Skin care

Kojic acid – treatment for dark spots, acne and freckles


If you ever get curious about the active ingredients in skin lightening creams, you will find that Kojic acid is commonly used as a skin whitening or depigmentating  agent in concentrations of 1%. It is commonly used in leave-on creams, anti-aging creams and lotions, around-eye creams, facial cleansers, which are generally applied to the face, but can also be used in body moisturizers and sunscreens.

Because so many people are suffering from melasma, I figured I would offer you more information on an ingredient that’s known to treat it more effectively than hydroquinone. We’ll get into the fact of the matter and understand the Kojic Acid structure, as well as the relation between Kojic Acid and melasma.

Afterwards, I’ll leave you with informative facts about what to look for in Kojic acid skin care products and offer you some recommendations on Kojic Acid creams and Kojic acid Soaps. Hopefully, by the end of this article, you’ll figure out if this ingredient is the right skin lightening solution for you, or the interactions and possible side effect outweigh the benefits.

Kojic acid structure

Kojic acid is a by-product in the fermentation process of malting rice, for use in the manufacturing of sake, the Japanese rice wine. It is a fungal metabolite commonly produced by many species of Aspergillus, Acetobacter and Penicillium, and has been shown to act as a competitive and reversible inhibitor of animal and plant polyphenol oxidases, that catalyzes the conversion of tyrosine to melanin. Kojic acid inhibits melonasis by interfering with the uptake of oxygen required for enzymatic browning.

Kojic acid in skin care products

What this means is that kojic acid in skin care products has the main purpose is to treat hyperpigmentation, which occurs when areas of the skin develop too much melanin. To understand its effects, it is necessary to process some information about how the skin gets its color.

Kojic acid vs. dark spots

The body naturally produces a pigment known as melanin through specialized cells known as melanocytes. Our genes produce the same amount of melanin, but how much of it gets processed determines our skin color. In people with fair skin, only small amounts of melanin are processed by melanocytes, while larger amount of the pigment are made by the cells of those with dark complexions.

Moreover, the production of melanin does not occur in fixed amounts. The production is increased in response to environmental or internal conditions such as: sun exposure (causing the skin to tan), inflammations (common among acne sufferers) and pregnancy.

Repeated exposure to the sun can result in a permanent increase in melanin production in spots on the skin, causing small freckles and larger sun or age spots to form. And here is where the Kojic acid comes in handy.

Kojic acid brightens complexions

Kojic acid brightens complexions

Kojic acid and melasma

When kojic acid is applied to the skin in concentrated amounts, the chemicals in the ingredient work on the melanocytes, interfering with the production of melanin.

In addition to its skin-lightening abilities, kojic acid is classified as an antioxidant. This class of nutrients has the ability to counteract the effects of particles in the air called free radicals, which have the potential to cause oxidative damage to the skin cells.

By limiting the effects of free radicals, kojic acid helps to prevent the formation of signs of aging that occur when the cells that produce the skin’s vital structural proteins become damaged.

Kojic acid creams

Kojic acid is also an antibacterial agent, meaning that it interferes with the processes that bacteria cells must perform to thrive and reproduce. By disrupting these processes, kojic acid causes the death of bacteria.

Some dermatologists recommend the use of mild concentrations of kojic acid for addressing acne blemishes, which are often caused by bacterial infections in the pores.

Cape Fear Naturals Kojic Acid Cream

This Kojic Acid cream is a powerful, high quality, skin lightener, that evens skin tone, diminishes freckles, age spots and hyperpigmentations caused by sun damage by 50% in just two weeks.  It is highly effective with long term use.

Timeless Arbutin Vitamin C Kojic Acid Skin Lightening Cream

Unlike other peels and hydroquinone creams that simply work by exfoliation, are harsh and irritating, and don’t address the underlying problem, this formula lightens gradually over the period of several months, preventing melanin formation. The Timeless skin lightening cream contains Arbutin, a natural alternative to hydroquinone, that inhibits melanin synthesis, Vitamin C, an antioxidant that evens skin tone and helps build collagen and Hyaluronic Acid – one of the most powerful hydrating and moisturizing ingredients on the market today.

Swanson L-Glutathione Cream with Setria

Looking for a skin cream that actually nourishes while providing moisturizing comfort and support? This formula stabilized the unique ingredient Setria(R) glutathione to create this one-of-a-kind cream. This skin cream contains no parabens and includes an exclusive botanical preservative system to protect the delicate ingredients that soothe, moisturize, nourish and protect your skin. I recommend this for those with mature skin, who are looking for a skin lightening cream that has an effect on wrinkles and makes skin dewy and smooth.

Procelain Skin Whitening Serum

Porcelain Skin Whitening Serum is professionally formulated for melasma and hyperpigmentation. Its formula contains multiple effective ingredients that provide synergetic effects, exfoliate and penetrate skin more effectively than hydroquinone alone. The effective ingredients include hydroquinone (2%), kojic acid, glycolic acid, vitamin C, licorice root extract. Procelain Skin whitening serum has immensely soothing anti-inflammatory properties, which are perfect for sensitive skin.

