Mandelic Skin Peel

This innovative treatment is derived from almonds. Incorporating the front line in skincare delivery systems, it penetrates deeply into the skin to calm, reduce inflammation and encourage exfoliation.

An excellent treatment for acne, inflamed and sensitive skins or those who are new to medical skin treatments.

Mandelic Acid Peels


What are they and what do they do

Mandelic acid peels are a type of peel belonging to the glycolic acid peel family or AHA peels. It is an aromatic peel first discovered by the German chemist Ferdinand Ludwig Winkler. The skin peel is generally mild due to the large molecular structure which allows for a minimal penetration of the skin. It is therefore a goto peel for the treatment of sensitive and damaged skins including for the treatment of rosacea.

The mandelic peel has an antibacterial property and was initially used as an oral antibiotic. It is therefore a good choice for those suffering from acne.

Generally the mandelic acid is available in different strengths from 20% to 50% concentrations.

The peel helps to:

o Exfoliate the skin

o Improve skin tone

o Enhance dark marks or pigmentation

o Treat acne

o Treat back heads

o Improve photodamaged skin

o And improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.


What happens during a treatment.

Before the mandelic acid peel is applied, the skin is cleansed and then a toner is applied to clean the skin further of its natural oils. This degreasing process ensures that the peel is effective on the skin. Once the skin peel is applied using gentle brush strokes it is left on the skin from anywhere between 5 to 10 minutes.

Generally speaking you do not feel any sensation. However, after 5 mins the peel starts to feel warm with mild tingling.

The skin will begin to turn pink or blushed but not crimson red. Once the neutralising solution is applied to remove the peeling solution from your skin you may find that the skin feels more irritated. Once the moisturizing cream is applied your skin feels normal.


Normally mandelic peels do not cause the classic skin peeling off effect as the peel is mild. However, the effects of the peel are nonetheless taking place. You should not use any scrubs or active creams for the first week. A good sunscreen and specialised post-peel creams are recommended.


Is there any downtime

Generally allow 2 to 3 days for the skin to repair. Whilst the peel can be considered a lunch time peel it is best to have the weekend to let the skin rest and receive to benefit from the full effects of the peel.


When will you see results

You will notice an immediate improve of your skin which progresses for a week. Your skin will be smoother, brighter and more supple. Improvements continue with a course of peels. For acne and pigmentation a course of peels is recommended before you see any improvement. If tolerated peels every 2 weeks is beneficial.

What is mandelic acid?

Mandelic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that is derived from bitter almonds. It is a colorless crystalline solid that is soluble in water and commonly used in skincare products due to its ability to exfoliate dead skin cells, improve skin texture and tone, and treat various skin conditions.

Mandelic acid has a larger molecular structure compared to other AHAs like glycolic acid, making it a gentler option for those with sensitive skin. It also has antibacterial properties, making it effective in treating acne and preventing breakouts.

In addition to its use in skincare, mandelic acid is also used in chemical peels, where it is applied to the skin in higher concentrations to help improve skin texture, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and treat hyperpigmentation.

What does a mandelic acid peel do?

A mandelic acid peel is a chemical peel that uses a solution containing mandelic acid to exfoliate the top layer of the skin. The peel helps to improve skin texture, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and treat hyperpigmentation, acne, and other skin conditions.

During the peel, the solution is applied to the skin, and the mandelic acid works by breaking down the bonds between dead skin cells, allowing them to be sloughed off and revealing fresh, new skin underneath. This process can also stimulate the production of collagen and elastin, which can help to improve skin elasticity and firmness.

Mandelic acid peels are considered to be a gentler option compared to other chemical peels, such as those that use glycolic acid or salicylic acid, making them suitable for those with sensitive skin. The concentration of mandelic acid used in the peel can be adjusted based on individual skin type and concerns, with higher concentrations providing a more intense exfoliation and greater benefits, but also more potential for irritation.

Overall, a mandelic acid peel can help to improve the appearance and health of the skin, leaving it looking smoother, brighter, and more youthful.

Does mandelic acid make your skin peel?

Yes, mandelic acid can cause skin peeling as it is an exfoliating agent. When applied to the skin, mandelic acid works by breaking down the bonds between dead skin cells, allowing them to be sloughed off and revealing fresh, new skin underneath. This process can cause some skin peeling or flaking, especially after a peel or with higher concentrations of mandelic acid.

However, compared to other AHAs, such as glycolic acid, mandelic acid is considered to be a gentler option and is less likely to cause excessive skin peeling or irritation. It is also suitable for those with sensitive skin.

The degree of skin peeling or flaking will depend on the individual’s skin type and the concentration of mandelic acid used. It is important to follow the instructions provided by the product or practitioner administering the peel and to avoid excessive sun exposure and harsh skincare products during the recovery period.

How often can I do a mandelic acid peel?

The frequency of mandelic acid peels will depend on several factors, including your skin type, the concentration of mandelic acid used, and the condition being treated. 

In general, mandelic acid peels can be done every 2-4 weeks for best results. However, it is important to avoid over-exfoliation, as this can cause skin irritation and damage. It is recommended to start with a lower concentration of mandelic acid and gradually increase the concentration and frequency as tolerated by your skin.

It is also important to properly care for your skin before and after a mandelic acid peel to ensure optimal results and minimize the risk of irritation. This includes avoiding sun exposure, using a gentle cleanser and moisturizer, and wearing sunscreen daily.

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