Have you ever strolled through the produce aisle, picked up a pack of portobellos and thought, “Hmm, I know what’s missing from my skin care routine! Mushrooms!”
Yeah, me neither.
But if you’re like me, with hyperpigmentation from acne, surgery scars, or psoriasis, then kojic acid — found naturally in wild mushrooms and soy sauce, among other things — may be the missing ingredient that your skin needs. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite skincare products containing kojic acid, and not a moment too soon.
Kojic acid not only prevents and treats hyperpigmentation, but it also provides some protection from UV damage. Now that summer is in full swing and you’ve already got sunscreen in your daily routine, add some kojic acid for a little boost during your poolside lounging or beach trips.
Like any new skincare ingredient, your first introduction to kojic acid should be through a serum or other topical applied once a week, at first, and then increased in frequency as you learn how your skin tolerates and reacts to it. Here are a few products to get you started:
Once kojic acid is settled into your routine, you may want to get a cleanser that includes it so you can cut down on your total number of products. I’m a huge fan of combining my products into one because then I have less to pack for my weekend getaways!
This PCA cleanser is a multitasking master, including hyperpigmentation treatment, acne control, and soothing witch hazel and rosewood all in one.
When hyperpigmentation is your #1 enemy, this kojic acid soap packs quite the punch.
Just because you like your skincare products focused on results, doesn’t mean they can’t feel and smell nice, too! This kojic acid soap is lightly citrusy but still gives you the concentrated ingredients you need to reduce past scars and future hyperpigmentation.
Would you try kojic acid soap for hyperpigmentation? Tell us in the comments!
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