Kojic acid can be found as a common ingredient in numerous skin lightening products. Many people seek out skin whitening products when they suffer from conditions like melasma and hyperpigmentation which can devastate a person’s self esteem if it occurs in a very visible area such as their face. In this article we’ll look at why it has become such a popular skin lightening ingredient.
Kojic acid is derived from a fungus and can be extracted during the fermenting process of malting rice or making the Japanese rice wine sake. It is widely used in the food industry to prevent foods from changing colors after preparation and packaging, and as an ingredient in many skin lightening products. Its main use as a skin lightening agent is that of a tyrosinase inhibitor. Tyrosinase is necessary for your body to synthesize melanin. Thus if you can inhibit melanin production you can effectively lighten your skin. Not only is it useful for skin lightening it also has anti bacterial and anti fungal benefits when applied topically.
Like any other skin lightener you should protect yourself with an effective sunscreen before exposing yourself to the darkening rays of the sun to reap its benefits.