Why Is Kojic Acid The Better Lightening Ingredient?


When Kojie San made its debut in the world of skin whitening and lightening, it immediately became a hit because not only it is effective, but also gentle; Kojic Acid remains one of the preferred (and arguably the top choice) of a lot of Filipinas when it comes to whitening and lightening. I know a lot of friends who are loyal users of Kojic Acid; I myself also prefer Kojic Acid soap on my armpits and knees for no-fuss exfoliation and to maintain the evenness on those areas.

So why is Kojic Acid the better lightening ingredient, really? Kojie San revealed to us why in a quaint tete-a-tete last week.


L-R: Host Janeena Chan, Dr. Lindsay Torralba, Marketing Head for Kojie San Tricia Gregorio, and Celebrity Makeup Artist RB Chanco

According to a presentation by Dr. Lindsay, Kojic Acid, compared to its equally popular whitening counterparts, Papaya and Glutathione, is better; the three ingredients actually whiten and lighten skin in their own terms, but Papaya can be drying to the skin and Glutathione can be very expensive, not to mention it's something that's more effective if supported orally. Kojic Acid, on the other hand, is gentler, may produce results faster, and can even be used by those with sensitive skin (but should be used with necessary precautions) compared to most whitening ingredients. Kojic Acid is sourced from either mushrooms or rice; the latter is safer so look for a skin lightening/whitening range that derives Kojic Acid from rice - Kojie San is a great example.

I have also learned in the event that in dermatology, lightening and whitening have different meanings; I am aware that these are marketing terms used interchangeably and depending on the country, but I've always believed that there are minor differences between the two and it has been confirmed; according to the presentation, Whitening is a complete change in color, while Lightening refers to the evening of skin tone specifically the targeting of hyper pigmented skin areas.

So if you have uneven skin tone, tan lines from your recent beach trip, or post- acne marks, Kojic Acid is a great ingredient to choose in getting back your evenness because it's generally safe and effective; you can even use it for weekly exfoliation and you don't have to search far and wide nor shell out a lot for Kojic Acid because it is readily available in drugstores.

Such an interesting event! I learned a lot!

Care to share your thoughts/experiences about Kojic Acid and Kojie San? Let's talk about it in the comments section!

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22 Lovely Thoughts

  1. My sister introduce Kojie San to me way back in college and my skin really whitened or lightened or let's just say it makes my skin illuminate but when I am already looking for a job and "need" to put on make up on my face I started to have breakouts so I stopped it for a while coz I am using other soaps to cure my acne. Is it okay to use kojie san along with the soap I am using to cure my acne? Please let me know. Plus it's really shocking to know it's from mushroom or rice. Oh my! Amazing!

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    1. Not really sure if you can combine kojie san with another pretty strong skin care such as anti-acne skin care. I think it would be safer to use them alternately and allow your skin to breathe in between. Experiment and find the technique that works for you. :)

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    2. That's what I believe to so I stop using it for a while coz I am using other soap with other ingredients for a specific problem that I need to solve. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this.

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  2. I initially thought that lightening and whitening were two synonymous words, but that doesn't seem to be the case. :) I love Kojie San's kojic acid soap because it really does what it promises. It's my go-to soap for when I get harsh tan lines. :) I haven't tried their line of body lotions, but I do use a variety of products with kojic acid content to somehow counteract the effects of daily exposure to the sun, no matter how long. :)

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    1. Same. I use Kojic Acid to keep my ,armpits, knees, and elbows from turning dark because and to even out sun burn. :)

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  3. I never tried any Kojic Acid or Kojie San before. Nice info regarding whitening and lightening of skin. Thanks also for the tip, maybe I'm going to try Kojie San on my armpit also.

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  4. Been using Kojie San for years and never looked the other way.

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  5. I've been using kojic acid soap for 3 years now and I've seen a big difference from my skin.it is much whiter than before especially my face and tan lines. it doesn't just kept my skin lighter it also keeps my skin healthy and out of pimples. My friends told me to stop using it because it may harm my skin maybe not now but as I grew old because of too much chemicals.I'm glad to hear that it is made of rice or mushroom. Thank you for this

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  6. Yeah I am using Kojie San and it's effective, and smells good too. Thanks for enlightening us about the difference between lightening and whitening.

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  7. The soap is really awesome! Yung soap palang talaga nattry ko and nakakalighten talaga sya ng skin. Next time i'll purchase yung lotion naman. Thank uou for sharing this!

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  8. All of us in the family (even my two brothers) use their anti-aging soap line. We love its subtle vanilla scent specially that my Mom and I love that variant because it feels more moisturizing.

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    1. Thanks for sharing. Wow! A family of Kojie San users. :)

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  9. Matagal ko ng gustong itry to. Kasi palagi ko syang nakikita sa mga grocery sa malls. Tapos yung mga iba kong friends eto rin ang ginagamit. Yung manager ko nung nag wowork pa ako sa fast food chain, matagal na daw nya ginagamit yun daw nag paputi sakanya, ewan ko ba bakit hindi ako napapabili neto. Palagi akong "next punta ko promise" haha!!! Sa susunod na balik ko, maitry na nga 😂

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  10. Before i was super hesitant to use this product, to be honest i thought full of chemicals ganon. Yun pala hindi!! so i opted not to buy until i've read yours, donnarence and liz reviews about the product. Will definitely try this. Pwede ba yung soap sa face?

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    1. There are some who use the soap, but personally, I haven't tried. :) I think yes, you can, but don't leave it on for too long on your face. :)

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  11. I've tried this before, using this for months and didn't work for me. Wala na yata akong ipuputi. Hahaha!

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  12. I want to try Kojie san products been seeing them at SM malls kaya lang I wanted to read reviews muna before purchasing... but it seems that the brand is good other bloggers are using it na!

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    1. Yup, Been a Kojie San user for 2 years now. :)

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  13. Great Read! Now i wanna know where i can purchase it!

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