Mandelic Acid for Black Skin
Mandelic acid, an alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA), named after the German mandel (almond) and derived from the hydrolysis of an extract of bitter almonds has been extensively documented for its effectiveness in treating common skin problems, such as photo-aging, irregular pigmentation, blemishes, congested skin and acne. In ethnic skin, studies have shown that mandelic acid is useful in suppressing pigmentation, treating inflammatory non-cystic acne, and rejuvenating photo-aged skin, doing so safely, without causing skin discoloration.
Some scientific facts:
- The mandelic acid molecule is larger than the glycolic acid molecule, a widely used AHA
- Mandelic acid (which has an acidity level of 3.41), is stronger than glycolic acid (which has an acidity level of 3.83)
- Mandelic acid has a structure similar to that of other well-known antibiotics. AHA mandelic acid has both cosmeceutical and antibacterial advantages
- Mandelic acid, in its correct formulation, can produce anti-aging effects on the skin similar to those produced by glycolic acid
Results from our preliminary clinical trials have showed the following encouraging results:
- Mandelic acid, when compared with glycolic acid peels, produced less reddening of the skin, usually in patches, as a result of injury or irritation. Repeated weekly peeling is useful for treating acne, melasma, lentigenes, and fine photoaging damage (e.g., wrinkles, dullness, skin texture changes).
- Fine wrinkles and lines appear to improve with the use of 10% acid preparations. Skin texture improves quickly within days or weeks.
- Melasma, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, and lentigines, improved quickly when treated with our AHA mandelic acid product line.
- Acne improvement was remarkable in many of our clients treated with inflammatory pustular, comedonal, and papular acne. Many acne patients who are resistant to antibiotics given both systemically and topically have responded very well to mandelic acid.
To get started, we recommend you start with our Level 1 starter kit (skipping to Step 2 is NOT recommended– you have to gradually get your skin acclimated to the AHA mandelic acid). Before starting out with our AHA mandelic acid line, please be sure to read our instructions.