Kojic acid for pigmentation : Everything you need to know!
The popular hype is that kojic acid hinders the formation of melanin, thereby preventing skin discolouration. This exaggerated claim has led to the widespread use of kojic acid in cleansers, serums, and creams that make false promises to reduce hyperpigmentation. However, it is an incomplete solution that does not work on all the root causes of hyperpigmentation. It is definitely not recommended for sensitive skin, and it may be time to remove this ingredient from your skincare routine.
Kojic acid: An incomplete solution for hyperpigmentation
There are three core factors behind hyperpigmentation; increased melanin production (melanogenesis), melanin transfer to the skin surface, and decreased rate of skin cell turnover.
Kojic acid works on only one cause, inhibiting melanin production, and is ineffective against the other two chief reasons. It also comes with its cautions and probable effects such as itching, inflammation, burning, redness, and increased skin sensitivity, leading to more sunburns. Thus, kojic acid is hardly a potent agent against fighting hyperpigmentation. However, there is a science-backed solution that can address all three factors and reduce dark spots effectively.
Holistic advanced anti-pigmentation regimen
It is an innovatively balanced formulation of hexyl resorcinol (HR) + niacinamide (VB3) + retinyl propionate combined with a retinol booster (RPC) that fights stubborn pigmentation. Although ineffective for hyperpigmentation as solo ingredients, the three-fold action mode of HR+VB3+RPC works together to modulate melanogenesis, inhibit melanin transfer, and boost cell turnover, respectively.
This trio combination is clinically proven to reduce hyperpigmentation in 4 weeks and provide an even skin tone in 8 weeks. It is a safe and efficacious technology backed by experts to alleviate hyperpigmentation and deliver an even skin tone.
The bottom line is that, depending on the skin type and severity of the pigmentation, desirable results with kojic acid alone may not be possible. Since it has incomplete efficacy on hyperpigmentation; it is not a lasting solution. Instead, one should look for more holistic, technologically driven, high-science formulations like the HR+VB3+RPC technology to lessen dark spots and improve overall skin health.