Now while I already stopped trying to lighten my skin and embrace my natural color. I used kojic acid soaps occasionally because they work well in exfoliating dead skin cells. Revealing smoother and more lustrous skin.
One time however, I used a Thailand-made soap (sorry I can’t name it to protect the brand but it’s shaped like a starfish) one day and then this happened. OUCH!!!!!!!
Just continue reading until the end for my full story.
What is Contact Dermatitis?
Contact dermatitis is a red, itchy rash caused by direct contact with a substance or an allergic reaction to it. The rash isn’t contagious or life-threatening, but it can be very uncomfortable. Many substances can cause such reactions, including soaps, cosmetics, fragrances, jewelry and plants.
What does Kojic Acid do to your Skin?
Kojic acid is sometimes used in health and beauty products to lighten the skin. It may be used to treat skin conditions, such as sun damage, scars, and age spots.The science behind how kojic acid works as a lightening agent involves its effect on melanin production.
Contact Dermatitis and My Kojic Acid Whitening Soap Trauma
A few seconds later of lathering the soap on my body, my hands started to itch SO BAD. I thought it was a normal reaction but I had to rinse everything with off with water.
THE ITCH WON’T GO AWAY.
I stayed under the shower for 20 minutes but it’s still there. Especially on my palms.
I got out of the shower, took 2 tablets of anthistamines and put Lucas Pawpau ointment ALL OVER MY BODY
I felt burning.
When I looked at my hand, I was terrified! It was red and peeling! I was in deep pain.
The photo above isn’t my actual hand but that’s how mine looked like during that time. I mean, would I still take photos while I’m tortured?
It’s probably a fluke. A bad batch. A bad brand? Formulation too strong? That’s why I advice you, my readers to read the ingredients carefully, and do a patch-test on the back of your arm to make sure it’s safe for you to use!