Chemical peels improve facial and body appearance by removing the top layer of the skin. That results in a smoother look with fewer lines, folds and wrinkles. Peels can also reduce the appearance of spots or blotches, creating skin with a more even color. Your provider will help determine which type of chemical peel is right for you.
Most common AHA peels used glycolic acid or lactic acid (or a combination of both). However, these two AHAs have very small molecules that are quickly absorbed into the skin. For some, that rapid absorption means aggressive exfoliation…and the redness and irritation to show it. Mandelic acid, on the other hand, has larger molecules that are more slowly absorbed into the skin. The slower absorption rate translates into gentler exfoliation. People with sensitive skin, even those with rosacea, have been able to use mandelic acid peels without adverse effects.
The gentleness of mandelic acid as a chemical exfoliant is also good for those with darker skin tones. The irritation that glycolic and/or lactic acid may cause can stimulate melanin production, resulting in hyperpigmentation. The same reaction is not observed with the use of mandelic acid peels.
As a chemical exfoliant, mandelic acid has other benefits beyond its gentleness. Unlike other AHAs, mandelic acid has antibacterial and bactericidal properties. That makes this AHA an excellent choice for those with an oily skin type who are more likely or already battling acne.
Formulated for redness-prone, sensitive and reactive skin, this peel retexturizes skin and soothes redness for a calm, more even complexion. It reduces mild chrono- or photo-aging and mild hyperpigmented skin while improving overall skin texture and tone.