Mandelic Makeover - See what you are missing

Skin care companies and dermatologists have been touting the benefits of alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) for years. AHAs weaken bonds between cells in the dead, outer layer of skin and speed the normal process of shedding by helping to remove dead skin cells, which aids in exfoliation and reveals the new cells underneath. AHAs also unclog pores and improve skin texture, while reducing fine lines and wrinkles. They are also believed to build elastin and collagen, which help to firm the skin.

Mandelic acid is a relatively new alpha hydroxy acid that was originally derived from the extract of bitter almonds. It has been used by the medical community for its antibacterial properties, both as an oral and topical antibiotic, specifically after laser resurfacing treatments. A three year study by Mark B. Taylor, MD has proven that after long term use the appearance and texture of skin dramatically improves.

Mandelic acid, like other AHAs, offers rapid improvement in skin appearance and texture, while over time minimizing fine lines and wrinkles with continued use. Additionally, it is both bactericidal and antibacterial, which means it is ideal for those with acne or oily skin. Mandelic acid molecules are larger than glycolic and lactic acids, two other well known and widely used AHAs, which allows it to be absorbed slowly causing less irritation to sensitive skin. Even rosacea sufferers can use mandelic acid products due to the mild properties and the fact they don't need to be buffered.

Pharmco Skincare Labs offers a variety of mandelic acid products to meet the needs of almost every skin type:

Mandelic Acid Cleansing Gel is a lightweight AHA cleansing gel featuring Mandelic acid and special botanicals that are great for all skin types including oily, blemish-prone, photoaged, sensitive, and uneven skin tones. It also clarifies and helps to eliminate environmental pollutants and impurities while toning and hydrating.

Mandelic Acid Toner is a multi-functional toner. It helps remove dead skin cells to reveal fresh skin, lifts hyperpigmentation and skin discolorations, and has anti-bacterial properties to fight clogged pores and acne.

Mandelic Acid Serum 10%, Mandelic Acid 10% RS Serum, and Mandelic Acid Serum 15% Our unique serums feature 10% or 15% Mandelic acid enhanced with natural moisturizing factors that gently dissolve dead skin with less irritation than other AHA’s. They lift hyperpigmentation and age spots, while unique bacteria fighting properties make them a great acne solution.  Mandelic Acid 25% can show marked improvement in fine lines and wrinkles, abnormal pigmentation issues, rosacea and acne, photoaged skin, and for those who are sensitive to other types of AHA’s.

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Taylor, M. B. (1999). Summary of mandelic acid for the improvement of skin conditions. Cosmet Dermatol, 12, 26-8.