There’s a new skincare superhero on the block you need to meet: mandelic acid.
A skincare acid is one of the most effective ways to achieve smoother, clearer, brighter skin. You just need to choose the right acid to meet your skin’s specific needs.
Derived from bitter almonds, mandelic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA). It’s gentler than some of the other AHAs you might have heard of, such as glycolic acid and lactic acid.
So why add a mandelic acid to your skincare regime? This hero tackles wrinkles and fine lines, acne, and hyperpigmentation and discoloration.
So how does it work?
Wrinkles and fine lines Mandelic acid accelerates cell turnover by breaking down the little links that bind skin cells together, helping to remove the dead skin on the skin’s surface that can cause dull complexions and fine lines. Plus, it strengthens collagen, a key player in giving your skin that youthful appearance.
Acne The antibacterial properties inside mandelic acid make it a nifty tool for fighting acne. Hailed as a hero by sufferers of cystic acne, the acid helps regulate sebum production and thus reduce breakouts.
Hyperpigmentation and discoloration Mandelic acid has been shown to reduce melasma (a skin condition in which light to dark brown or greyish pigmentation develops on the face) by as much as 50% in a month, resulting in a more evenly colored complexion.