Manifest Good Skin with Mandelic Acid

Mandelic acid can gently exfoliate the skin, which makes it the perfect ingredient for sensitive skin and dark skin tones and safe for pregnancy and breastfeeding. Darker skin tones are at a higher risk for hyperpigmentation, making mandelic acid a safer option than other Alpha Hydroxy Acids. 

What is Mandelic Acid?

Mandelic acid is a gentle alpha hydroxy acid from almonds named after the German word for almond: Mandel. Mandelic Acid will gently exfoliate dead skin cells from the surface of your skin, and it contains anti-bacterial properties that help prevent acne and clear up existing breakouts. 

How is Mandelic Acid different from other Alpha Hydroxy Acids?

Mandelic Acid has a large particle size that allows it to sink into the skin slower, more gently, and more consistently than other AHA acids. The fact that it is gentle will enable people to use it more frequently without irritation, allowing for maximum benefit and results for the skin. 

How can your skin benefit from using Mandelic Acid?

Mandelic Acid is safe for all skin types and benefits numerous skin concerns. Below is a list of skin concerns that can benefit from mandelic acid:

Aging Skin-mandelic acid stimulates collagen production, making the skin firmer and addressing fine lines and wrinkles. 

Regulates oil to prevent dryness and balance the skin. 

Brightens Skin by stimulating cell turnover by revealing fresh skin that glows 

Fades Hyperpigmentation caused by acne scarring, sunspots, and fades without hurting healthy melanocytes. 

Reduces redness and inflammation that helps skin with rosacea and other sensitive skin conditions. 

What are some drawbacks or things to be aware of?

You can’t layer mandelic acid with retinol, which may irritate your skin and cause redness and sensitivity. If you are prone to hyperpigmentation from scarring, we want to avoid this. It is best to use mandelic acid one night and retinol the next night. If you have any allergies to almonds, avoid using mandelic acid. Some other things to look out for on the skin are sun sensitivity, redness, and irritation. Mandelic acid is well tolerated compared to alpha hydroxy acids, and you are less likely to have any side effects. 

Tips on the best way to use Mandelic Acid

Start trying a patch test on your skin to see how your skin reacts to trying this new ingredient. Start slowly, using it every few nights, then every other night until your skin tolerates the ingredient. If you are prone to hyperpigmentation or photosensitivity, use only at night. Make sure to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen after applying mandelic acid. 

Skincare favorites from Glymed that contain Mandelic Acid

Idyllic Cleanser with 3% Mandelic Acid

Gently exfoliates the skin, controls acne-causing bacteria, and brightens skin. This cleanser helps fight anti-aging and has exfoliation benefits for the skin. Great for all skin types, including acne, and contains green tea, which is high in antioxidants. 

Radiant Serum with 1% Mandelic Acid

Light, hydrating, and anti-aging formula with brightening properties make your skin smooth while protecting against free radical damage. The serum is suitable for all skin types, including mild to moderate acne. It also contains chamomile to combat inflammation and bacteria. Another ingredient included to fight anti-aging is Palmitoyl Tripeptide, which stimulates collagen. 

Final thoughts

Mandelic acid is perfect for those starting their anti-aging journey or those with aging skin, sensitive skin, rosacea, or acne. It helps all skin types and skin tones. If you want to fade hyperpigmentation, firm your skin, clear up acne, brighten your skin, calm inflammation, and reduce redness, this is the ingredient to add to your skincare routine. 

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