Can I Use Mandelic Acid Everyday?


The questions on mandelic acid have been pouring in since I started covering it here on Science and Skincare. So, I thought I’d introduce this quick fire kinda post to answer these questions as succinctly as possible.

Today’s question is ‘can I use mandelic acid everyday?’ and the answer is yes (but if your skin cannot tolarate chemical exfoliation then no but more on that in the next paragraph). Mandelic acid is well tolerated by nearly all skin types. In fact, people with acne, sensitive skin, and even those with rosacea can benefit from a gentle treatment that includes mandelic acid.

Depending on how your skin reacts to AHAs, this product can be used daily. If sensitivity occurs (redness, stinging, breakouts), cut back to every other day. It’s also important to note that since Mandelic acid works by exfoliating skin, it can increase sun sensitivity. A sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30 is recommended during the day.

Product recommendations

For hyperpigmentation:

Allies of Skin – Mandelic Pigmentation Corrector Night Serum

If you want to try mandelic acid: 

The Ordinary Mandelic Acid 10% + HA

To minimize pores:

Medik8 Pore Minimising Tonic

To improve skin texture: 

Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 25% AHA + 2% BHA Exfoliant Peel

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