Perfect Image Lactic Acid 50% Gel Peel

Enriched with Kojic Acid & Bearberry Extract, this gel peel is formulated to even skin tone and effectively lighten pigmentation by inhibiting the enzyme responsible for producing excess melanin. Lactic Acid has been well-known to reduce the appearance of scars, age spots, sunspots, and discoloration associated with acne or photo-damaged skin. Lactic also promotes stimulation of collagen production, while increasing cell turn over rate, for a more brightened and balanced texture.

Lumi Essence Organic Advanced Brightening Repair Treatment

Lumi Essence visibly corrects dark spots and helps even skin tone that might appear on your body because of hormonal changes or sun damage. It contains Kojic Acid, that helps lighten and reduce the appearance of dark spots and Alpha-Arbutin, derived from the leaves of cranberry, blueberry and bearberry shrubs. Papaya and Pineapple extracts provide intense exfoliation to help reduce the size and color intensity of dark spots and help even skin tone and Niacinamides have an inhibitory effect on the transfer of melanosomes to skin cells, thus it can interrupt the process that causes irregular pigmentation to form.

Kojic Acid Soap

Many people chose to use regular face wash products, that may be less powerful than kojic acid creams and serums, yet have the benefit of gradually brightening the complexion day by day. The regular use of a kojic acid soap will prevent dark pigments from appearing and will also help your skin look brighter, flawless and younger-looking.

Diana Stalder Papaya Kojic Acid Skin Whitening Soap

This kojic acis soap is one of the most popular products of this genre. It is a combination of Kojic Acid and Papain, both of which are very effective skin lighteners and it prohibits the formation of melanin. This soap also promises to be effective when it comes to treating common skin problems like dark spots, melasma, hyper pigmentation, psoriasis, freckles, pimple/acne scars.

Kojie San Skin Lightening Soap

Since the skin lightening benefits of Kojic Acid were discovered in Japan, we should find this soap from Kojie San super efficient to diminish hyperpigmentation. Kojie San has an all-natural kojic acid formula that helps lighten dark spots due to acne, age spots, freckles, sun-damaged skin, and other skin pigmentation.

Premium Maximum Whitening/Peeling Soap

This soap is formulated to reverse signs of aging, maintain skin suppleness and reduce wrinkles. It nourishes your skin to let its natural beauty shine through! It also removes the appearance of skin blemishes and begins whitening your skin in just one week. This product also works as a keratolytic and comedolytic agent. as it causes the cells of the epidermis to shed more readily, opening clogged pores and neutralizing bacteria within, preventing pores from clogging up again by constricting pore diameter, and allowing room for new cell growth.

You can purchase your favorite Kojic Acid Soap from here.

Kojic acid vs. freckles

Kojic acid vs. freckles

Kojic acid in combination with hydroquinone, retin-a and other ingredients

Since the discovery of kojic acid, conflicting studies have been reported about the long-term safety of the ingredient. Upon re-examination of the available data for Kojic Acid, its use as a whitening agent at a concentration of 1.0 % in leave-on creams, when applied to face or body is safe for the consumer.

It should, however, be noticed that whenever human skin barrier is disturbed, as is for example the case after peelings, or application to larger skin surfaces are involved, the use of Kojic Acid is not considered to be safe.

As far as the derivatives of Kojic Acid are concerned (e.g. esters of Kojic Acid, Kojic Acid dipalmitate, Kojic Acid isopalmitate and chloro-Kojic Acid),), the SCCS did not receive any data, meaning that no conclusion can be drawn on the safety of the derivatives.

However, it is known that there are products on the market containing Kojic acid at concentrations higher than 1%, therefore should you use skin care products that inform you about the containing amount, you should be aware of the risks:

  • Skin irritation

Skin irritation is the most common kojic acid side effect. However, the amount of kojic acid in skincare products is usually not enough to trigger irritation, unless the user has especially sensitive skin. Furthermore, some kojic acid products contain topical corticosteroids to counter any potential irritation.

  • Allergic Contact Dermatitis

Even if kojic acid does not initially irritate the skin, there’s a danger of developing allergic contact dermatitis with continued regular use. You should discontinue use if you note side effects such as red rash or bumps, itching, pain, blisters and dry, red patches of skin.

Do you prefer Kojic acid to hydroquinone? Tell me your thoughts on this in the comment section below.

About the Author

As a professional make-up artist and beauty enthusiast, Luiza's expertise has become highly prized over the years. As owner of this site, she set her mind to create a publication for those who are focused not just on beauty trends and popular brands, but also on the industry's most well-kept secrets.

Published on November 4, 2013 in Skin care .
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  1. Swathi


    Which are the best creams with Kojic acid (which have within prescribed below 1% concentration od Kojic acid)?


