You probably already know about and might be using some form of acid in your skincare routine such as glycolic or salicylic acid, but there is another acid that deserves some time in the skincare spotlight—particularly if your goal is a brighter, more even complexion. Enter Kojic Acid, a naturally-derived ingredient which comes from mushrooms and is excellent at fading hyperpigmentation and discoloration also known as dark or sun spots.
What exactly is Kojic Acid?
You might have heard of Kojic Acid before and wondered what makes this ingredient special? Put simply, Kojic Acid is the term for the byproduct of yeast fermentation. It’s a prominent ingredient which lightens the skin because it prevents melanin production. Kojic Acid is also obtained from mushrooms, for example, Shiitake Mushroom. Shiitake mushrooms are an abundant source of Kojic Acid, they produce an antioxidant that eradicates free radicals when it attaches to your skin cells, helping to in brighten skin pigmentation, fade sunspots and acne scars.
Is Kojic acid safe?
The “Acid” in its name might be concerning, however, a lot of studies have shown that Kojic Acid is safe to use. But using too much of this ingredient may cause irritation. Many skincare products contain Kojic Acid alongside other brightening ingredients and exfoliants. Be sure to use these products in moderation in your skincare routine to avoid skin irritation.
How to Use Kojic Acid
If your skin is very sensitive, make sure to patch test the Kojic Acid-based products first to ensure that your skin can tolerate the ingredient. Also, be mindful of the fact that Kojic Acid leaves the skin vulnerable to sun damage, so wear sunscreen or any clothing that could protect your skin from the harmful rays of the sun.
Kojic Acid as a Key Ingredient in Baie Botanique Regenerating Serum
Our customers have reported reduction in sun and age spots size when using our Regenerating Serum. Kojic Acid is one of the key ingredients in our Serum which actively brightens the complexion. It also has a high polysaccharide content which reduces skin inflammation, puffiness, improves the appearance of wrinkles and combats free radical damage, while also promoting cell regeneration.