Kojic Acid Acne Scars

Q: Can you use kojic acid for acne scars?

A: Despite the fact that I’m on my way to be thirty years old, I still suffer from acne on a regular basis. Although it’s not as bad as when I was younger, I still get a big pimple every week or two (in addition to many small ones). The problem with my type of acne – acne vulgaris – is that the resulting scars are usually pretty nasty. They bleed and then turn into a dark spot. So whether you’re a teen or an adult, this is a problem for many people.

Kojic acid acne scars treatment…
Initially, before I started this blog about kojic acid, my main concern about skin lightening is that it was dangerous. I had read stuff about it containing cancer causing agents. Only later did I find out that is in reference to  the other lightening ingredient; hydroquinone. Kojic acid is completely different. It’s a naturally occurring substance that is usually extracted from mushrooms. Although there is a possible side effect of increased sensitivity, it doesn’t have all those dangers that the other lightening ingredient does.  After I discovered this, I was intrigued at the idea of using kojic acid for acne scars…

The different types of kojic acid products available…
Typically, kojic acid is applied regularly for a few weeks or months (whatever the manufacturer recommends). Now there are all sorts of kojic acid products on the market; soap, creams, gels, cleansers, etc. Each of them have their advantages. For example, the benefit of the soap version is that it can easily be used in the shower and doesn’t involve a separate application. However the advantages of the kojic acid cream and gels is that they are worn for longer periods of times, so therefore they have more of an impact.

Using it as a acne scar remover…
Ultimately, you will need to do further research to find out if kojic acid is the right way for you to go. Even though kojic acid products are non-prescription, it still wouldn’t hurt to talk with a dermatologist to get their professional advice. They may have a recommendation as to which type of kojic acid product would be best for your type of acne scars.

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