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Kojic Acid

  • This ingredient’s score is higher if used in products intended for damaged skin due to increased risk of absorption.

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Other Concerns

Use restrictions (high) and Endocrine disruption (moderate)

SYNONYMS

● 4H-PYRAN-4-ONE, 5-HYDROXY-2-(HYDROXYMETHYL)-
● 5-HYDROXY-2-(HYDROXYMETHYL)- 4H-PYRAN-4-ONE
● 5-HYDROXY-2-(HYDROXYMETHYL)-4H-PYRAN-4-ONE
● 5-HYDROXY-2-HYDROXYMETHYL-4-PYRONE
● KOJIC ACID

Restricted - Unaccpetable

The score of this ingredient can vary from Restricted to Unacceptable based on the method of product consumption. For instance, when used in aerosol-based products, this ingredient may pose a risk to respiratory health, leading to a higher score

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Kojic Acid is a heterocyclic compound.

Common concerns

See how this product scores for common concerns.

  • MODERATE
    Cancer
  • MODERATE
    Allergies & Immunotoxicity
  • LOW
    Developmental and Reproductive Toxicity
  • HIGH
    Use Restrictions

Ingredient concerns

  • CONCERNS
  • DATA SOURCES

Products with this Ingredient

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serums & essences21 products
facial moisturizer/treatment14 products
facial cleanser10 products
around-eye cream7 products
toners/astringents5 products
moisturizer5 products
mask5 products
skin fading/lightener3 products
3 products
bar soap3 products
exfoliant/scrub2 products
recreational sunscreen2 products
daily use with SPF1 products
damaged skin treatment1 products
body spray1 products
facial cleansing wipes1 products
hand cream1 products

Allergies/immunotoxicity

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Possible human Sensitizer toxicant or allergenOpen scientific literature

Use restrictions

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Recommended restricted in cosmetics - use, concentration, or manufacturing restrictions - anyOpen scientific literature
Restricted in cosmetics (recommendations or requirements) - use, concentration, or manufacturing restrictions - unsafe for use on injured or damaged skinOpen scientific literature
Determined safe for use in cosmetics, subject to concentration or use limitations - Safe for use in cosmetics with some qualificationsCosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments
Determined safe for use in cosmetics, subject to concentration or use limitations - anyOpen scientific literature

Cancer

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Limited evidence of carcinogenicityOpen scientific literature
Limited or incomplete evidence of cancer according to safety/hazard data – government assessment cannot classify as human carcinogen due to data gapsInt'l Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) - Carcinogens

Endocrine disruption

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Limited evidence of endocrine disruptionOpen scientific literature

Data gaps

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Risk assessment method deficiencies and data gaps - Maximum reported "as used" concentration is basis of safety assessment by industry safety panel (Cosmetic Ingredient Review, CIR) - implicit safe concentration limit in productCosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments
481 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemicalNLM PubMed
  • Open scientific/peer reviewed literature
  • CIR (Cosmetic Ingredient Review). 2006. CIR Compendium, containing abstracts, discussions, and conclusions of CIR cosmetic ingredient safety assessments. Washington DC.
  • IARC (International Agency for Research on Cancer). 2008. Overall Evaluations of Carcinogenicity to Humans, as evaluated in IARC Monographs Volumes 1-99 (a total of 935 agents, mixtures and exposures).
  • NLM (National Library of Medicine). 2012. PubMed online scientific bibliography data. http://www.pubmed.gov.

Understanding scores

Cosmetics and personal care products are not required to be tested for safety before being allowed on the market. The Skin Deep® scoring system was designed to help the public understand whether a product is safe to use or whether it contains ingredients of concern.

Every product and ingredient in Skin Deep gets a two-part score – one for hazard and one for data availability. The safest products score well by both measures, with a low hazard rating and a fair or better data availability rating.

HOW WE DETERMINE SCORES

Hazard score

The Skin Deep ingredient hazard score, from 1 to 10, reflects known and suspected hazards linked to the ingredients. The EWG VERIFIED® mark means a product meets EWG’s strictest criteria for transparency and health.

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Data availability

The Skin Deep data availability rating reflects the number of scientific studies about the product or ingredient in the published scientific literature.

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