July 22, 2024

Why mandelic acid is the skincare super ingredient your beauty regime has been missing

The idea of smearing acid all over your face might not sound like the gentlest approach to skincare but it’s one of the most effective.

While we’ve already lauded the benefits of adding salicylic and hyaluronic acid to your beauty regime, there’s a new kid on the block in the form of mandelic acid.

We’ve called on Dr Chen, R&D at DCL Skincare, to give us the lowdown on exactly what it is, the copious benefits it will bring to your skincare regime and the products packed to the brim with it.

What is mandelic acid?

Mandelic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) derived from bitter almonds, but is more gentle.

What benefits does mandelic acid have on skin?

Wrinkles and fine lines

Mandelic acid is a go-to anti-ageing ingredient in the world of skincare. It works to accelerate cell turnover by dissolving the tiny bonds that hold skin cells together, helping to remove dead skin on the surface that can lead to dull complexions, as well as fine lines. It also strengthens collagen, one of the building blocks of the skin’s support network that gives it youthful firmness.

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Hyperpigmentation and discolouration

Malesma is a common skin condition in which light to dark brown or greyish pigmentation develops on the face. Mandelic acid has been shown to reduce melasma by as much as 50% in four weeks, resulting in a more evenly coloured complexion.


Mandelic acid’s antibacterial properties are extremely helpful in treating acne. It also helps to regulate sebum production and in turn decrease the occurrence of breakouts. Mandelic acid has even been shown to benefit those who suffer from cystic acne.

How to use mandelic acid in your beauty regime

Dr Chen advises applying mandelic acid as part of your evening skincare routine, after cleansing and before moisturising. “Deliver it to the skin in small amounts using light patting motions that press the product into your skin. Allow it to absorb properly before applying moisturiser,” she advises.

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