Mandelic acid is an AHA, but it often gets overlooked for its more popular sister, glycolic acid. Like malic acid, mandelic acid, also known as amygdalic acid, has a much larger molecular weight than glycolic acid, which means it won’t penetrate the skin as deeply.
Benefits: The great benefits of exfoliation are delivered with this ingredient. It unclogs pores, promotes cell turnover, brightens, and helps with hyperpigmentation!
Skin Types: Due to its molecule size, everyone can use mandelic acid. It’s specifically wonderful for sensitive and combination skin types that are prone to breakouts.