  2. Hi Swathi,

    I think the best creams with this active ingredient are the ones specially prepared in pharmacies (drugstores). Get a prescription from your dermatologist and the pharmacist will make you one with the exact concentration you desire.

    If you’d rather use a familiar brand, you can try one of these:

    Palmer’s Skin Success Eventone Ultra Fade Serum With Kojic Dipalmitate Complex


    La Roche Posay Mela-D Range – Dark Spots Moisturizer SPF 15, Pigment Control and Serum (the last of which contains 1% kojic acid)

    Best of luck,

  3. Lovy

    can a 15 yr. old girl use a kojic acid soap ? and i note some side effects like itching should i discontinue using the kojie san saop ?

    • Hi Lovy,

      Age isn’t a factor here, however your sensitive skin and how it reacts to the Kojic Acid soap is.

      As I said in the article, “you should discontinue use if you note side effects such as red rash or bumps, ITCHING, pain, blisters and dry, red patches of skin”.

      If you tell me more about the skin condition you were trying to improve by using Kojic acid, I might be able to recommend an alternative that is more suitable for you. If not, I suggest you go to a dermatologist and let them prescribe smth for you.

      Let me know,

  4. sowmya

    hi, i am sowmya, i am 28yrs.having 2 kids. i have lot of dark spots, pimple and pores. i am feeling much to face the society. all r hurting me by asking about my skin. i undergoes some medical treatment also.moderate color.kindly reccomended the best bb cream.too oil skin. best powder, cream , face wash. pl suggest me. waiting for reply

    • Hi Sowmya,

      If you are looking for a BB cream, BRTC Aqua Rush Water Drop BB Cream should be perfect for you as it provides excellent coverage and uses AHA and BHA to exfoliate dead skin cells. This should work not only to cover imperfections and pigmentation, but also treat them.

      An even better option coverge wise would be Diorsnow BB Creme White Reveal UV Protection. This evens the complexion and brightens the skin by reducing the appearance of dark spots.

      I also recommend Vichy ProEVEN mineral BB Cream, a product that not only covers dark spots with its medium coverage formula, but also promises to even out skin tone in four weeks.

      All these products are available here:

      Powder wise, I’ll be posting soon enough a review of the best CC Powders on the market, so make sure you visit again :) I’ll be sure to update this comment and give you the link to that post, once I upload it.

      Regarding your skin care regime, I would suggest you try some of the new products recently launched by Boots Botanics. I’m using the All Bright face cream and the Shine Away ionic face mask to mattify my skin and I am very pleased with the products. Read more about them here:

      Hope these work for you! Let me know!

  5. manohar

    can i use both of it

  6. hi.i m ume.want to ask you is it safe if i use 2% kojic acid cream with lemon juice and rose water for skin lightening……kindly tell me …

  7. Alexis

    Hi I have sensitive skin with slight eczema problems but not on my face. I have dark skin with pigmentation problems on my face. Will kojic acid work for me? I plan on going to my dermatologist next week and I want something to clear up my PIH.

    • Hi Alexis,
      I really think you should see your dermatologist before you proceed :)

    • AceRel

      Hello Alexis. I’ve had problems with eczema too and I am planning to use Kojie-san soap sometime in the future. Would you mind telling me about any experiences you’ve had with using kojic acid? Did it aggravate your condition or cause any problems?

  8. Hunnam

    Does kojie san remove genetic freckles

  9. peter

    hi am a black and a male and having a light skin but not fair,, i want to ask for the best skin care product that contains kojic acid of 1 percent to help remove black spots on my face and also a body lotion product to help give me a slightly lighter skin uniformly and which does NOT bleaches

    • Hi Peter,

      IMO, removing black spots does not require such a drastic treatment as kojic acid and since you have dark skin, this regime might not be the best solution for you. I promise I will write a post about getting rid of black spots soon, but in relation to slightly lightening your skin, I would strongly recommend visiting a dermatologist to take cautious actions, instead of following an online recipe. Please consider :)

  10. Asfandyar

    Can I absorb kojic acid whitening cream into my skin…does it harm…

  11. Nafisa

    Hi Luiza, this was a helpful read thank you! I was wondering I am an Indian woman so is 4% Kojic acid safe for me? Also you mentioned creams such as Cape Fear Naturals Kojic Acid Cream – is this a cream that you know to be an effective one (personally) or was it just an example for the article? Is there any cream containing 4% Kojic acid that you would recommend?

    • Hi Nafisa,

      My advice would be to increase the kojic acid concentration gradually and see how your skin reacts. As I mentioned in the article, there is the possibility of skin irritation..

      I asked my mom to try out the Cape Fear Naturals Cream and it actually helped her a lot. It’s your decision if you want to start by using a 4% cream from the beginning, however I recommend you precaution :)



    • Hi, Momi,

      You can definitely use it if you want to get rid of your dark spots and freckles. You should also try skin care treatments for your acne and black heads. Best of luck!

