What exactly is mandelic acid? Derived from the bitter almond, it's an exfoliating alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that increases cell turnover and smoothes skin texture, making it beneficial for preventing both clogged pores and fine lines and wrinkles.
We use mandelic acid with our clients to control the build-up of dead skin cells inside the pores that happen in acne-prone skin. We have our acne clients work up to using it two times a day to prevent comedones (new acne) from forming. Mandelic acid is so important in preventing breakouts that it's a mandatory part of our maintenance routine for acne clients once they are clear.
But mandelic does so much more than exfoliate!
It is also superb for treating pigmentation issues such as sun damage, hyperpigmentation, and melasma. And, it increases the efficacy of other brightening ingredients such as Vitamin C, so we often recommend using mandelic acid along with other products for a brighter and more radiant complexion.
Paige Cole L-Mandelic + B3 Serum has the following added benefits:
If you are considering adding mandelic acid to your skincare routine, make sure you choose a formula that uses "L-mandelic" and not "D-mandelic" to ensure the best possible results.
Also, be sure to start on a low percentage and work your way up to a higher strength to avoid irritation and dryness.
If it hasn't already, mandelic acid will quickly become one of your anti-aging, acne-preventing skincare essentials.
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