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Ingredient Focus: Mandelic Acid

Do you suffer with a particular skincare issue but none of our previous ingredient focus’ has highlighted a solution? Hopefully, this time when we shed some light on Mandelic Acid here at Mankind, you’ll have found your ultimate skin saviour. If you have sensitive or highly pigmented skin then definitely make sure that you read on as our ingredient focus: Mandelic Acid could change your grooming skincare routine forever. If not, why not read on anyway so you can impress the people in your life with your extensive ingredient knowledge?

What is Mandelic Acid?

Mandelic Acid is an Alpha-Hydroxy Acid (AHA) just like glycolic acid and lactic acid. It is a naturally derived acid made from bitter almonds and has so many uses in both skincare and in medicine. It also chemically resembles common antibiotics and can be used to cure a number of infections. However, we’re not looking for that, we want to know the benefits for your skin and we know you do too so we’re going to explain exactly what it does to your skin.

What Does Mandelic Acid in Skincare Do?

Mandelic Acid is very similar to glycolic acid and other AHA’s as it increases skin cells turnover by dissolving the tiny bonds that hold skin cells together. This allows dead skin cells on the surface of the skin to be sloughed off quickly to reveal healthier cells underneath. It also thins the outer layer of the skin, which helps it to reflect light better so your skin looks smoother and more youthful. Along with this, Mandelic Acid softens the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, overall improving skin texture. For those with pigmented skin due to skin damage and sun exposure, it’s effective in lightening pigmented areas. As Mandelic Acid causes significantly less redness, flaking and skin irritation than other AHA’s, it makes it a better choice for those with sensitive skin who can’t use others like glycolic acid due to reactions. With its antibacterial properties, this acid is great for acne sufferers and those with rosacea. Mandelic Acid really does seem like a skincare miracle!

Mankind Recommends


If you’ve decided that Mandelic Acid may be the skincare saviour that you’re in need of but now you don’t know where to start with purchasing products then don’t worry because we’ve got some ace recommendations for you to try for any budget. First of all, the Dr Dennis Gross Extra Strength Alpha Beta Peel – Extra Strength is a facial peel which is used to help you achieve a smooth, luminous and youthful-looking complexion. Enriched with a combination of Mandelic Acid and glycolic acid, it’s specially formulated to relieve redness for long-lasting comfort. For those of you who prefer a quicker way to treat your skin, the Bakel Malic Lightening and Renewing Serum is a fast, yet effective way to improve and renew your overall complexion. Not only that, it is also extremely efficient in fighting the main causes of skin-ageing. When suffering with quite dry skin, the IOMA Brightening Moisturising Serum may be the best product for you. This serum helps cells to regenerate, firms elasticity and structure and of course most importantly, moisturises your skin. Your skin will remain refreshed, revived and hydrated.


 Once you’ve begun using Mandelic Acid in your skincare, if it doesn’t work straight away there is no need to give up. Skin can take a few weeks/even months to adjust to new products and ingredients so being patient and continuing to use it may result in your skin both settling down and improving.

Have you tried using Mandelic Acid in your skincare routine yet?

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Grooming Editor

Curating the perfect grooming collection is no easy task - but that's where I come in. Scouring the beauty world for the best ingredients, haircare and skincare essentials, my mission is to bring you the very best advice and guidance for your tailored grooming regime.

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