Need to Know Ingredient Focus: Mandelic Acid

Let us preface by saying, what aren’t the benefits of Mandelic Acid? Mandelic Acid is our go-to ingredient to target several major skin concerns: uneven skin tone, breakouts and signs of ageing. Interested? Read on for a deep dive into this surprisingly under-the-radar ingredient.

What is Mandelic Acid

Mandelic Acid is a chemical exfoliant that falls under the category of Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs). It doesn’t have the star-power as the likes of Glycolic or Salicylic Acids but it definitely should have!

Gentler than the more well-known acids thanks to its larger molecular size, it penetrates the skin at a slower rate, meaning less chance of irritation, even if it still provides that chemical exfoliation ‘tickle’. That's not to say it has no power, Mandelic is still a fantastic exfoliant, especially for those wanting a brighter, clearer, more even complexion.

Mandelic Acid

What are the benefits of Mandelic Acid

As earlier mentioned, what aren’t the benefits of Mandelic Acid? Helping target several major skin concerns: uneven skin tone, breakouts and signs of ageing. Perfect if you’re looking for a multi tasking treatment.

Mandelic Acid for Acne & Blemishes

Mandelic Acid’s antibacterial properties are especially beneficial in the treatment of oily skin and acne, providing oil control and regulation of sebum.

Mandelic Acid for Pigmentation

As an exfoliator, mandelic acid refines your complexion. Exfoliated skin feels softer and smoother, and looks brighter.

Mandelic Acid for Fine Lines & Wrinkles

Mandelic acid softens the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by stimulating the production of collagen and elastin. 


Ingredient Mandelic Acid

Who should use Mandelic Acid

People with sensitive skin, skin prone to discoloration or those who cannot use other BHAs or AHAs can use Mandelic Acid thanks to its gentle and slow-absorbing nature.

Darker skin or skin that is easily discoloured will find solace in Mandelic as it is less likely to trigger inflammation and hyperpigmentation than other AHAs.

It is also safe during pregnancy and ideal for hormonal skin issues.


Where can you find Mandelic Acid 

Find Mandelic Acid in The Brightening Correction Peel which contains a curated blend of Mandelic Acid along with Lactic and a touch of Glycolic. Combining these exfoliation powers with the brightening and tyrosinase-inhibiting properties of ingredients such as Mulberry and Licorice Root Extract, and Turmeric (tetrahydrocurcumin), the Brightening Peel is the ultimate path to glowy, clarified skin.

Formulated for a brighter, clearer, more evenly toned complexion, the Brightening Peel is gentle yet effective. Use once a week in the evening, or amp it up to twice a week as tolerated. Or use it a couple of days prior to a big event for exceptionally radiant skin.

How to use The Brightening Peel with Mandelic Acid 

On clean, dry skin apply a thin layer of the Brightening Peel avoiding eye and lip area. Leave on for 10 minutes or less, then wash off thoroughly with a warm cloth. Follow with your evening skincare routine but avoid any actives for at least a day or two. Always be sure to wear sunscreen, especially after any exfoliating products.

Deep Hydration Moisture Cream Hydrating Gel Cream

A La Clinica insider tip:

Glowy, skin goals? Pair the Brightening Peel with a barrier-supporting product such as the Essentials Hydrating Gel Cream, or Deep Hydration Cream for the ultimate duo for a radiant complexion. After washing off the peel, apply a hydrating serum or oil and then a layer of the Gel Cream or Deep Hydration. Re-apply serum and cream again in the morning after cleansing.

Keep reading: Get to know - The Brightening Correction Peel

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