Beauty Discovery: Mandelic Acid

I'm a strong advocate of using retinols. Not only do they slow down the aging process, but they're extraordinarily effective at eradicating acne. I've been using Tazorac (a prescription Vitamin A retinol) for the last 10 years and it's made an enormous difference in the quality of my skin. But, there was one little problem. Tazorac can be intense. For me, it caused long-term peeling on my chin that I just couldn't seem to get rid of, no matter how much moisturizer I used. 

So, I turned to my esthetician, Kimmy Williams, of Acqua e Sapone Acne Treatment Center in San Francisco, to help solve the problem. She recommeneded using mandelic acid instead of Tazorac on my chin area and within days the peeling was gone and has never returned. 

A new game-changer in the skin industry, "mandelic acid is a type of alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) derived from bitter almonds," says Williams. "Alpha hydroxy acids are a family of compounds that include glycolic acid and lactic acid and they all have the common benefit of exfoliating. Mandelic acid has the added benefits of being antibacterial, anti-fungal, and pigment lightening making it ideal for not just acneic skin but anti-aging, uneven skin tone, and keratosis pilaris.

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