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Kojic Acid - Is it right for you?

Kojic acid is a type of skin-lightening agent that is commonly used in skincare products to improve the appearance of hyperpigmentation and uneven skin tone. But how does it work, and is it worth adding to your skincare routine? 

How does kojic acid work?

Kojic acid works by inhibiting the production of pigment in the skin, which can help to lighten hyperpigmentation and even out the skin tone. It does this by blocking the enzyme tyrosinase, which is responsible for the production of melanin (the pigment that gives our skin its color). By inhibiting tyrosinase, kojic acid can help to reduce the appearance of dark spots and other forms of hyperpigmentation.

Pros of using Kojic Acid in your skincare routine:

  • Lightens hyperpigmentation: Kojic acid can help to lighten hyperpigmentation, making it a popular choice for those looking to improve the appearance of dark spots and uneven skin tone.
  • Suitable for all skin types: Kojic acid is generally considered to be safe and suitable for all skin types. However, it's always a good idea to patch test any new products before using them on your entire face, and to pay. 

SkinCeuticals Discoloration Defense 

Formulated with 3% tranexamic acid, 1% kojic acid, 5% niacinamide, and 5% HEPES, this latest-generation formula improves the appearance of skin discoloration, brightens skin, and evens skin tone in as early as 2 weeks.

PCA Skin Pigment Gel HQ Free

A spot treatment serum to promote an even skin tone.

Obagi Revivify Multi-Acid Facial Peel

Peel contains four acids, each with unique molecular weights, which allow them to optimally absorb into the surface of the skin to revive, resurface and even the appearance of skin tone with each use.  

La Roche-Posay Glycolic B5 Serum

It helps reduce the look of dark spots and discolorations and reveals brighter, more even looking skin.

Biopelle Brightening KNR Serum

Ideal for PM use, this Serum contains three powerful agents – Kojic Acid, Niacinamide and Retinol – which, along with peptides and other skin rejuvenation ingredients, help brighten and even out skin tone.