      • SALMA


        • Kojic acid is a popular treatment for dark spots and freckles and you should definitely try a face cream and/or soap to get rid of those, however acne marks or black heads will require another form of treatment.

  13. Najjud

    Hi. My name is Naj . A guy who live somewhere in asia.
    Just wondering if you can suggest me some skin care products.

    Im having some trouble handling my acne that keep on growing on my jaw part. Before my face was just fine. But when i started using cleanser, toner and moisturiser, as people said it will make my face more briliant and clean. I started to have these kind of problem, acne on my jaw and i can,t get rid of it. Stubborn pimple.

    i undergo some facial treatment at the beauty salon, and they recommend me to use their product which is Kojic papaya soap. It really did tighten my skin , but im not sure either it helps to solve my acne on my jaw.

    So i went to the pharmacy and they gave me antibiotic tablets and suggest me to use T3 Mycin clindamycin gel 1%.

    Please help me :(

    • Hi, Naj,

      I haven’t heard anything about your age and skin type, if it’s oily, combination, dry or sensitive and I also don’t know if your skin problems are so great that you are required to take antibiotic tablets. This action will further affect your body’s resilience to bacteria and germs.

      My first thought is that you chose the wrong skin care products, that triggered the acne problems. I’m talking the whole regime – cleanser, toner and especially the moisturizer. The tightening sensation you experience from using the Kojic acid soap is normal, yet it is not likely to solve your acne problems. A more powerful course of action is needed and I suggest you see your dermatologist and work out a skin care plan.

      The T3 gel you were recommended at the pharmacy contains antibiotics, which is a popular and usually effective treatment for acne vulgaris. I’m not saying it will do harm, but I strongly think that this is a phase that you have to overcome with the help of your dermatologist.

      • Najjud

        Thank you very much for your feedback and advices. I really appreciate it. Anyway my age is 22 years old. I have an oily type of skin especially at the nose part. Really annoyed me. Thanks again. I think I will make an effort to see the dermatologist.

  14. Angelica

    Hi. Is it natural effect if using kojic soap, having pimples at first use? Im using it for the first time time. And i have noticed that my pimples multipliying on my forehead.

  15. Sdu

    can an 8 yr old girl use these products to lighten her body skin?

  16. mubarakh

    Hi Luiza. I’m 23 years old. And I have oily face type of skin. Im having a problem where my acne is very hard to settle down and keep on attacking my jaw and my cheek.

    At the moment I am having a facial treatment where they prick my acne out. It hurts so much. Im not sure if its the best solution as the scar is really worse however they told me that it will only lasts for a few months. Help me with this

  17. Hi, Mubarkh,

    From my knowledge, acne is best dealt with a proper medication, not facials that may cause tissue damage and scar you for life. Have you considers seeing a dermatologist? They could prescribe a better treatment for you and even suggest some skin care options that are would work for you. Best of luck!

  18. Isha

    Hi Luiza,
    I am of Indian background, and I’d say I’m of medium brown complexion. I’m currently using a 2% hydroquinone cream to even out and brighten my skin tone so I can confidently go out wearing only sunscreen on my face – as opposed to a face full of foundation.
    I am concerned about whether using hydroquinone is dangerous if I only plan on using it for 2 months maximum?
    I’m kind of thinking about switching to cape fears 4% kojic acid – do you know whether I’d be able to even out and brighten my skin tone to the same/similar degree using kojic acid instead of hydroquinone? If your answer is yes than I’d rather stop using hydroquinone and start on the kojic acid. Any advice would be appreciated

    • Using hydroquinone for a smaller period of time isn’t an issue, however everyone says kojic acid is better, so if you were already planning on going through wit the switch, I strongly encourage it :) Best of luck!

  19. Rabia khan

    Hi luiza how are you?I hope you are fine.You are sooooo Beautiful and pretty Keep smiling:-)well i want to ask you that if i discontinue using kojie san soap will my skin become more darker or it will remain my normal skin color…I mean if we stop using kojic acid soap will our skin become darker.Thanks alot for replying.Stay Blessed.Takecare.Regards.

    • Hi, Rabia,

      I’m great, thanks for asking! Feeling particularly happy because of your cute compliments and comment. Now to answer your question, if you discontinue using the soap, your skin won’t get darker and you will continue to see the results that you got from this treatment for a while.

      However, I recommend you use sun factor protection from then on daily and follow other suggestions I mentioned in the article.

      Have a great day! Hugs

  20. Rabia khan

    Hi Luiza I wanted to thank you soooo much for replying:-)Honestly Speaking Iam not buttering really You have got such a sweet cute Personality.You are sooo beautiful.May God bless you in every step of your life.Ameen.Keep smiling:-)Takecare.Regards.

