Mandelic acid is an increasingly popular alpha hydroxy acid derived from the hydrolysis of an extract of bitter almonds.


It has been studied extensively for its uses in treating common skin problems such as photo-ageing, irregular pigmentation and acne. Mandelic acid accelerates the biological process of peeling the skin and helps control skin care concerns.


The molecular structure of Mandelic acid is larger than alternative alpha hydroxy acids such as glycolic acid, meaning it takes longer to penetrate into the skin’s surface and is much less irritating. The notable difference between Glycolic acid and Mandelic acid based products is the lack of skin irritation and erythema that often accompany skin treatments with Mandelic acid. This is one of many positive differences between the two different forms of acid, making Mandelic acid a safer medium to work with both professionally and when recommended for at home use.


Mandelic acid has the following results on the below skincare concerns;


Fine lines and wrinkles


Improvement of fine lines and wrinkles can be seen  in patients with Fitzpatrick skin types I through VI without any post inflammatory hyperpigmentation response. Skin texture has a notable improvement and photo-aged skin is rejuvenated.


Abnormal Pigmentation


Melasma, post inflammatory hyperpigmentation and lentigens (large freckles) are improved quickly when treated with Mandelic acid. Melasma (hormonal pigmentation) improvement can be seen by up to 50% after 1 month of treatment with no darkening of the Melasma, when darker skin types are treated. A sustained, gradual improvement is a characteristic of Mandelic acid.


Acne improvement


The result of Mandelic acid on acne sufferers is remarkable in patients treated with inflammatory, pustular, comedonal and papular acne. Patients with gram-negative folliculitis (inflammation of hair follicles) also showed improvement when using Mandelic acid. Mandelic acid has been found to be especially useful in treating adult patients suffering from both photo-ageing and acne.


Due to Mandelic acid’s various beneficial results, it can be found in many of the DermaFix products such as DermaFix DermaBright, MD Prescriptives Mandelic Cleanser and MD Prescriptives Mandelic Toner.


DermaFix DermaBright contains a unique blend of active ingredients to produce visible skin brightening results within days of regular application. It is a powerful at home treatment indicated for the improvement of the above mentioned concerns. A slow introduction of the DermaFix DermaBright is recommended to help resurface the skin and provide lightening and brightening results with an increase in healthy cell turnover. When using DermaFix DermaBright flaking can be experienced, it is therefore recommended to incorporate DermaFix DermaPolish into your daily routine to assist with the removal of redundant skin cells.


MD Prescriptives Mandelic Cleanser is a multi-functional cleanser that assists to improve various skin care concerns whilst delicately yet deeply cleansing the skin.The skin in turn re-acquires its original equilibrium dealing with various problematic skin care concerns such as Ageing, Hyperpigmentation and Acne. MD Prescriptives Mandelic Cleanser has an additional key ingredient being Niacinamide which inhibits the transfer of melanin-containing melanosomes to the outer layer of the skin, thereby helping to prevent the formation of hyperpigmentation.


MD Prescriptives Mandelic Toner is a 3-in-1 multi-purpose clarifying toner that balances pH levels of the skin to control and reduce excess oil production for a clearer and more even complexion. It refines the surface of the skin and penetrates deep into pores to remove make-up and pore-clogging dead skin cells.


MD Prescriptives Mandelic Toner suppresses acne bacteria, diminishes hyperpigmentation and stimulates new collagen growth.

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