Mandelic Acid and how it will help your skin look younger and brighter.
What is it?
If you're a big fan of skin peels and acids, you might have probably heard of Hyaluronic, Salicylic and Glycolic acid. However, Mandelic acid, derived from bitter almonds is not as known as the others although the results are similar. The only difference is that Mandelic acid is gentler on the skin hence doesn't cause itching and redness, so even if summer is near, you can still keep your skin looking clear and healthy since it doesn't penetrate deep in the skin and that's why I love it.
How is it beneficial?
It reduces wrinkles and fine lines (for real though)
Mandelic acid speeds up cell turnover by dissolving the tiny bonds that hold skin cells together. It helps remove dead skin on the surface that can lead to dull complexions and fine lines. Bonus : It also boosts collagen.
Hyperpigmentation and discolouration
Women especially in the middle east (I'm one of them) suffer from Melasma a common skin condition in which light to dark brown or greyish pigmentation appears on the face. Mandelic acid reduces melasma, resulting in a brighter skin.
Since Mandelic acid helps regulate sebum production, it in turn decreases breakouts even benefiting those who suffer from cystic acne. From personal experience, other acids like hyaluronic have cause me to break out which is really annoying especially at 30 :)
Here is a curated list of Mandelic acid products you can find online with my favorite being the Allies of Skin one - tried&tested :)