protects the skin from photoaging by shielding the skin against oxidative stress and free radical damage.
For deep scars, while Kojic acid may not help in treat the texture of the scar tissue, it can reduce scar pigmentation, making them far less noticeable.
In addition to lightening and brightening the skin, Kojic acid also works as an antimicrobial to help treat acne, and also heals post-acne blemishes effectively, and treats several types of fungal infections of the skin.
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