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How to Buy Kojic Acid

By Heather Topham Wood ; Updated July 18, 2017

Kojic acid is a type of ingredient that can assist in the lightening of the skin. It is used as a way to treat individuals who are suffering from hyperpigmentation. Hyperpigmentation occurs when certain patches of the skin are darker than others. If you have this condition, speak to your doctor about buying and using kojic acid to correct the problem. You can find over the counter skin treatments with kojic acid as the central ingredient.

  1. Determine the form of the Kojic acid that you wish to purchase. Kojic acid skin care products are available in several forms including soaps and creams. For all over treatment, soap may be appropriate while creams can be used for spot treatment.

  2. Find stores that carry Kojic acid. Skin care product retailers will likely have a line of Kojic acid items for sale, as will pharmacies like CVS and Walgreens. Brands you can expect to find include Devita Natural Skin Care with Kojic Acid and Derma Whitening Soap. If you choose to buy Kojic acid online, you can purchase from web stores such as Vitacost. Vitacost carries Reviva Labs Spot Cream with Kojic Acid.

  3. Look at how much Kojic acid is found in the product. If the skin needs to be lightened dramatically, you will want to choose a product with a high concentration of Kojic acid, .5 percent or higher. For skin tones that only need to be lightened slightly, you can use a product with a lower concentration. Keep in mind that the maximum concentration permitted is 1 percent.

  4. Place your order for the Kojic acid. A one ounce container of the cream will likely cost you less than $10. If you are ordering online, keep in mind that you may need to pay shipping and handing charges as well.

  5. Test out a small area of your skin once the Kojic acid arrives to make sure you don’t have a reaction to the product. It may take as long as four weeks for results to appear. You may need to order more than one container of the Kojic acid product to have enough to last over this time period.

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