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The Uses and Benefits of Mandelic Acid

The Uses and Benefits of Mandelic Acid

Posted by Jeana LeClerc | Art of Skin Care on 4th Apr 2019

7 Wonderful Ways Mandelic Acid Corrects Your Top Skin Concerns

Isn’t it wonderful when something remarkable comes along that delivers real results in a gentle yet effective way? Mandelic acid is that calming solution that many people with troubled skin are searching for. Resolving most major skin concerns in a way that is safe for even the most sensitive skin, mandelic acid is a powerful ally when it comes to bringing peace to problem skin. Best known for its exfoliating and rejuvenating capabilities, mandelic acid brightens dull complexions revealing smooth, healthy skin.

What is Mandelic Acid?

Mandelic acid is a naturally-occurring compound extracted from bitter almonds. The word mandelic is actually derived from the German word for almond, mandel. It’s also a close relative of glycolic and salicylic acids, all members of the same alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) family. The gentle nature of mandelic acid (MA) is due to the fact that the molecular structure of MA is near twice the size of other AHA’s. This larger molecule size provides mandelic acid with the ability to penetrate the skin more slowly, providing the gradual delivery of skin transforming compounds.

Types of Mandelic Acid

Not all mandelic acid products are created equal. If you’re looking for an effective treatment for acne or folliculitis, make sure you choose a product containing L-mandelic acid. This is the only form that is both antibacterial and antifungal.  

How Does Mandelic Acid Work?

Due to the natural process of cell turnover, dead skin cells accumulate on the surface of the skin. Without regular exfoliation, a dull complexion and signs of premature aging will begin to make an appearance. Mandelic acid works as a potent exfoliator, dissolving the intercellular glue that binds dead skin cells to the surface. Through a mild sloughing or peeling action, mandelic acid removes the top layer of expired epidermal cells. The result is fresh skin and a dewy glow. To further boost your youthful appearance, mandelic acid also strengthens collagen, a primary building block of our skin.

What Are The Benefits of Mandelic Acid On Your Skin?

Here are some of the most common skin concerns and how mandelic acid can bring relief:

  1. Acne prone skin: The antimicrobial, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties of mandelic acid make it an ideal acne treatment ingredient. Those with cystic acne will particularly appreciate the benefits of mandelic acid as it regulates sebum production, removes skin clogging dead skin cells, and reduces blemishes. Our complete glossary of acne treatment tips can be found here.
  2. Fine lines and wrinkles: Mandelic acid softens the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by stimulating the production of collagen and elastin, two components of our skin that naturally decline with age. You’ll see continued, ongoing improvement with consistent use of mandelic skincare products.
  3. Poor skin tone and texture: No one wants dead skin cells hanging around and dulling their natural glow. Mandelic acid is a star when it comes to presenting an even skin tone and refined texture.
  4. Melasma and hyperpigmentation: Mandelic acid has the ability to lighten and brighten skin, fade unwanted sun spots, banish acne scars, and minimize age spots. With continued use, you’ll see damage from aging and sun exposure being reversed. Mandelic acid has also been shown to reduce brown spots from melasma by as much as 50% in only four weeks! Unlike glycolic acid, mandelic acid is a great choice for those with darker skin tones. See our blog post on healing hyperpigmentation for more helpful tips.
  5. Enlarged pores: Experience immediate pore-refining benefits as mandelic acid works to exfoliate, unclog, and reduce the appearance of large pores. The anti-inflammatory properties of mandelic acid further serve to minimize facial pore size.
  6. Folliculitis: For those troubled with a fungal infection of the hair follicles, the anti-fungal properties of mandelic acid will clear this up for you. Men and women who deal with those annoying shaving bumps will see great results from using a mandelic toner such as Rhonda Allison Mandelic Defense Lotion. (Shaving bumps are often mistaken as acne, but are actually a sign of pseudofolliculitis.) The Face Reality Mandelic Wash may be used as an all-in-one cleanser, body wash, and shampoo. For more information on treating folliculitis, see our blog post on this subject.
  7. Rosacea: Mandelic acid is both safe and beneficial for those suffering from redness and rosacea, an inflammatory skin disease characterized by burning, stinging, sensitive skin. The calming and exfoliating properties of mandelic acid are key for healing rosacea.

How To Use Mandelic Acid

  • Start slowly, using just once per day at first and working up to twice per day if needed. Most clients introduce mandelic acid into their routine in the form of a toner.
  • Skin always needs time to adjust to new skincare products, particularly exfoliants. You can expect to experience light flaking for the first few weeks, so plan to accommodate this by applying extra moisturizer during this time.
  • Mandelic serum can be applied to clean, dry skin or added to your favorite moisturizer. Sensitive skin should begin with 5% strength while normal skin can begin with 8% strength.
  • Most people begin to see a transformation in their skin within two weeks of regular use. For best results, we recommend purchasing a consultation so that we can help you find the perfect mandelic products for you.

A good skincare routine steps in where the effects of aging leave off. I’m excited to share with you my hand-curated collection of mandelic products that our clients consistently rave about. If you’ve never used an alpha-hydroxy acid product on your skin before or if other acid treatments have caused irritation for you, mandelic acid is a gentle ingredient for you to get started with.

Mandelic Acid Products To Add To Your Skin Care Routine