  21. i am muhammad asif from Lahore Pakistan. i am using whiting creams since six year ago. but now my face is red and pink i want to stop using skin whiting cream. because my body color is white and face color is red and pink. when i stop using cream black spot appear on my face and my color is getting black what can i do for my face … my skin is oily and i am 24 years old boy.. tell me how to solve this problem

    • Hi, Muhammad!
      I understand the problem, unfortunately I am not qualified to answer your questions. I really think you should see a dermatologist and solve the issues :( Best of luck and take care!

  22. vivian

    Hi, I’m a 24year old girl from Nigeria. I have bin battling with pimples underneath my skin on both sides of cheeks. I have tried all sorts of clean nd clear acne cleansers and Mary Kay pimple solutions. I recently came across a dermatologist who suggested d use of kojic soap,id like to knw if u have any idea of products dt can tackle pimples. Dt

  23. Hi,
    Im 30 years old i have dark pigments in face i was using skinlite cream before now i stopped using the skinlite as im pregnant now,the problem is my face has become too dark than before kindly advice me can use Kojic Acid Soap.If yes also let me whether its available in Singapore.

  24. saheli ghosh

    mam i am a bengali girl,not speak english.i am 20 years.amr problem mukhe onek black sport dakha6e amake kojic cream deya6n.ami 1week use kore6e but kno inprove hoche na.ami ki krbo.pls tell me.i am waiting your reply.thanku

  25. Knoll

    Hi Luiza,
    I’m 40 yrs. old using kojic papaya soap for a month & I noticed that I’m having bumps/pimples & dryness of skin. what you will suggest me if should stop using this? What is better treatment for bumps/pimples that has redness? Thanks

    • Look for products that don’t have comedogenic or harmful ingredients. Use a moisturizer after you wash your face with kojic soap, if you want to continue the treatment

  26. Knoll

    Hi Luiza,
    I’m 40 yrs. old using kojic papaya soap for a month & I noticed that I’m having bumps/pimples & dryness of skin. what you will suggest me if should stop using this? What is better treatment for bumps/pimples that has redness? Thanks

  27. saima wasif

    Hi me saima from pakistan.i put glycolic on my face after microdermabrasion and i get hyperpigmentasion on my cheeks.can i use hydroquinone cream and kojic soap together.plz tel me

    • Hi Saima,
      I think you should just stick to one treatment at a time. Kojic acid is said to be better than hydroquinone for most people, but the choice is yours :)

  28. juliet

    Can I use cojic acid soap with QE1+ paris privilege cream? Its a toning body milk lotion with caviar extract

  29. Lisa

    I heard that if you discontinue the use of kojic acid your skin will become darker than it had been before. Is this true?

  30. ash

    hi. im ash. a filipina, 21 years old.
    i used kojie san soap for almost a year until now amd my skin really whitens..i dont even have pimple and the soap doesnt irritate my skin not like before when its my 1st time to use it but i get into it.,…
    when i went out to the beach because its summer this year, i forgot to use sunblock before going to the beach thats why my skin got sunburned. for 3 consecutive days i took a cold bath and then applying ice cube directly to my sunburned skin(face, neck, arms). i noticed i got pimples already. i stop using cold bath. i used warm water and kojie san soap for a week now after exposing my skin to sun at the beach. it lightens my skin but not just like before ..i apply last night a lemon juice on my skin after taking a bath with kojie san soap..and after 2 minutes of staying the lemon on my skin, my skin irritates thats why i immediately wash my skin..
    can i continue using lemon juice on my skin after i take a bath with kojie san soap in the evening? do this can help me go back to my white skin and not a tan skin?? plsss do reply. thank you :) :):)

    • Hi Ash,

      After a sun burn like yours, the skin needs time to heal properly. Applying exfoliating ingredients like kojic acid and lemon juice would be a mistake at this point, since several surface skin layers have been affected by sun damage already.

      Please be patient until your skin heals properly before you return to your whitening treatment. To speed things up, apply nourishing face masks, hydrating face creams and other natural oils and butters to replenish the skin barrier that was damaged by sun exposure.

      Take better care next time and don’t neglect your SPF!

      • ash

        how long will i wait for my sun damaged skin to heal?
        i read from an article that you can use lemon juice for skin damage and use kojie san soap as well. so i tried it.. i also noticed that my skin never peels off up to now.i will stop using kojie san soap annd applying lemon…so what soap should i use? can i use dove soap? will my skin peels off my damaged skin?

  31. ash

    how long will i wait for my sun damaged skin to heal?
    i read from an article that you can use lemon juice for skin damage and use kojie san soap as well. so i tried it.. i also noticed that my skin never peels off up to now.i will stop using kojie san soap annd applying lemon…so what soap should i use? can i use dove soap? will my skin peels off my damaged skin?

  32. K.John

    i want to refer Kojic acid and serum for skin whitening but i wanna ask that her face is naturally dark , for her fairness i going to recommend her , my question is ; is it helpful for her fairness ?
    Normally what combination of Kojic acid is Require ?
    How long necessary to be used ?
    i dont know much more about creams and acids help for me becoz i not want to be disappoint after recommendation :(

  33. K.John

    i already asked something here , but my comments dis appeared dont know why ? is it any wrong i asked ?

