Medical grade mandelic acid skin brightening

Medical grade strength mandelic acid is more stable and gentle than what can be found in the stores. It is a plant-based acid that is non-irritating and easily absorbed into the skin. This makes it excellent for wide use in skin brightening treatments. Mandelic acid helps to soften keratin, even out oil production, unclog pores, and gives the skin a healthy glow for all-around fresher and softer skin. 

What is mandelic acid?

Mandelic acid is the gentlest of cosmetic acids and is the only alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) with a benzene ring shape. It is more effective at inhibiting tyronsinase and tyrosine than other brightening agents, which obstructs the production of the skin-darkening agent, melanin. Suitable for all skin types, it is less prone than other AHA’s to negative side effects such as redness and swelling, burns, or scabbing.  Mandelic acid is also useful for protecting the skin and reducing redness and swelling following laser therapies. It can be applied one or two weeks following the procedure. 

By inhibiting the activity of tyronsinase and tyrosine, mandelic acid prevents the formation of melanin in the skin while also gently metabolizing dark spots and blotches. The acid works deep into the skin to remove excess keratin, improve skin brightness, even out the complexion, and lighten the appearance of surface-level moles and wrinkles. Before application, patients should consult with L’Excellence’s expert medical team to assess which level of concentration is most suitable for their skin type: 10%, 20%, or 30%. 

Frequently asked questions

  • Do not shave or undergo hair removal treatments
  • Do not exfoliate, get a perm, or dye your hair at least one week before treatment
  • Do not excessively expose yourself to sunlight or allow your face to be sunburnt at least one week before treatment
  • Please consult with a physician if taking oral medications or local retinoids
  • It is not recommended to wear makeup on the same day following treatment. Light makeup can be worn the next day depending on the patient’s condition, but it is recommended heavy makeup be avoided for 3 days following treatment
  • Avoid hot environments for 3 days following treatment, such as hot springs, saunas, swimming pools, or public baths
  • Minor scabbing is normal following treatment; do not scratch or attempt to peel off scabs. We recommend increasing daily moisturization
  • For one week following treatment do not perm or dye hair, undergo keratin removal procedures, or hair removal procedures to avoid irritating the skin and causing an allergic reaction
  • Mandelic acid treatment can sometimes cause an increase in acne; this is normal
  • Do not apply retinoids or other medications, including medicated cosmetics, unless otherwise instructed to do so by a doctor

A small reminder from L’Excellence:

The information and images on this page are only for the provision of medical information. All photos published are sampled from the clinic’s patients with their permission. 

All treatments come with some risk, and results are subject to vary according to individuals. Please consult with a physician for a personalized assessment of treatments and possible improvements.