Mandelic acid for age spots
Vivant has a range of products for treating hyperpigmentation and acne that use high concentrations of mandelic acid. I recently came across mandelic acid in a potion by Vivant was about to move on. What caused me to linger was the discovery that the scientific brains behind Vivant is one James E Fulton PhD, MD, a biochemist who invented Retin A.
Given that Retin A, the prescription anti-acne and anti-wrinkle cream, is one of the few things that have been demonstrated to really work, it struck me that I should take more interest in mandelic acid. Perhaps this could be just the thing for age spots.
Mandelic acid is an almond extract. I haven't been able to find any independent evidence, but according to the good Doctor, mandelic acid does three things: it interferes with the production of melanin (this will stop new age spots forming); reduces sebaceous gland oil production (that will help out with acne); and increases the amount of new collagen and elastin formed. All this without irritation.
There are various levels of concentrations of mandelic acid in the Vivant range, including one patent-pending product, the 3-in-1 Serum ($66 for 1oz) that has a 15% dose. Other key ingredients in 3-in1 Serum include sodium lactate, sodium PCA, glycine, fructose, urea, niacinamide, inositol (vitamin Bh) and lactic acid.
I was also intrigued to discover that Vivant also has a range of products with retinyl propionate, a new retinol that does the job without causing the kind of inflammation that is common with use of Retin A. I shall explore that further in an upcoming post.