Although many of us now include liquid exfoliants in our everyday skincare routines, the thought of using acids on the skin can still seem a little daunting to some.
With so many different AHAs and BHAs on offer which promise to renew, smooth and enhance the natural radiance of your complexion, choosing a gentle acid, designed to smooth delicate, super-sensitive skin, can be a good place to start if you’re new to chemical exfoliation.
As one of the most gentle AHAs, Mandelic Acid is the perfect starter ingredient for those who are slightly worried about their skin’s sensitivity but want to incorporate acids into their skincare routine.
What is Mandelic Acid?
Derived from bitter almonds, Mandelic Acid is a gentle Alpha-Hydroxyl Acid. With a larger molecular weight than other AHAs such as Glycolic and Lactic Acids, Mandelic Acid penetrates the skin much more slowly making it gentle and kind to even the most sensitive skin.
Working to accelerate cell turnover to promote a fresh, radiant finish, the acid removes dead skin cells from the surface of the skin to revive dull, lack-lustre complexions.
As well as minimising fine lines, Mandelic Acid also works to strengthen the collagen which naturally exists in the skin to plump, smooth and encourage a youthful complexion.
If you feel as though your skin is relatively normal and is not prone to irritation, Mandelic Acid may be too gentle for your skin. If so, try using products infused with Glycolic Acid to achieve a smooth and glowing finish.
3 best Mandelic Acid skincare products
To help you incorporate this gentle yet truly effective acid into your skincare routine, we have carefully selected our three favourite products enriched with Mandelic Acid to promote radiant, ultra-smooth skin.