Description: Kojic acid (5-hydroxy-2-hydroxymethyl-4-pyrone) is a by-productin the fermentation process of malting rice. Mild inhibitor of the formation ofpigment in plant and animal tissues, used also to preserve or change colors incosmetics. Off-white powder. Soluble in water. Kojic Acid is a kindof specialized inhibitor for melanin. It can prevent the tyrosinase activitythrough synthesizing with copper ion in the cells after it enters skin cellsKojic Acid and its derivative has better inhibitory effect on tyrosinase thanany other skin whitening agents. At present it is assigned into various kindsof cosmetics for curing freckles, spots on the skin of old man, pigmentationand acne.
INCI Name: Kojic Acid
Properties: Depigmenting agent and fights age spots. Induces skinlightening and helps establishing an even skin tone on all skin types. Minimizesliver spots.
Use: Recommended concentration 1-3%. Kojic acid hastendency to oxidize over time; use vitamin E tocopherol or BHT in thecream to reduce oxidation. For external use only.
Applications: All kinds of skin-lightening products including lotions, creams,fluids, makeup products.