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Mandelic Acid

Mandelic acid is classified in the family of drugs known as alpha hydroxy acids. It is a custom pharmacy drug that is soluble in water and often included as a prime ingredient in many medical and anti-aging drugs and emollients. Mandelic acid has antibacterial qualities and as such is sometimes given for the treatment of urinary tract infections, and as an oral antibiotic.

In the anti-aging and skin care arena, mandelic acid acts as an agent for skin rejuvenation by accelerating the cellular process, which can aid in the removal of dead skin cells. This can potentially improve the look and feel of skin, reduce fine lines and growing wrinkles, and enhance complexion. Mandelic acid is also known for having the ability to, in some users, strengthen collagen, which can augment firmness for a more youthful appearance. With so many potentially powerful skin improvement qualities, mandelic acid has gained popularity as a potent chemical peel.


Mandelic acid typically comes in various topical forms such as serums and creams for skin treatment, and as a solution for urinary tract infections, etc. that will be administered by a trained healthcare provider in a clinical setting. For topical use in a skincare regimen, mandelic acid is to be used sparingly and applied only after thoroughly washing skin and patting dry. Consult your doctor for more information on how to use mandelic acid, and follow his or her instructions exactly.


Side effects may present with the use of mandelic acid topical treatments, though many users tolerate it quite well. If you experience any side effect that is lingering or growing worse, see your doctor. If you experience anything that is troubling, feels severe, or that you think could be an allergic reaction, get medical treatment at once. A few of the side effects that could possibly present are listed below.

  • Stinging
  • Peeling
  • Itching
  • Flaking

The aforementioned side effects are often mild and typically only last up to a few days, but as each person is unique, what is mild for some may be more troubling for others. Watch for any and all side effects and see your doctor if you feel it is warranted.


Anyone considering use of mandelic acid is encouraged to see his or her primary care doctor for a medical screening before beginning use.

Avoid prolonged exposure to ultraviolet rays while using mandelic acid.
Avoid prolonged exposure to heat while using mandelic acid.

Mandelic acid is contraindicated for the following:

  • Pregnancy
  • Breastfeeding
  • Open Sores
  • Herpes Virus Infection
  • Abrasions
  • Facial Abscess
  • Allergy to Ingredients of Mandelic Acid

There may be other contraindications for the use of mandelic acid. Ask your doctor for more information.

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