Ingredient Spotlight

Mandelic Acid


Mandelic Acid is an Alpha Hydroxy Acid that has been gaining in popularity over the last decade or so. While not as well known as some other exfoliating acids like Salicylic or Glycolic, it boasts the widest range of benefits. Derived from bitter almonds and coming in the form of peels, serums, cleansers, toners, and scrubs – Mandelic Acid is anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antibacterial, exfoliating, and brightening. Quite the impressive list of benefits even compared to the widely known alternatives.

It gets even better from here with L-Mandelic Acid. This is the chirally correct form of the acid meaning its molecules are spinning left with the natural spin of the cells in the body. This allows receptors on those cells to better receive the acid, reducing the chance of reaction or irritation. Due to Mandelic Acid’s diverse skill set, it can be used to treat several different skin conditions. While being an excellent option for fine lines, texture, and pigmentation, Mandelic Acid is many estheticians “go-to” product for their acne client’s home care regimens.

For inflamed acne, the anti-inflammatory and antibacterial benefits of Mandelic Acid help to calm and heal lesions.


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Alex Hernandez

Alex Hernandez, a licensed esthetician since 2016, serves as the Clinic Manager and Lead Educator at the Face Reality Acne Clinic in San Leandro, CA. Alex has trained alongside Laura Cooksey, owner and co-founder of Face Reality Skincare, a nationally recognized acne expert with 28 years of experience in educating professionals on safe and effective acne treatment. Alex became a Face Reality Certified Acne Expert in 2018 through diligent practical training and Laura’s online course.