    • Kojic Acid will brighten the complexion, you will see the results after the 2nd or 3rd use. Most people use soap, serum and cream treatment on and off (not daily) for 2-3 months, until they achieve the desired results. Hope this helps!

  34. susmita datta

    Hi Luiza, I am Mahima, 23 years old.. I want know that can I use kojic acid dipalmitate 2.0% with glycolic acid 5.0% cream and the product name is Brite Night?? please reply me as soon as possible.. I am waiting for your reply..

    • I haven’t heard of Brite Night, so I don’t know much about the formula, if it will make you break out or not, but the lightening ingredients in that percentage will work. Hope it works for you! Please let me know :) Hugs

  35. lucky

    hi gudpm, i want to know if what kojic asid soap can i try. im 23 years old and is my first time to try the kojic asid soap and i don’t know what % can i
    use and how to used it? and after used kojic what can i apply to become not dry? thank you :-)

  36. vineeth

    hi am using lomela cream for getting fair skin actually am dark i got a good result bt nw it has left a pinkish pigment around ma eyes frnds and docotors are suggesting me with kojic cream shall i use dat

  37. Am usind one cream which contain kojic I have spot onmy face and legs can it work for it?

  38. Gudmorning ma, how is everythung ma? , pls Am having spots on my face n legs can d cream that contain kojic work for it

  39. Hi I’m having problems too many freckles and acne what cream is the best and I’m 23

    • Hi Elysee,

      I recommend the Procelain Skin Whitening Serum, which will lighten your freckles, as well as exfoliate your skin and nourish it. The effective ingredients include hydroquinone (2%), kojic acid, glycolic acid, vitamin C, licorice root extract. Procelain Skin whitening serum has immensely soothing anti-inflammatory properties, which are perfect for sensitive skin and it doesn’t cause break outs.

      It won’t treat your acne, but it won’t make it worse either. To get rid of your acne, you have to use a specialized skin care product, that your dermatologist will prescribe.

      I can only help you by recommending a skin lightening kojic acid cream, that you can purchase from here:

      Hope you like it! Hugs


    Should kojic skin lightening cream use in night. And are there any problems to expose light with apply korjic skin lightening cream..?

    • No, there is no risk involved with sun exposure. Typically, the greatest concern is skin sensitivity over prolonged use. This sensitivity includes redness, itching, some inflammation, so if you see any of these signs, stop the treatment.

  41. claire

    can I use eskinol with dalacin c with kojic acid soap in my face?

  42. lokesh

    Hi, mai skinliet cream use karta hu our morning mai daily sunscreen use karta hu mujhe face pai glow laana hai isliye plz koi night cream bataye moisturiser face ko plz ans me

  43. lokesh

    Hi. Mai skinliet cream daily use karta hu our daily u.v.light sunscreen cream ko morning mai use karta hu mujhe face pai glow laana hai plz koi night moisturiser cream bataye mujhe plz ans me

  44. sukanya iyer

    My skin has suddenly lost its charm.. N skin has become dark and dull.. Can I use kojic acid cream on my face.. Will it work.. ??
    Please help me to regain my charm back.

  45. don

    I m using spotsrub cream with kojic acid and glycolic acid I want to know which time is the best for using ….

    • It may be unsafe to use both kojic acid and glycolic acid as a treatment. If you want to use the combined effects of several ingredients, I recommend:
      1) licorice root extract + glycolic acid + vitamin E
      2) kojic acid + arbutin + green tea extract + vitamin C

      Take care!

  46. R.karthikeyini

    hi mam…..
    i used skinlite cream once when i stopped i got very dark tone i wanna get fair and glow skin
    is kojic acid make the changes..?
    if so pls mention the kojic acid cream name……..

    • Hello,

      That’s the problem with hidroquinone – if you stop using them, you hyper pigmentation will reappear. You can use a kojic acid cream from this list in order to get the best results:

      However, if you want to avoid dark spots in the future, you will have to apply an SPF cream at all times when you leave the house. Sun exposure will always cause dark spots to reappear.

      Take care!

  47. christa fl

    I have a very sensitive skin & pro breakout & have a lot of dark spots due to acne scars. One of my concerns, aging skin around my eyes. after 2-3 days of using the Somaluxe Moisturizer – the results are unbelievable! around my eyes, the line that’s been bothering me for quite a while is lessening & the dark spots on my cheeks wow! start to lighten!

  48. Beth

    Hey Luiza, hope ur okay?
    I have 2 questions..
    I got a burn(mild) some yrs back, it formed a scar tissue, a keloid that is still hyperpigmented to date. Could i use the kojic soap to whiten this area up a little?
    2. And could the kojic soap usage be restricted to the Areas of the inner thighs, bikini area basically and underarms?
    Thank u.

