It seems like everywhere you go you’re bombarded with information about a great new skincare ingredient that you just have to add to your routine. Sorting through all the noise to find the ingredients and products that really are beneficial can be frustrating. If you’ve been hearing a lot about mandelic acid lately, it’s important to understand how it can benefit you as part of your regular skincare routine, and who should be using it.
1: Reduce Acne
Mandelic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) derived from almonds that is gentle on skin. It has been shown to regulate levels of sebum production, leading to fewer oils and bacteria that could clog your pores and lead to breakouts. It is also a “larger” molecule of AHA, which means it takes longer to penetrate your skin. That makes it less irritating than other topical skincare products, meaning it won’t lead to inflammation that can cause or worsen acne. If you experience inflammation from other ingredients like salicylic acid, or your acne is primarily inflammatory papules and pustules, mandelic acid can be a great alternative to other harsh products.
2: Improve Skin Texture
Skin cells on your face (and all over your body) are constantly dying and being replaced with new, healthy cells. Unfortunately without proper skincare, you may not be effectively removing those dead skin cells and that can lead to inflammation, breakouts, or just skin that looks dull. Mandelic acid is an exfoliating ingredient that removes dead skin cells to reveal healthier, firmer skin underneath.
3: Reduce Fine Lines & Wrinkles
Collagen is the main protein found in your skin and other connective tissues. The amount of collagen your body produces declines as you age, which can lead to skin that is less elastic and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Mandelic acid promotes collagen production in your skin, helping smooth fine lines and limit other signs of aging.
4: Reduce Hyperpigmentation
Another thing that is common as you age is the appearance of dark spots, or melasma. These can lead to uneven skin tone and skin that looks older. Mandelic acid can reduce the appearance of dark spots and other hyperpigmentation from pregnancy, acne, and other factors.
Shop all the Jil Goorman Beauty products with mandelic acid, including:
- Exfoliating Serum Lite (5% mandelic acid): ideal for beginners or if you have sensitive skin
- Exfoliating Serum 2 (10% mandelic acid): ideal if you have used Aha's, or you started with serum lite and want to increase exfoliating
- Exfoliating Serum 3 (15% mandelic acid): ideal for oily skin types and body acne pigmentation
If you’re not sure which mandelic acid products are right for you, schedule a virtual consultation with a Jil Goorman Beauty specialist today to learn more.