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All the scoop you need on kojic acid, the magic ingredient to combat hyperpigmentation

Published on:30 December 2020, 12:30pm IST
Derived out of fungi, kojic acid has been a part of the Korean beauty regime due to its ability to lighten spots, scars and pigmentation on the skin.
Grace Bains
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Kojic acid is said to be the ultimate ingredient you need for even-toned skin! Image courtesy: Shutterstock
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You’re probably living under a rock, if you don’t already know what k-beauty is! Well, it’s the term used for korean skincare practices that are developed on the principle that if you take care of the health of your skin, it will reflect on the outside. Hence, it promises to give the skin a natural glow sans heavy makeup. That’s quite promising, isn’t it?

Well, that’s exactly why the past few years have witnessed korean products flood the market, and guess what? They are loved by everyone across the world! The plus point of these products is the use of natural ingredients. A particular ingredient that everyone seems to be raving about is kojic acid.

Kojic acid is famous for its ability to deal with hyperpigmentation. So, if you’ve been looking at reducing the appearance of acne scars, sun spots or age-related pigmentation, kojic acid can come to your rescue. Additionally, it can help even out your skin tone.

Now, don’t be grossed out when we tell you that kojic acid is actually derived from the action of fungi. What it does is that it inhibits the creation of an organic compound called amino acid, which is responsible for the production of melanin. Hence, it can effectively reduce the appearance of spots related to various skin conditions.

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Here are some properties of kojic acid that can help keep pigmentation in check, and ensure you have spotless skin:

1. Reduces the appearance of scars

From acne scars and sunspots to melasma, which many women experience due to pregnancy, kojic acid can prove to be extremely helpful in reducing the appearance of scars and spots. With regular use, it can even clear your skin tone.

This can help you get flawless and glowing skin. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
2. Antibacterial action

Kojic acid has antibacterial properties, which can minimise the development of acne. With reduction in acne, the risk of acne scarring also goes down considerably. This property combined with kojic acid’s ability to fade scars, will result in clear skin.

3. Antioxidant nature

Our skin needs a healthy dose of antioxidants, which can fight the cell-deteriorating action of free radicals that leads to various signs of ageing. Kojic acid contains antioxidants that not just delay signs of ageing, but also work on issues like fine lines.

The best part is that kojic acid is available in various forms! You will find that it is a star ingredient in multiple skincare products such as soaps, serums, toners, face masks and creams. Choose any product that you prefer.

There are, however, some things you should keep in mind when you use kojic acid:

  • A safe concentration is one percent. Don’t go beyond it, especially if you’re a first-time user.
  • It needs to be used regularly to show results. Try not to lose patience.
  • Due to reduction in the production of melanin, your skin might become sensitive to sun exposure. Apply kojic acid-based products at night, and do ensure you’re applying sunscreen, when stepping out.
  • You should ideally talk to a dermatologist about your spots and scars. They will be able to assist you with the right products and dosage.

Kojic acid can be truly helpful for those, who are troubled with spots. Keep in mind that it needs to be used with some caution!

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