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The Advantages of Mandelic Acid for the Skin

The Advantages of Mandelic Acid for the Skin
The Advantages of Mandelic Acid for the Skin

Mandelic Acid is a great peel gaining popularity in aesthetic dermatology. This alpha-hydroxy acid is naturally derived from bitter almonds. The Mandelic acid products are manufactured professionally in the USA; in the state-of-the-art FDA registered facilities. Its numerous properties and advantages are listed below:

  • Mandelic acid is antibacterial – useful in targeting acne-causing bacteria.
  • It is anti-inflammatory – helps to calm skin, and decrease the severity of the inflammation process (inflammation can make skin discolorations more pronounced).
  • Mandelic acid is melanolytic – it breaks up the brown pigment melanin on a cellular level, and suppresses abnormal pigmentation.
  • Its ability to control abnormal pigmentation is very useful in the treatment of including melasma, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, and spots from sun-damage (photo-damage).
  • It helps lighten skin and even outer skintone because of its ability to target the cells that produce melanin.
  • Mandelic acid improves fine lines and wrinkles – this potent alpha hydroxy-acid exfoliates damaged and older skin cells, encouraging collagenesis (production of new collagen & elastin). As per a skin expert from Melanopeel, this also makes the skin produce brand new healthy skin cells at a faster rate. The result is a smoother texture, firmer, healthier skin with fewer lines & wrinkles.
  • Mandelic acid targets acne – this acid is comedolytic, and sebostatic. This means that it is capable of breaking down comedones, and targets oil (sebum) production. Combine this with its antibacterial & anti-inflammatory properties, you get an acid that works wonders on acne, especially pustular acne and clogged oil comedones!
  • This acid makes your skin smooth – by constantly exfoliating dead, rough skin cells, your skin is resurfaced to produce new healthy, fresh smooth skin. This acid makes an excellent body peel for those suffering from rough skin e.g. Buttocks, arms, legs.
  • It has a larger molecular size than traditional acids like glycolic acid. Therefore, it penetrates at a slower rate, and is safer for darker skin with less risk of adverse effects.
  • It breaks up blackheads & whiteheads by controlling oil production.
  • Mandelic acid controls razor-bumps & ingrown hairs because it is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and smooths down rough skin.
  • It helps to control oily skin – it binds to and targets oily sebum in the skin. This oil-absorbing property makes Mandelic acid a great treatment for blackheads & whiteheads.
  • It can help with easier, less traumatic extraction and removal of comedones.
  • Mandelic acid softens the skin – by loosening tight contacts between rough skins, it allows the skin to take on a softer feel.
  • Mandelic acid helps to decrease the appearance of pore size by tightening the skin, and removing excessive oils and comedones within the skin.
  • It can be used on patients with rosacea & sensitive skin. Because of its larger molecular size which penetrates more slowly, it is a less irritating acid.
  • It can be used safely on all skin colors from the lightest, to the darkest.
  • Mandelic acid is safe, and is in fact a recommended acid peel for darker, exotic and ethnic skintones (Hispanic / Latino, Mediterranean, Asian, Indian, African and Caribbean origin).

There are several companies that produce Mandelic acid products, among which Melanopeel is the popular one, because their products are used by some celebrities. Cynthia Bailey recently expressed how she feels about Mandelic acid, in a Twitter update. In order to further evaluate different products, you can log on to and read product reviews on skin related product, so you can choose one that is most suitable for you.

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