If you follow my KikaySikat Facebook Page, you would see in my past post that I bought a box of 3 Kojie San Kojic Soap for review. It has garnered a huge following because of commercials, advertisements, and promotions from bloggers. I was even thankful that they invited me to their 10th year anniversary but I did not attend. Why? Just continue reading until the end of my review…
How Does Kojic Acid Work?
Kojic acid is a compound that is commonly derived from various fungi. Kojic acid is often used as a skin lightening agent because of its effects on a protein known as tyrosinase. According to Dr. Alaina J James at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, kojic acid works by preventing a specific function of tyrosinase called its catecholase function. The important thing to understand about the catecholase function is that it is the most important step in making the compound melanin. Melanin is the primary pigment in skin. Thus, by inhibiting the tyrosinase protein’s ability to make melanin, kojic acid is able to prevent skin pigmentation, which can help lighten the skin’s tone.
Kojie San Ingredients: Coconut Oil, Water, Sodium Hydroxide, Kojic Acid, Carrageenean (unsafe ingredient, it is seaweed can cause pimples to some people, like me huhu), Mineral Oil, Tea Tree Oil.
Kojie San Kojic Soap Review
I’ve tried countless of kojic soaps over the years; including the generic ones you can buy at China Town to the famous Dr. Alvin’s, and those distributed by dermatologists. Kojic has always been the staple ingredient for most skin whitening soaps. I’m not surprised if a lot of brands use it, especially the over the counter ones. What made me try this brand is that it’s easily available anywhere! Like it’s in Watson’s, Mercury Drug, Supermarkets.
Unfortunately after finishing 3 bars of soap, I realized this was the one giving me all those pimples erupted on my face. The overstaying pimples you keep seeing on my instagram selfie posts. The pimples that made me sad for the past month. I use the soap on both my face and body every morning. It has a strong exfoliation effect you can see within first use. It’s so strong, it even makes my vagina feel stingy when the bubbles creep down there (sorry TMI). I mean, it did great in making my skin feel clean because the micropeeling helped in removing dead skin cells everyday, but the sting is not worth it. There are a lot of better soaps out there like the ones from Olay or Gluta-C that are mild yet effective. The pimples STOPPED appearing the moment I stopped using this soap.
That’s why I declined their invitation. It would make me “fake” and “plastic” I cannot fathom promoting a product I do not believe in. If it worked for others, then all is well. My opinion? I don’t recommend this soap. I won’t use it again. Ever. If it works for you, then I’m happy 🙂 but me? Nah-ah.