Instructions for Using Mandelic Acid


Mandelic acid is a type of AHA, or alpha-hydroxy acid. It is derived from bitter almonds, and is in many respects similar to glycolic acid, a more commonly known AHA. AHAs work by loosening or dissolving dead and damaged skin cells to reveal fresher skin. Mandelic acid -- which also has antibiotic properties and has been used medically as a urinary antiseptic -- has recently gained favor, not only for its anti-aging effects, but also for the improvement of acneic and hyper-pigmented conditions. Used as a chemical peel, it can kill bacteria, purify pores, decrease hyper-pigmentation, and soften fine lines.

Things You'll Need

  • Facial cleanser
  • Facial moisturizer
  • Cleanse your face thoroughly. Gently pat it dry. Do not rub, as this can increase irritation from the peel.

  • Saturate a piece of gauze or large cotton swab with the mandelic acid solution. Apply evenly over your face. Leave the solution on your face for about five minutes.

  • Rinse the mandelic acid solution from your face using plenty of water and, if necessary, facial cleanser.

  • Dry face gently and apply moisturizer liberally.

  • Repeat at least once and up to three times a week.

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