In the last three months I have heard so much buzz about Mandelic Acid, as I am sure many of you have as well.  Generally my rule of thumb is that I like to see if a trend sticks around before I research it. However, in my recent search I have found that the results of this new intriguing acid treatment are more efficient with lasting results; making this an excellent treatment for Melasma, non cystic acne, wrinkles, and photo aging.

Mandelic acid is an AHA derived from bitter almonds and gets its name from the German word for almond “Mandel”.  Mandelic’s molecular size is smaller than any other AHAs making it less irritating and more effective.  Mandelic was studied with a focus on its effects in acne, photo-aged skin, Melasma and the findings were stunning!

Mandelic Acid has antibacterial properties and works as an exfoliant; which explains why it is so effective with oily, acnetic skin. In the hands of the proper professional, it is a fantastic chemical peel to treat hyper pigmentation and fine lines with very little down time. This treatment is also safe for virtually all skin types and conditions such as rosacea, sensitive and darker skin, because of its molecular size and slower absorption rate.

In Melasma cases, Mandelic works to break up the hyper pigmentation at a superficial level without creating inflammation. In a clinical study Melasma was reduced up to 50% with clients using products containing Mandelic acid.  It has also been found that it has the same effect in the skin as hydroquinone (whitening creams) yet safe enough to be used as a pre and post laser treatment. The world is quickly outlawing hydroquinone; it is exciting to know that we may have an effective alternative!

Cases of fine lines and wrinkles, Mandelic peels can be very effective in exfoliating dead, dull skin cells, giving the skin a more youthful, bright appearance and with continued use of Mandelic Acid products, there can be long-term rejuvenating results.  Mandelic acid helps strengthen collagen, delaying and even reversing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in the skin.

If you are excited about this relatively new find, there are a couple of options to get you started.  I found very few repuable companies.  However, I found that Nucelle ( has a great price point and seems very research driven.  Platinum skincare ( also has a Mandelic/Azelaic 22% peel, I have used many of their peels and they are very effective.

There is also Precision MD (, a company that has formulated a chemical peel; ( using Mandelic Acid for Melasma and is getting amazing results.  This peel must be administrated with a Physician on staff!