    • Hi Beth,

      Very good question, but sadly I don’t really know if kojic acid works to lighten scars. It should and it might, however I couldn’t test the theory since I don’t have any keloid scars. If you do try it, please let me know what the outcome is.

      Now to answer your other question, there isn’t a restriction against using kojic acid on the underarms or around the bikini area. Just be careful to avoid using it on the intimate areas, as it can be drying and it will affect the pH value.


  49. Saba khan

    Hi luzia…. how r u?? Am having spots n pimples on my face … n m really very depressed… so what i do?? Plzzz tell m. What i can use kojic acid cream or soap???? Plzzz hep meee :(

    • Hi Saba,

      Kojic acid will help you with dark spots that result after your previous acne spots have healed. If you have any, the soap will help. However, you should try some cleansing lotions for the pimples.

  50. Hi luiza.. Im 23years old.. I was using panderm plus cream for 3months for skin whitening…but due to panderm plus.. I got a bark pots on face … So I came to knw . It is more danger to continue long period…. So im planning to switch to kojic acid plz suggest me that. Can I go wit koji acid..

  51. What are best skin care product 4 dark spot in the legs,hands and back 4 a 17yrs old. The spot has last 4 3yrs now. Pls convert the money to naira.

  52. starjeckai

    . .what pr0duct is best f0r minimizing wrinkles and aging? thank y0u :)

  53. Kas

    Hey, so I have alot of old acne scars and patches of dark marks all over my forehead. And I have dark lips and the area around my lips are dark due to sun exposure from a long time ago. So how would this soap do with old hyperpigmentation? Also, I’m using kojic acid cream and I just want to know how that would work with kojic acid soap. I’ve been using kojic acid cream for a week now and have no results. I’ve also was using Tretinoin cream for 4 months with no results as well. But I’m starting to mix it with Kojic acid cream and use it on my face and neck. Do you think this would be effective?
    I have dark skin, I live in California and I’m female. And I use lotion daily but with only SPF 15(Do you think I should use higher SPF?). I just want an even complexion, I don’t care much for being lighter than my original skin tone. My main focus is getting rid of hyperpigmentation from pimples and the sun. Please reply, I don’t wanna buy the soap without your personal input because your answers seem very helpful.

    • Hi Kas,
      I know for a fact that products with kojic acid really treat old pigmentation, so you probably need to keep at it for a longer period of time. Try the soap + cream routine to get faster results.

      I haven’t used or heard anything about the Tretinoin cream, so I can’t say if using them at the same time is a good idea.

      I’m glad you mentioned the SPF cream, because using it daily is a must in order to prevent dark spots. You can either use a higher SPF (50) and reapply it less frequent, or continue with the SPF 15 that you’re using and apply it every 30 – 50 minutes, depending on the weather.

      Hope these work for you :)

  54. abhay kumar

    i just wanna to know is kojic acid can really get whittnen my skin

  55. nelieag


    my face is oily…and i have lots of white heads all over my face…is it suitable for me to use kojic acid cream?im using physiogel cream for 2weeks but no improvement

    • Hi, Nelieag,

      Your problem is with oil build up and clogged pores, not skin discolorations. Kojic acid won’t do a thing for you. You need to invest in a skin care regime – cleansing gel + toner – for oily skin.

  56. Hania joiya

    Hi,its me Hania from Pakistan.I am pragnet and having malasma on my face,I mean its both side of my eyes and little bit on my cheeks.plz tell me what cream I can use for my malasma,remember I am preganet,and I am 34 years old.

  57. Hania joiya

    Hi,its me Hania.I am 34 years old and I am pregnant.I have malasma on my face,not too much but little bit on cheeks and darker from eye site ,its appear in pregnancy plz tell me what cream I can use in pregnancy and how.and how many months.thanks.

  58. Hania joiya

    Hi,I am Hania from Pakistan Islamabad.I am 8th month pregnant and in pregnancy some freckels are appear on my right side of the eye and little bit on cheeks,same problem is on left side.plz tell me which cream combination I can use and how log,I am 34 years old and already have 2kids.plz help me for clear my face.

  59. Sha Mae

    Hi Luiza! I have an oily, acne-prone skin. My friend told me that kojic acid soap is also good for treating acne so I tried using it. But, after several weeks of using, I suffered acne break.outs. (I’m also using different facial cleanser at the same time). It made me doubt on the idea that kojic soap can really treat acne. Looking forward for your reply. Thanks.

    • Hi, Sha Mae,

      The truth is that kojic acid can exfoliate and be drying to existing pimples, and it can prevent excess buildup in some cases, or be too drying and cause breakouts in others.

      It really depends, but no, I wouldn’t recommend it as a general treatment, so if it’s damaging to you, I’d stop using it.

  60. Hassan ali

    Hello, I am from pakistan, i am 18 years old, my skin colour specially my face is getting darker, i have used many cream contaiting steroids etc but havent got results i wanted.. Can you please prescribed me a cream which help to lighten my skin colour in few days?? I want to be fairer in quick time.. Please help me.. Reply please.. Thanks :)

    Please help!!

