A new acid treatment proven to be effective with long-lasting results against melasma, non-cystic acne, wrinkles, an photoaging has made its way into clinical services: Mandelic acid.
Mandelic acid is an AHA derived from bitter almonds; it has been studied with a focus on its effects regarding acne, photo-aged skin, and melasma, and the results have shown many benefits:
- Mandelic acid has a molecular size that is much smaller than other AHAs, making it less irritating and more effective when treating the above conditions.
- Mandelic acid has antibacterial properties and works as an exfoliant. It can be an excellent chemical peel to treat hyperpigmentation, fine lines, and oily, acne-prone skin.
- It has anti-inflammatory properties; when used in peels, the treatment is also safe for almost any skin type and condition, including rosacea and more sensitive or redness-prone skin.
- In melasma cases, Mandelic acid works to break up the hyperpigmentation at a superficial level without creating inflammation. In a clinical study, melasma was reduced up to 50% in clients who used products containing Madelic.
- Mandelic peels can be very effective in exfoliating dead, dull skin cells, which gives the skin a glowing complexion and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
- Mandelic acid helps strengthen collagen, delaying and even reversing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
With prolonged use, the acid can lead to long-term rejuvenating effects on your skin. This is a great option for clients who have experienced irritation with other acid treatments, as it is gentler and results in fewer side effects that many other acids.
For those who wish to have prolonged benefits, Mandelic acid can be found in a variety of cosmetic and skin care products, including cleansers, toners, moisturizers, eye creams, acne treatment products, anti-aging products, and more.