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Kojic Acid

What is Kojic Acid?

Obtained from mushrooms that are native to Japan, kojic acid is a fine, white powdery substance composed of tiny crystals — the by-product of the fermentation process for sake.

Benefits

Kojic acid is a natural acid that is primarily used for lightening skin pigmentation. It is an effective, safer alternative to hydroquinone.

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All about Kojic Acid

Kojic acid is a fine white powdery substance composed of tiny crystals. The formal discovery of kojic acid occurred in 1989, and since then, the substance has been used widely in skin care products due to its numerous benefits. The ingredient is obtained from mushrooms that are native to Japan and is a by-product of the fermentation process used to produce the alcoholic beverage sake.

In skin care products, kojic acid functions primarily as a skin-lightening agent. To understand kojic acid's effects, it is necessary to understand how the skin gets it color. The body naturally produces a pigment known as melanin through specialized cells known as melanocytes. A person's genes determine how much melanin the body naturally produces. In people with fair skin, only small amounts of melanin are manufactured by the melanocytes, while copious amounts of the pigment are made by the cells of those with dark complexions.

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A powerful combination of high-performance ingredients for serious results.
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This cleansing bar promotes an even, bright complexion.
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A fast absorbing serum that is clinically proven to lighten darkened skin discolorations.
$34.00
0.5 oz | SG003
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Targets uneven skin tone, skin discoloration and age spots.
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A broad-spectrum moisturizer that provides SPF 30 while diminishing dark spots.
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1.7 oz | PH059
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For age spots, freckles and uneven skin tone.
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2.5 oz | BA042
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A brightening treatment that reduces discolorations while refining skin texture.
$25.00
1 oz | PN021
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Lightens discoloration and provides a more even skin tone.
$31.20
1 oz | DV057
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