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Jun 03, 2019
by Vivant Skin Care
You may have noticed the Vivant line is heavily weighted with Vitamin A and Mandelic Acid products. These ingredients are our tentpoles. Why? First, because Dr. Fulton pioneered both for skin care. Second, because they work. Between the two, they bring targeted results for treating acne, hyperpigmentation, and signs of aging in every skin type and tone. There is some overlap between the two, and there are some distinct differences. Here, we breakdown each ingredient to help you understand which is right for your skin, and how to know when the answer is both.
Retinoids (including non-prescription retinol) are derived from vitamin A. Originally co-developed by Dr. Fulton to treat acne, retinoids proved to be beneficial for reducing signs of aging as well. More research revealed that in addition to clearing acne impactions, vitamin A derivatives are potent regenerative agents that repair and prevent photodamage and stimulate cellular renewal. But to be effective, vitamin A must reach the deeper layers of the dermis where it’s converted to retinoic acid. Vivant’s patented Vitamin A Propionate is the gold standard for non-prescription retinols because of its small molecular structure, the closest of any to the prescription strength Retin-A® co-developed by Dr. Fulton.
Unique properties of Vitamin A Propionate
Choose Vitamin A if your goal is:
Dr. Fulton pioneered the use of mandelic acid for treating acne in dark skin prone to hyperpigmentation. Derived from bitter almonds, this antioxidant multi-tasker has a larger molecular structure than many other acids, which slows absorption produces less irritation. It’s a micro-exfoliator and melanin-inhibitor, so it helps reduce existing discoloration and prevent the formation of new pigment. Anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties make it a formidable acne-fighter.
Choose mandelic acid if your goal is:
“Okay, but I have goals that match those of both vitamin A and mandelic acid. Now what?”
If your main concern is acne, use a mandelic acid cleanser and toner for the antibacterial properties, and a vitamin A serum to peel out deeper impactions.
If hyperpigmentation is a concern when treating inflammatory acne, use mandelic acid for all three steps: cleanser, toner, and serum.
If your main goal is to brighten, create a more even tone, and reduce hyperpigmentation, use a mandelic acid cleanser, toner, and serum.
For treating fine lines in all skin tones, mandelic acid is your go-to.
For targeting more advanced photo-aging concerns in all skin tones, Vitamin A Propionate is your hero.
Always start with the lowest percentage and work up to the higher percentage formulas to allow skin to acclimate. When using our concentrated serums in either vitamin A or mandelic acid formulations, you will notice some mild flaking when you first begin using the product. Mandelic acid is the gentler of the two, so this effect will be less with mandelic acid. Flaking is the sign of micro-exfoliation, which is cellular turnover and regeneration. It means your product is working. It will subside within a couple of weeks and your skin will continue to improve.
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