Kojic acid is the main ingredient in creams that are used for skin lightening, and to reduce sun damage, dark spots, and scars on the skin. It works by preventing the formation of the amino acid tyrosine, which is needed for melanin production. It is made from fermenting certain food items.
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I have been on Isotretinoin for four months. How to stop it?
Query: Hello doctor, I had a severe skin infection and almost cured under my doctor's medication. I have been prescribed Sotret 20 mg (Isotretinoin) for four months. I am married. So, should I continue this? Already four months are done, and progress is 80%. Whenever I am under Isotretinoin medication, p... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Isotretinoin is a wonderful drug. The usual course of 20 mg a day lasts for around six months for an average weighed female. Different doctors do it differently. I prefer not to stop it abruptly but taper it gradually over a period of a month or two to decrease ... Read Full »
Why do I have dark spots all over my body?
Query: Hi doctor, I am a 31 year old female with three kids. When I was in my teenage, I developed red bumps which later on turn into acne. Most of the time I scratch them as they are very itchy and same with insect bites. I have a lot of dark spots now all over my face, buttock, back of my thighs and uppe... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Please answer me the following questions to give more accurate treatment. Prescription hyperpigmentation treatment can be procured online on a telemedicine portal. How long it has been there? Is itching still there? Can you mention any exaggerating and relieving fact... Read Full »
Please suggest a solution to reduce the black pigmentation on my nose caused by silver jewelry.
Query: Hi doctor,I have had my nose piercing for almost six years now. However, I want to take it out as I am no longer a fan of it. The hole was small, only 22G, but I have a black stain around the piercing since I wore silver jewelry. How do I minimize the black stain's look, and am I able to take the je... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. If you want to get your piercing to be completely gone, you have to abstain from wearing nose jewelry and let it close on its own over time. As far as the hyperpigmentation treatment is concerned, if there is any local infection, that needs to be treated with local ... Read Full »
What should I do to reduce the hyperpigmentation and dark circles under my eyes?
Query: Hello doctor, I had undergone a Co2 laser treatment around my eyes about three and half years ago. Now, I am left with dark circles under the eyes along with hyperpigmentation and redness. About one and half weeks back, the doctor prescribed me a cream that has Kojic acid 1%, Glycolic acid 5%, Beta... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your query and reviewed the pictures (attachment removed to protect patient identity). I suggest you a moderately potent topical steroid like Fluticasone propionate 0.05% cream, twice daily for a few days. Prescription hyperpigmentation treatment can b... Read Full »
How to treat dark spots between the breasts?
Query: Hello doctor, I am 19 years old. I have dark spots between my breasts. I am not sure at what age it started to appear but I know I have had it for a couple of years now. Please help. Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. It is postinflammatory hyperpigmentation marks due to atopy or eczematous dermatitis. Use Kojic soap for the bath for three months and Kojic cream at night for three months. Take tablet Limcee 500 mg once a day after breakfast for 30 days. Is there itching? Is ... Read Full »
I have uneven tanning and hyperpigmentation. Can I use Tranexamic acid, Kojic acid, and Alpha arbutin to improve my skin tone?
Query: Hello doctor, I have been facing issues with uneven tanning and hyperpigmentation. I do not have melasma but I was thinking of using products that contain Tranexamic acid, Kojic acid and arbutin. Are they safe to use? Please help. Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I went through your query and understood your concern. Uneven hyperpigmentation and tanning are due to multiple reasons and most often are caused due to genetic susceptibility wherein a similar condition runs within one's family, which then gets transmitted genetica... Read Full »
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Query: Hi doctor, I have a wheatish complexion. Can you please suggest if I can use Kojivit cream for skin lightening? Read Full »
Answer: Hello,Welcome to icliniq.com.Yes, you can use Kojivit gel (Kojic acid) safely daily. But, it only removes extra tan from your skin. You can try using a Glycolic acid based face wash for better results of skin lightening. Make sure that you apply sunscreen every 5-6 hours. You can also get chemical p... Read Full »
My covered body parts are very fair compared to my face color. Is using Kojic acid soap or cream safe?
Query: Hi doctor, I am a whitish color girl from birth. My covered body parts are very fair. How to make my face fair as my covered body tone? Can I use Kojic Acid soap and cream without any side effects? If yes then for how much time? Would it be permanent? Do I have to use it for lifetime or after some t... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read your concern. 1. You can use fairness cream like Ilumax cream (Niacinamide, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Benzoic Acid) or Kojic Acid cream during night hours and continue Suncross soft gel SPF 50+ (sun protection factor) during the morning for at least half ... Read Full »
Query: Hi doctor, I am a 28 year old male. I am having melasma over the last eight years. I am using Lookbrite cream at night and Melalite and Dermadew lotion in the morning with Suncros sunscreen SPF 26. But when I stop using it, the melasma increases. It becomes more darken on cheeks and nose. Please su... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read your question and understood your concern. Melasma can relapse. Therefore, you must continue with a maintenance regime once your melasma clears. I suggest you to use a higher SPF sunscreen like Sebamed sunscreen SPF 50+. In addition I would suggest you to ... Read Full »
Why is my face darker than the rest of my body?
Query: Hello doctor, The color of the skin on my face is too dark when compared to the skin on my nose, cheeks, and rest of my body. How can I restore the original color on my face? Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The skin often darkens due to tanning under the effect of UV (ultraviolet) rays. I would strongly recommend using a sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30. The sunscreen has to be applied at least half an hour before you go out and has to be reapplied every four hours till ... Read Full »