The Beauty Benefits of Mandelic Acid
By now, and hopefully also due to our series on skincare acids you are familiar with glycolic and hyaluronic acid, but what about mandelic acid? We haven’t even heard about it until not so long ago and it’s the last ingredient in our AHA series so let’s see what all the fuss is about, who should use it and what is it for.
So far we learned that several different acids have become staples in our beauty routine for example glycolic acid is known to combat acne, enlarged pores and excessive sebum production while getting rid of dead skin and hyperpigmentation spots and of course hyaluronic acid helps to create plump, dewy and moisturized skin. We learned from previous posts that different acids serve different purposes and it is important to figure out exactly which acid is best for your skin type. With that, I would like to introduce to you Mandelic acid.
What is Mandelic Acid?
Mandelic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA – is a label for acids that are commonly derived from food products), similar to glycolic acid and lactic acid. It’s derived from bitter almonds and is being used in skincare products and chemical peels. Apart from that, it’s also used as an oral antibiotic.
What is the difference between Mandelic acid and Glycolic acid?
The molecular structure of Mandelic acid is larger than other alpha hydroxy acids and because of that, it penetrates the skin more slowly which makes it very gentle and suitable for all skin types including the most sensitive ones. In conclusion, Mandelic acid is safer to work with than other acids and can be used without hesitation at home.
Why you need it in your beauty regime?
It serves three main purposes by targeting wrinkles, fine lines, hyperpigmentation, and discoloration and is also good at treating acne.
- Wrinkles and fine lines
This acid accelerates cell turnover by dissolving the tiny bonds that hold skin cells together, while helping to remove dead skin on the surface that can lead to dull complexions as well as fine lines. It also secures collagen which gives a youthful look to the skin.
- Hyperpigmentation and discoloration
It helps to reduce melasma – skin condition in which light to dark brown or greyish pigmentation develops on the face. People who suffer with deeply pigmented skin have problems using glycolic acid because of the irritation it may cause. This irritation can stimulate pigment-producing cells to push out more melanin. Since mandelic acid is MORE gentle and doesn’t causes irritations, it is also safe for those with rosacea.
- Acne treatment
Mandelic acid is also known for its antibacterial properties and as a result, it’s extremely helpful in treating acne. Moreover, it helps to regulate sebum production thus decreasing the occurrence of breakouts.
As with any other AHAs, it’s extremely important not to use it in conjunction with retinol, as that can cause over-exfoliation. Additionally, you should always remember to wear sunscreen during the daytime, especially if you’ve used mandelic acid in your skincare routine the night before. I recommend mandelic acid form The Ordinary, great quality and price.
So, if you have a sensitive skin type and you were searching for some type of exfoliator that will not irritate your skin, this is it! I hope you enjoyed this article and that it comes in handy, either for you or maybe for someone you know.
‘Till next time,