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Mandelic Acid

* An AHA

* An AHA

* Please read TIA’s article on Mandelic Acid for Age Spots

Mandelic Acid is an Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) made from the extract of bitter almonds. Its anti-bacterial and AHA properties make it an ideal ingredient for skin care products, although it has also been used as an antibiotic for over a century as well, according to Wikipedia.

Mandelic Acid has larger molecules than most of its AHA counterparts; therefore, it is less irritating to the skin, but can still deliver the same anti-aging benefits that AHAs traditionally provide: accelerated cellular turnover rate, the ridding of dead skin cells, and increased collagen production (MandelicAcid.org). Mandelic Acid's antibacterial properties allow it to serve as an effective acne treatment as well.

Many other claims are made about Mandelic Acid's uses, including that it interferes with the production of melanin in the skin and prevents or reduces age spots, and is an effective pre and post-laser surgery treatment. However, neither of these uses have any independent scientific data behind them.

Safety Measures/Side Effects:

Although there are no specific side effects are warnings found for Mandelic Acid, it should be noted that as an AHA, caution should be taken when using products containing Mandelic Acid and going into the sun. Sunscreen should always be worn, ideally with an SPF of 30 or higher. The FDA issued a statement asking that all users of products containing AHAs, including Mandelic Acid by default, consider the heightened risks of UV exposure after applying AHA products.

Recommended Products w/ Mandelic Acid:

Vivant Mandelic Acid Serum, MaMa Lotion

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