Mandelic acid is probably not the most popular acid used in cosmetics. It can sometimes can be overlooked, even taken for granted, but as all MD know, it’s gentle yet powerful, which if you ask us, is pretty interesting.

For the past few years, it has been making an appearance in the major league of cosmetics, becoming one of the most highly valued ingredients on the market.

But, what exactly is mandelic acid and why is it so much appreciated?


Mandelic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid (also known as AHA) derived from bitter almonds (called in German mandel).

Having the largest particle sizes among the AHAs (like glycolic and lactic acids), allows it to be absorbed into the skin more slowly, superficially, and evenly, staying on the skin for a longer period of time.

Thanks to not killing melanocytes and not exacerbating discoloration, mandelic acid is considered one of the best options for darker complexions. And thanks to its oil solubility, it penetrates deeper into the skin than fellow AHAs.


Thanks to its antibacterial properties and paired with its gentle exfoliating effects, Mandelic acid is a great ally against acne, dull skin, uneven texture, hyperpigmentation, fine lines, and wrinkles. It is also proven to improve collagen production, skin smoothness, brightness, and clearness. Mandelic acid unclogs pores and gets rid of acne and dead cells, leaving your complexion cleaner.


md:peel mandelic activates cellular regeneration, decreasing corneocyte cohesion and stimulating the shedding of damaged pigmented cells from the skin surface, improving the skin’s texture and tone. Its whitening properties act as a Tyrosinase inhibitor and help to lighten skin blemishes, increasing the appearance of a smoother skin complexion.

It also promotes collagen production, strengthening the dermal matrix, erasing fine lines and wrinkles, and improving skin elasticity and luminosity.

With proven keratolytic, anti-seborrheic and antibacterial activity, it normalises sebum secretion, helping to correct acne prone skin.

If you are looking for an intimate solution, md:ceuticals, in collaboration with a multidisciplinary team of expert gynaecologists and dermatologists, has developed md:peel IntimateWhite, a non-invasive peel specifically designed to rejuvenate the sensitive intimate areas, helping patients to feel comfortable in their own skin. With a formulation rich in Mandelic acid and other whitening, firming and antioxidant ingredients, md:peel IntimateWhite, provides the genital area with a visible whitening and lifting effect, helping the skin to recover its natural colour, brightness, healthy texture, and tone.

Mandelic acid has the power to transform your skin in as little as two weeks. It’s a great choice for skin phototypes I-VI and safe for sensitive skins, giving the opportunity to be treated without worrying about side effects.

So, make sure to book a session with your dermatologist to enjoy the power of our products. What are you waiting for?

Written by md:ceuticals