Mandelic Serum & Vitamin A

Two Products You Need to Add to Your Skin Care Routine

Mandelic Serum and Vitamin A are two products you should consider adding to your skin care routine now!  Both are packed with amazing benefits for your skin.  Here’s what you need to know.

What is Mandelic Acid?

A Mandelic Acid is an effective, but gentle, exfoliating Alpha Hydroxy Acid(AHA). It is a natural compound extracted from bitter almonds.  It can also help reduce the appearance of discoloration in the skin, so it’s a great product if you have hyperpigmentation, age spots, even rosacea.

Depending on the manufacturer, Mandelic can be different. Mandelic-L and Mandelic-DL may also come up in product information so let me explain the difference!

What’s the difference between L- Mandelic and Mandelic – DL?  

The L and DL distinctions are what separates the two from a powerhouse of effectiveness and a not so result driven. The difference between L- Mandelic versus Mandelic –DL is their level of potency.  The DL is not as concentrated so it’s usually not as effective. Don’t worry, I made sure to use L in my Mandelic Serum that I mention below to give you the glowing, clear face you want.

Why do I need it?

If you have fine lines, wrinkles, dark tones and acne, Mandelic Acid helps to remove dead skin on the surface that can lead to dull complexions, as well as fine lines. It also strengthens collagen, one of the building blocks of the skin’s support network that gives it youthful firmness. Helps to lighten and brighten dark spots due to sun damage, post inflammatory hyperpigmentation and even melasma. Mandelic Acid is also great for acne as it has great antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties, while regulating sebum production.

 What is Vitamin A?

Vitamin A contains both retinoids and carotenoids. The beneficial antioxidants found in orange-colored plants and foods (such as pumpkins) are called carotenoids. Retinoids stimulate the production of collagen, skin-plumping hyaluronic acid, and elastin. When applied topically, retinol is converted into retinoic acid by enzymes found in our skin.

What are the many differences of Vitamin A?

  1. Tazarotene Strongest (Tazorac) Retinoic Acid
  2. Retin A Second Strongest (Retin A) also Retinoic Acid
  3. Retinaldehyde & Vitamin A Proprionate are the third strongest
  4. Retinol Weaker
  5. Retinyl Palmitate Weakest

Retin-A, Tazorac, and Tretinoin are Retinoic Acid therefore no conversion is necessary, that’s  why they work fast. However being they work so fast, they are very irritating to the skin and not well tolerated by many people. The Vitamin A Proprionate is what I choose to incorporate due to it’s powerful results without the redness, flaking and irritation.

Why do I need Vitamin A in my skin care routine?

Adding Vitamin A into your skin care routine can have a number of benefits but Vitamin A is mostly used for:

  • Smoothing skin.
  • Stimulating collagen production to reduce the appearance of fine lines.
  • Helping to decrease pigmentation from sun damage, PIH, and melasma.
  • Acne management.

How do I incorporate these into my skin care routine?

I have two new products coming out! One is a Mandelic Serum and the second is a Vitamin A Serum.  Each of these products have different levels of active ingredients, so you’ll need to consult with me to figure out what level you need.  Also, when you purchase one of these you’ll also need to purchase an SPF to ensure effectiveness.  I’ll also go over when and how to apply your products when we talk!


Questions? Contact me!