Mandelic Acid benefits in conditioning pores, metabolizing dead skin cells, skin brightening and especially Mandelic acid for acne, oily skin, enlarged pores and uneven skin tone skin types works wonders. Hence many opt for Mandelic Acid in their daily skincare routine. It is crucial to use Mandelic Acid products correctly in order to achieve these beneficial effects! 


In this article, we will answer & clarify all doubts thoroughly, in particular the amount and frequency of Mandelic Acid usage and possible side effects while helping you to achieve 1st class smooth and radiant skin appearance.


What is Mandelic Acid?

Mandelic Acid also known as “Bitter Almond Acid”, is a type of fruit acid, extracted from bitter almond. Some well known fruit acids are Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid, Malic Acid, Tartaric Acid, Citric Acid, etc.


The official name of fruit acid is called Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA), this type of acid ingredient possesses the function of stratum corneum conditioning, improves enlarged pores, lightens fine lines and even out skin tone and more. Hence, it is widely used in the field of our daily skincare routine. Mandelic Acid for skin is gentler compared to other AHAs due to its molecular weight & structure. Mandelic Acid has higher fat solubility, so it’s easier to adhere to the stratum corneum and does not enter the skin layer rapidly without causing irritation. 


Additionally, Mandelic Acid has the ability to improve the acidity of the skin surface and also achieve an excellent skin maintenance effect in the proper way.


What are the beneficial effects of Mandelic Acid/ What Is Mandelic Acid Used For?

  • scavenges dead skin cells
  • reduces excessive sebum production
  • unclogs pores
  • improves acne scar & hyperpigmentation
  • lightens & evens skin tone
  • diminishes fine lines

How much Mandelic Acid to use? What is the best concentration to choose?

In fact, the pH value is the key to the efficacy of Mandelic Acid, not the higher concentration of each ingredient, the higher the efficiency. It must be lower than the normal skin pH of 5.5 to be effective, but it cannot be too low due to regulations and safety. Therefore, the optimal pH value of Mandelic Acid falls around 3.5~4. ERH’s 20% Mandelic Acid serum maintains the optimal pH level, with a perfect golden ratio, which improves acne and brightens the skin at the same time, taking your daily skincare routine to another level.


Side effects of Mandelic Acid

What are the side effects of Mandelic Acid? Will it lead to “skin darkening”? 

Mandelic Acid does not induce melanin increase, so it won’t lead to “skin darkening”. Moreover, the skin becomes darker after the Mandelic Acid application because of the lack of sunscreen or over-exfoliation, or irritation caused by using other acidic products. Not exactly caused by Mandelic Acid.


What to do with skin peeling after applying Mandelic Acid? Why does it break out?

Mandelic Acid helps in stratum corneum metabolism, so it’s normal to have slightly peeling skin, not every person experiences this phenomenon, as each person has different skin conditions. 

Daily application of Mandelic Acid in the early stage helps to promote pores unclogging, oily or combination skin will appear short-term of oil & water imbalancing and trigger break out. However, the pimples that break out during the transitional period will be shortened by the effect of Mandelic Acid, no worry at all; As for dry or sensitive skin must enhance moisturizing due to it may appear dry and peeling conditions. It can be even worse if the application method is incorrect or too frequent.



Can Mandelic Acid be used daily?

Each person’s skin has different tolerance, if there’s no allergic reaction during skin test, it is then recommended with one application every two or three days, ensuring that the skin can endure it before increasing the frequency of application. Properly used it will not lead to thinning skin or sensitivity. The amount can also be increased and applied at the targeted area especially if you have particular severe acne.


How to use Mandelic Acid correctly?

It has many benefits for skin, but without the correct usage, not just wasting the beneficial effect of the skincare product, it can even cause other skin complications. Skin Care Specialist, Dr Michelle Sung will guide you through the correct usage of Mandelic Acid, in order to achieve 1st class skin appearance. 



Mandelic Acid application steps

Gently pat dry the skin after cleansed, then apply Mandelic Acid Serum directly to the skin, cautiously avoid the eyes area, wait till the serum is completely absorbed, then apply the moisturizer for the next step. At last choose wisely (depends on current skin condition) either apply lotion or cream to enhance lock in moisture.


As for hypersensitive skin, kindly please do a sensitivity test on a partial area before. Please avoid using it if there’s any wound or scar on the skin. Always remember to stay hydrating and apply sunscreen so that you can achieve excellent skin care effectiveness. 

Even though Mandelic Acid is a relatively mild product, when using acidic products, it is necessary to regulate the skin care routine and frequency accordingly,and by following the above-mentioned of Mandelic Acid correct methods. Moreover, in order to maximize the effect of Mandelic Acid only by enhancing moisturizing and sun protection measures! Kindly reminder, once skin discomfort occurs, it is highly recommended to discontinue use and seek a professional doctor immediately.