Mandelic acid is the skincare superhero your beauty regime has been missing, here’s what you need to know…
The idea of smearing acid all over your face might not sound like the gentlest approach to skincare but it’s one of the most effective. Here I will tell you why Mandelic Acid is your skincare superhero!
While we’ve already heard of the benefits of adding salicylic and hyaluronic acid to your beauty regime, there’s a new kid on the block in the form of mandelic acid.
What is mandelic acid?
Mandelic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) derived from bitter almonds, but is more gentle.
What benefits does mandelic acid have on skin?
Wrinkles and fine lines
Mandelic acid is a go-to anti-ageing ingredient in the world of skincare. It works to accelerate cell turnover by dissolving the tiny bonds that hold skin cells together, helping to remove dead skin on the surface that can lead to dull complexions, as well as fine lines. It also strengthens collagen, one of the building blocks of the skin’s support network that gives it youthful firmness.
Hyperpigmentation and discolouration
Malesma is a common skin condition in which light to dark brown or greyish pigmentation develops on the face. Mandelic acid has been shown to reduce melasma by as much as 50% in four weeks, resulting in a more evenly coloured complexion.
Mandelic acid’s antibacterial properties are extremely helpful in treating acne. It also helps to regulate sebum production and in turn decrease the occurrence of breakouts. Mandelic acid has even been shown to benefit those who suffer from cystic acne.
Our skin needs regular exfoliation in order for it to keep it glowing. As we age our cellular turnover decreases significantly. For this reason we need to help this process by using an exfoliant in our daily routine. The skin naturally sheds dead cells through a process called desquamation. Every 28-40 days, on average, a new skin cell is “born” in the stratum germinativum, the deepest layer of the epidermis. As we age, our cell turnover rate slows down. That’s why our skin never looks quite as “bright” as it did when we were younger. Cell turnover isn’t as efficient in people with acne. In those with acne, the natural desquamation process goes awry. Acne-prone skin produces more dead skin cells than is typical, and these cells aren’t properly shed. This condition, called retention hyperkeratosis, is the reason regular exfoliation is so important for acne-prone skin types.
How to use mandelic acid in your beauty regime?
Apply mandelic acid as part of your evening skincare routine, after cleansing and before moisturising. Deliver it to the skin in small amounts using light patting motions that press the product into your skin. Allow it to absorb properly before applying your moisturizer.
Here at Sweet Skin Beauty Studio we offer two types of Mandelic Peel Facials. 20% (a good starting point) and 25% for more advanced peeling. We choose Elaspa as our brand for facial peels. Depending on the condition of your skin, we can decide which is best for you and treat you to a beautiful facial that will leave your skin glowing without irritation!
Call us (604) 388-8881 or book online (www.sweetskin.ca) for your appointment.