Mandelic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid derived from almonds. The molecule structure of Mandelic acid is larger than many other alpha hydroxy acids, such as glycolic acid, making it less irritating to the skin. Mandelic works by dissolves the intercellular glue that binds dead skin cells to the surface thus creating a mild sloughing or peeling action. This removal of dead skin cells smooths the skin and lightens darkened pigmentation giving the skin a smooth and even complexion.
Mandelic acid for clearing breakouts.
Mandelic is an effective ally for treating breakouts not only because it helps to remove dead skin cells that can clog pores, but also because it kills the bacteria that causes acne. It is especially good for addressing blemishes that originate in the hair follicle making it a great choice for people who shave or struggle with breakouts on the jawline and forehead. Because Mandelic acid is anti-fungal, it will also treat folliculitis (a fungal infection of the hair follicles that is often mistaken for acne, learn more here). When choosing Mandelic products to treat acne or folliculitus, make sure it contains L Mandelic Acid, as this is the only form that is anti-bacterial and anti-fungal. Two great L Mandelic products for treating folliculitus and breakouts are Rhonda Rhonda Allison Mandelic Defense Lotion and Lelexo Mandelic Acid Scrub.
Mandelic acid for evening skin tone.
Mandelic acid is an effective treatment for hyperpigmentation caused by both PIH and Melasma (learn more about these here). Studies have shown Mandelic acid to fade melasma by 50% within one month of use. Because of how gentle Mandelic acid is, it can also be used by people with rosacea. For all skin types other than inflamed acne, we recommend using Le Mieux Brightening Cleanser as a daily treatment to gradually fade dark spots and brighten the complexion. For rosacea skin types, we recommend Rhonda Allison Mandelic Au Lait to calm the skin and help control over production of skin cells.