Mandelic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA. AHAs are good for the skin, as they work to loosen connections between impacted surface skin cells (called desmosomes) to allow the cells to shed naturally leading to a fresher, brighter complexion, a glow to the skin and a tighter feel.
THERE IS NO ACTUAL PEELING OF THE SKIN
Benefits of Mandelic Acid
- Exfoliates: Mandelic acid is a chemical exfoliant, meaning it removes layers of debris through a reaction with the skin (rather than exfoliating via abrasive scrubs).
- Promotes cell turnover: By dissolving skin cells, mandelic acid works to increase cell turnover, reducing the look of skin damage or acne.
- Brightens skin: Exfoliated skin is bright skin and mandelic acid goes a step further, strengthening the skin so it stays bright with continued use.
- Clears pores: The acid works itself deep into pores, penetrating deeper than other acids often used on blemish-prone skin.
- Reduces hyperpigmentation: Increased cell turnover and exfoliating properties means the acid reduces the look of dark marks and sun damage.
If you have super-sensitive skin, a mandelic peel might be the best option for you. It has a larger molecular structure than other acids, such as glycolic and salicylic, so it does not penetrate as deeply.
Side Effects of Mandelic Acid
As with any AHA, there is a potential for mandelic acid to irritate your skin. But unlike almost any other AHA, the potential is extremely low.