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Why Mandelic Acid is the Perfect Choice for Hyperpigmentation-Prone Skin

Why Mandelic Acid is the Perfect Choice for Hyperpigmentation-Prone Skin


Mandelic acid is great for all skin tones but has some unique advantages for dark skin because of its non-irritating action.


In dark skin tones, the risk of hyperpigmentation is magnified because there’s more melanin in the skin. The more melanin, the more melanocytes there are to react to skin injury or irritation and trigger excess pigmentation. Consequently, dark skin needs to be treated less aggressively than lighter tones.


Gentle mandelic acid fits this requirement perfectly. Its large molecular structure slows its absorption into the skin, so it doesn’t cause irritation that can trigger an inflammatory response. An acid like glycolic has a small molecular structure so it penetrates the skin quickly. Great for stimulating rapid cell turnover, not great for sensitive skin.

Does mandelic’s gentle action make it less effective? No, it just makes it a little slower. Plus, mandelic gets a potency boost from another source: its ability to inhibit melanin.


Like other acids, mandelic’s micro-exfoliating properties help lift excess pigment from the surface of skin. But unlike other acids, mandelic works in the deeper layers of skin to inhibit melanin production. So what it might lack in speed, it makes up for in depth. For treating discoloration, no acid can match mandelic’s brightening ability.


But that’s not all there is to the magic of mandelic. We like to call mandelic the trifecta acid because it targets three of the top trouble spots: acne, aging, and hyperpigmentation.


In addition to its melanin-inhibiting and micro-exfoliating properties, mandelic acid is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory. It clears dead skin cells, kills bacteria, reduces redness and inflammation, and helps to diminish the appearance of acne scars.


Mandelic acid has benefits for aging skin as well. It accelerates cell renewal making skin appear lighter, brighter, firmer, and smoother. At the same time, mandelic acid promotes collagen production to increase skin’s elasticity and youthful appearance.


Could there be a more perfect acid?


Check out some of our customers before-and-afters to see real results achieved with mandelic acid regimens.


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