Mandelic Acid

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Coming from bitter almonds, mandelic acid is a plant-derived AHA that's a go-to skincare ingredient for anyone with oily or acne-prone skin. This lesser-known exfoliating acid is more gentle on your complexion than glycolic and lactic acid, making it perfect for beginners and those with sensitive skin.

As a chemical exfoliant, it works by buffing away dead skin and debris, while also helping to regulate oil production for a smoother, brighter and more mattified complexion. Mandelic acid skincare is also a must-have addition to your anti-ageing routine. That's because it accelerates skin cell turnover to strengthen collagen and minimise fine lines.

And that's not all, this powerhouse ingredient has also been shown to reduce dark spots and even treat acne with its potent antibacterial properties – making it an essential in any-and-all skincare regimens.

You'll usually find mandelic acid in toners and serums that can be applied directly onto your skin. The Medik8 Pore Minimising Tonicharnesses a medley of powerful acids to unclog congested skin and leave it glowing. Or turn to the Elemis Pro-Collagen Tri-Acid Peel to renew and refresh your visage.

Mandelic acid is best used in the evenings after cleansing and moisturising your skin. Dispense a few drops onto a cotton pad and sweep over your face and neck to start reaping its benefits. Build up your skin's tolerance first by using it 2–3 times a week, then you can build up to everyday use.
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