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Kojic acid may be used on cut fruits to prevent oxidative browning, in seafood to preserve pink and red colors and in cosmetics to lighten skin. It is used to treat skin diseases like melasma as it has antibacterial and antifungal properties. It is used as a chelation agent that inhibits melanin production and also as a tyrosine kinase inhibitor.
Juana Cabenes; Soledad Chazarra; Francisco Garcia-Carmona. Kojic acid, a cosmetic Skin whitening agent, is a slow-binding inhibitor of catecholase activity of tyrosinase. Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology. 1994, 46, (12),982-985
Jon S.Chen; Cheng I.Wei; Marty R.Marshall. Inhibition mechanism of kojic acid on polyphenol oxidase. J. Agric. Food Chem. 1991, 39, (11),1897-1901
Gefahrenhinweise (EU): H351
Suspected of causing cancer.
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