Mandelic acid is more gentle than some of the other AHAs like glycolic acid and lactic acid. It is ideally suited for those with sensitive or allergic skin who would nevertheless like to enjoy the benefits of chemical exfoliation. It also promotes collagen production which is the main protein found in skin and connective tissue.
In general, mandelic acid helps for three different kinds of skin problem:
1) Wrinkles and fine lines
It helps to improve cell turnover by dissolving tiny bonds that bind skin cells together, helping to eliminate dead skin on the surface that can contribute to dark complexions and fine lines. It helps to stimulate collagen production that help soften the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, resulting in a more youthful appearance.
Melasma is a common skin disorder affecting the face and in which brown or greyish patches develops on the face. Mandelic acid has been shown to reduce melasma in four weeks and resulting in a more evenly coloured complexion.
3) Acne skin
The antibacterial effects of mandelic acid are particularly helpful in treating acne. It also helps to regulate the production of sebum and slowly reduces the occurrence of breakouts. Mandelic acid has also been shown to help those suffering from cystic acne.