Mandelic Acid

Mandelic Acid

RATING: EXCELLENT

  • CAS number: 90-64-2
  • INCI name: MANDELIC ACID

QUICK FACTS

  • Mandelic acid is a member of the AHA family
  • Derived from bitter almond is one of the lesser-known acids but still delivers fantastic skin results
  • Contains antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties making it hugely beneficial for those with blemish-prone skin
  • Has the ability to slough away dead skin cells, excess sebum and bacteria helping to restore and rejuvenate the skin
  • Can result in the skin developing sensitivity to UV exposure so daily SPF is essential

WHO CAN USE IT?

All skin types from normal to blemish-prone, those who are prone to sensitivity and dry skin conditions should avoid using this AHA to prevent irritation.

WHAT IS MANDELIC ACID?

Mandelic acid is one of the lesser-known acids within the AHA family, but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t got the ability to super-charged your skincare routine and deliver impressive skin results. There are three main skin concerns that can be targeted with mandelic acid such as, signs of ageing, acne and enlarged pores. Though it may mimic the most common acid, glycolic acid, you will find it has a larger molecule size meaning it is unable to penetrate too deeply, making it a gentler acid, saving your skin from suffering with signs of irritation, redness or dryness. Much like all chemical exfoliants you can expect to find your skin will become more sensitive to UV exposure, applying a daily SPF of 30 and above is vital for protecting your skin from damage.

SIDE EFFECTS OF MANDELIC ACID

As already mentioned, mandelic acid can result in similar side effects to the skin, such as UV sensitivity, irritation and dryness. It is also considered a good idea to perform a patch test on your inner forearm for 24 hours to ensure there are no signs of skin reaction.

SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE

  • MB Taylor, Cosmetic Dermatology, 1999, Summary of mandelic acid for the improvement of skin conditions
  • Dermatologic Surgery, Jan 1, 2009, Glycolic Acid Peels Versus Salicylic–Mandelic Acid Peels in Active Acne Vulgaris and Post‐Acne Scarring and Hyperpigmentation: A Comparative Study
  • International Journal of Cosmetic Science, Dec 1, 2010, Comparative in vivo study of the efficacy and tolerance of exfoliating agents using reflectance spectrophotometric methods
  • Przegląd Dermatologiczny 2015/4, Evaluation of the efficacy and tolerability of mandelic acid-containing cosmetic formulations for acne skin care

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