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Derived from bitter almonds, mandelic acid has been in the medical community for years. The name comes from the German word mandel for almond. Used as an antibacterial for the treatment of urinary tract infections, it has also been consumed as an oral antibiotic. In the cosmeceutical industry, mandelic acid is used as an alpha-hydroxy add. Studies show mandelic acid has a high success rate in the treatment of skin conditions such as, photoaging, hyperpigmentation and acne. In addition, it is proven valuable for the preparation of chemical peels or laser resurfacing. The mandelic acid molecule is larger than the glycolic acid molecule, therefore the sensation experienced is less when absorbed by the skin.

  • In the treatment of fine lines and wrinkles the use of mandelic add improves this condition within days or weeks of continual use. Use of mandelic acid also reduces skin irritation and erythema that often is accompanied by the use of other AHAs.

  • In the treatment of hyperpigmentation, such as melisma, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation and lentigines, great improvement is noticeable and is safe for all Fitzpatrick types. Combination of mandelic add with kojic add or sepi white work well to further boost and even skin tone with no adverse effects.

  • In the treatment of acne, mandelic acid offers remarkable results with inflammatory comedonal, papular and pustular acne. With its anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties, mandelic acid offers acne patients the ability to improve the condition and prevent further out breaks. Mandelic add can be used for all grades of acne, all types of Frtzpatricks and all ages.

  • As a chemical peeling agent, mandelic acid produces less erythema (inflammation) and is less likely to blister or produce other adverse reactions on the epidermis. A series of peels is recommended for the treatment of acne, any form of hyperpigmentation and fine photoaging.

  • In the pre-laser and post-laser treatment, mandelic acid is a vital element to successfully prepare the skin and maintain the results. Studies have shown that the use of mandelic acid pre and post peels and lasers offer more notable results with a fast healing time.

Use alone or in conjunction with other smart ingredients, mandelic acid has multiple beneficial effects to the skin. With its unique properties, this AHA works on all skin conditions and is safe to use on all skin tones.

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