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Mandelic Acid

It is an alpha-hydroxy acid derived from bitter almonds, peaches and apricots.

The molecule of mandelic acid is larger than GA molecule, hence penetration is slower.

It is found to be safer in darker skin types.

It is the least irritating, therefore recommended for sensitive skin.

It is available in the concentration of 20%, 40%, 50%.


  • Breaks down connections between corneocytes of the skin’s horny layer leading to its detachment (peeling)
  • Interacts with fibroblast receptors, stimulating the production of collagen in the skin
  • Increased moisturisation of the skin. 


  • Acne, Rosacea.
  • Photoaged skin.
  • Pigmentation, Melasma.
  • Uneven texture. 


  • Anti-ageing properties similar to GA, therefore useful in rejuvenating the skin and improving skin texture.
  • It has anti-bacterial properties, therefore useful for acne.
  • It is useful for melasma, PIH. 

Mandelic acid is stronger than GA, but has large molecular weight which slows penetration making it less irritating.

Mandelic acid does not cause irritation, erythema and burning as compared to GA.

When compared with GA peels, mandelic acid is less likely to result in crusting, blistering or other adverse effects on the epidermis.

It is a promising peeling agent for the treatment of acne, melasma and photo-ageing in all skin types.

Lack of irritation, burning and erythema are advantages over GA- making it an excellent lunchtime peel.



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