The Regimen

Acne and Dark Spots? A Mandelic Acid Toner Is Your Hero

Beautiful Asian woman applying toner with cotton pad in front of mirror

If you’re just discovering mandelic acid and wondering how to incorporate this multi-tasking ingredient into your regimen, a toner with mandelic acid is a perfect place to start.

Few ingredients are as versatile or tick as many boxes as mandelic acid. It’s anti-microbial, so it kills acne bacteria to combat breakouts. Anti-melanogenic properties promote bright, even-toned skin.

Mandelic acid is also a powerful antioxidant to help guard against environmental stressors and repair photodamage like dark spots. As a micro-exfoliator, mandelic acid helps to smooth fine lines and encourage cell turnover.

Because it’s the gentlest of the AHAs, it works for all skin types and tones, including dark tones that are more prone to hyperpigmentation. Mandelic acid is gentle enough even for sensitive rosacea-affected skin.

If you have dry skin, a mandelic acid toner will improve hydration. Dry skin has more dead cells than hydrated skin and dead cells act as a roadblock for moisture. Mandelic acid breaks down the cellular glue binding dead cells to slough them away and allow moisture into the skin.


What does mandelic acid toner do for skin?

  • Unclogs pores and removes oil and residues
  • Kills acne bacteria
  • Prevents breakouts
  • Clears dead skin cells
  • Reduces the appearance of pores
  • Brightens the skin
  • Helps fade dark spots
  • Improves skin texture
  • Improves hydration
  • Enhances the absorption of serums


How to Use a Mandelic Acid Toner

If you’ve never used mandelic acid before, start with a lower percentage to allow the skin to acclimate. You can move up to a higher percentage when your skin is acclimated if you want to push your results further.

Use the toner after cleansing and before applying serums. The toner will lift cellular debris to clear the path for optimal absorption of your serums. We like to use mandelic acid toner on the neck and décolleté as well.

You can use a mandelic acid toner both morning and night.


Can I use mandelic acid every day?

A mandelic acid toner improves tone and texture and optimizes your regimen, so you not only can use it every day, you should. Because of its gentle activity, mandelic acid makes the perfect daily toner for any skin type or tone.


Shop Mandelic Acid Toners

Skin Nourishing Toner  

Mandelic acid, niacinamide, rosehip oil, green tea extract, and kiwi extract make this an ultra-nourishing formula. Protects against environmental stressors and enhances serum absorption for accelerated results.

3% Mandelic Acid 3-In-1 Toner

Our 3% Mandelic Acid toner is a great place to start if you’re new to mandelic acid. This multi-tasking essential refines surface texture, aids the dispersal and prevention of excess pigment, and enhances serum absorption for accelerated results.

9% Mandelic Acid 3-In-1 Toner

A little spicier than the 3%, move up to this advanced brightening and clarifying toner when your skin is acclimated. Ideal for targeting moderate to severe acne, dark spots, fine lines, and dull tone. 

Daily Repair Pads

This mandelic acid-based AHA and BHA cocktail is a glow-boosting mini-peel in a pad. The textured pads loosen and lift cellular debris, and their take-along package makes them excellent for travel or gym.

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