  61. akshay

    hey luiza
    can i use kojic acid 1%
    just before that im also using some lightning cream
    so plz tell me that is it really works for reduces skin rashes
    an dark spots

    • Hi Akshay,

      You can use kojic acid cream to reduce or even treat dark spots on your face, but it’s not safe to use if you have skin rashes – allow and help them heal first, by using drugs or lotions recommended by your doctor.

      • Nandan`

        hi my face is very dark sopts and pmipals ,,,i will try more crems but not work for that crems pls tel sper solution

  62. siman

    I am a dark coloured guy with the ageof 26. I have used pandrum plus for last 2yrs. At the beginning my face became white. Then it stated get pimples like reddish in colour then gadually becomes very dark spot. And it spread to my total face so I left using pandrum plus. So my skin became more darker than before….
    And face is looking like black colour is painted.
    Shall I use kojic skin lightning cream for the solution of it?

  63. imaan khan

    hi i m imaan from pakistan m 28 yrz old i hav alot of light brown moles uneven skin tone does kojic acid cream and face eash help me out to get rid of theze problems

  64. Sneha

    Hey Luizo,

    Thanks for the great info on Kojic acid…this was very informative however I do have obe concern..

    My arms are more tanned than the rest of my body…I am trying to get them even….I have just order Kojic acid soap…but I am still scared to use it.
    I am indian with golden skin tone…so will it be safer for me to use?
    Does this acid completely destroy the melanin?

    Will I always have to use sunscreen? even if I stop using it?
    And last one if I stop using it will my sskin turn black? Or anyothrr effect?

    Thank you so much

  65. Rose


    I have a upper-lip pigmentation, what can i use? This makes me look like if i have a beard.

  66. grace

    Hello, could u pls prescribe a body cream or lotion together with a soap that doesn’t contain ‘hydrquinone, steroids and mercury’ please… but will visibly brigthen and give one an even skin tone. And where can one get it. Thanks! Shouldn’t be too pricey…

  67. Sasori

    Hi can i use kojic acid soap? i’m 15 years old i have dark spots on my face what are the effect when i use this soap ? please reply :)

  68. maha

    Please help me i am in the age if 32 i am sufering in acne problems and blemishes in around cheaks and chin areas i consult skin specialist bt medicine nit effect plz help me my complextion is fair so i am feeling imbalancing kindly help me

  69. Miguel

    Hello. Can i use toner and moistizer after i used kojic acid soap?

  70. charlotte mcdonald

    hi im CHARLOTTE 21 from England. im a very self conscious girl who hates her freckles! its came to the fact I wont leave my room without makeup on yet as the day goes on my makeup comes off and freckles are on view! hate hate hate them! im looking at’ Lactic Acid Whitening Lotion Remove Freckles Pigmentation Melasma Sun Spots ‘
    do you think this will be okay for me to use aswell as im starting sunbeds and ino this brings them out more but will it keep my freckles from returning ? thanks

  71. erlinda

    In t 1st week I did using kojic papaya soap its my acnes hv a more n keep cming out so thats its good sign or should I stop to use that product?????thanks..

  72. narendar

    Hi, luiza
    Hope u r well.. any way i wanna ask the best cream for the fairness with no side effects i it should give perfect fairness and its for face and neck it should not give any pimples and dark spots… give me the cream name white u r experienced and thankyeww alot

  73. izuaje Gloria

    Please where can I get Kojic Papaya soup in Nigeria, I really need it

  74. 45 and aging

    I have the La Roche Posay Mela D serum and concentrate. I’m confused as to where I should incorporate this into my routine of hyalronic acid, vitamin c (morning) and retina (evening)

  75. nazakat

    hii luiza……um 23 …..i hav freckles n melasma on my face…..can i use kojic skin lightening cream to get rid of sch problems….if so, how and when to apply it i mean mornibg or evening…

  76. Yvonne

    I am 25 , but my have back mark from hydroquinone wat to use to remove it .

  77. Bharatesh Kumar

    I have tanned skin. lots of black spots on the face. it started around one year back.
    until than i ahd a good wheatish skin. before this i never had any face problem.

    my doctor has presribed by sunscream of SPF -40 (sungrace from Glenmark) and kojic acid in the night time.

    i heard Lemon juice also helps in reducing tanned skin. can i use the lime juice as well twice a day. or is it a bad combination along with Kojic acid…?

  78. lara

    Hi luzia,
    I am lara. I hope ur fyn.I am 17yrs old and i am havng black spots on my face,so can i use kojic san soap, if i can thn do u have any idea where i can get it in qatar.

  79. akika

    Hello Luiza,

    How are you? I was impressed when I read all your blogs and the way you answered those question are even helpful. I got a problem too. I got some tiny holes in my cheeks cause by severe acne before and I want to get rid of it. Can I use kojic acid soap? Do you it will help to get rid of it? Thank you so much!

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