While you’re probably familiar with the benefits of active ingredients such as Glycolic, Hyaluronic and Salicylic Acids, there’s a lesser known kid on the block in the form of Mandelic Acid. If you want to know more about this powerful ingredient and if it’s time for you to add it into your routine, then sit back, relax and get to know Mandelic Acid…
What is Mandelic Acid?
Mandelic Acid is an alpha hydroxy acid, or AHA, derived from bitter almonds but it’s more gentle than some other AHAs like Lactic and Glycolic because its molecules are much bigger, meaning they don’t penetrate the skin quite as quickly or as deeply. AHAs work by exfoliating the layers of dead skin away by breaking the bonds between cells to reveal a clearer and brighter complexion while improving the skin’s overall tone and texture. If you’re new to acids and don’t want to deal with any flakiness, redness or irritation, then Mandelic Acid is a great one to start with.
What can it treat?
Acne: Mandelic Acid is antibacterial and this means it’s perfect for treating existing acne and preventing future breakouts. Because it’s also oil-soluble, it penetrates the skin’s surface to help regulate sebum production and keeps the pores unclogged and free of dead skin cells that can all lead to breakouts and excess oil.
Wrinkles and fine lines: This multitasking ingredient works to accelerate cell turnover by dissolving the bonds that hold the cells together, helping to slough away dead skin on the surface that can lead to dullness and premature signs of ageing. It also works hard to boost the production of collagen and elastin, the two ingredients which naturally occur in skin and are responsible for keeping skin smooth and plump.
Pigmentation: Breakouts can leave behind dark marks and scars that can be tricky to get rid of but, fortunately, Mandelic Acid is a key player when it comes to discolouration and pigmentation. It’s so effective at doing this that it’s often found in professional chemical peels. It works by dissolving the dead skin cells at the surface to fade the appearance of marks until they completely disappear. It can also reduce the severity of melasma, resulting in a clear, more even complexion.
Dullness: Dead skin accumulates over time and clogs the pores causing the skin to look dull and lacklustre. Because of its ability to dissolve these dead cells, Mandelic Acid will leave your skin looking brighter, more radiant and even when used regularly.
How can I add it to my routine?
For a post-cleanse pick-me-up, try the Exuviance Radiance Serum which quickly restores a youthful plumpness and radiance to the skin. This powerful serum combines Mandelic Acid, Lactobionic Acid and Gluconolactone which gently exfoliate damaged and dead cells while infusing the skin with marine botanicals which strengthen its protective barrier.
To tackle rough, dry skin then get to know Neostrata’s Problem Dry Skin Cream. It contains a 20% concentration of AHAs including Mandelic, Lactic and Glycolic Acids as well as exfoliating Gluconolactone to dramatically soften dry, flaky patches of skin. This effective cream is ideal to use on rough, bumpy skin or for cases of Keratosis Pilaris as it provides dramatic results in as little as three weeks.
Infuse your skin with Mandelic Acid in just a few swipes with the By Wishtrend Mandelic 5% Skin Prep Water. This gentle and hydrating liquid works to improve skin tone and texture without causing the redness and sensitivity that can be caused by harsher AHAs. It also helps the skin retain water while improving the effectiveness of any product applied after it, leaving the skin feeling soft and smooth every time.