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is a superficial chemical peel. It acts on the upper horny layer of skin without affecting the translucent layer. Its main component is mandelic, 2-hydroxy-2-phenylacetic, or phenylglycolic acid which belongs to alpha-hydroxy (fruit) acids and is prepared by hydrolysis of bitter almond extract.

This acid diffuses into the skin tissues in significantly smaller amounts than other alpha-hydroxy acids, and this is why mandelic peel is considered one of the most sparing treatments, just like lactic peel. It is suitable for all skin types, including hypersensitive and delicate skin. Moreover, it can be used in summer since the risk of after-treatment hyper pigmentation is minimal. 

Mandelic peel helps treating: 

1. Acne and rosacea; 
2. Folliculitis; 
3. Post acne and oily seborrhea; 
4. Comedones (blackheads); 
5. Minor expression wrinkles; 
6. Skin cover imperfections; 
7. Low skin tonus and tightness; 
8. Pigment spots, freckles, uneven complexion; 
9. Insufficient microcirculation in skin covering; 
10. Enlarged pores. 

This type of peel is also widely used to prepare skin for laser resurfacing and medium chemical peel since it has a bacteriostatic and anti-inflammatory effect. 

There are several contraindications to mandelic peel: 

1. Allergic reactions to any component of mandelic peel; 
2. Open sores, abrasions, inflamed abscess on face; 
3. Recurrence of herpes virus infection; 
4. Prolonged exposure to ultraviolet rays; 
5. Heat; 
6. Pregnancy and lactation. 



Advantages of Mandelic Peel: 

Mandelic acid may be perfect for those with glycolic and retinoic acid intolerance, since all procedures with these acids are recommended for similar skin treatment (enlarged pores, acne, oily seborrhea, hyper pigmentation, signs of photo- and biological aging). 
In comparison with other fruit acids, mandelic acid is less prone to cause such complication as post inflammatory hyper pigmentation. 

In comparison with other alpha-hydroxy acid treatments, peels with phenylglycolic (mandelic) acid are better endured by patients due to lack of discomfort and pains. 
Mandelic peel is possible in summertime because it has no photosensitizing effect and actively inhibits melanogenesis. However, you should use sunscreen with minimal SPF 30 on a daily basis. So if you are not too keen on precautiousness, it is better to avoid peels in summertime. 

Absence of edema and hyperemia is considered a significant advantage of mandelic peel. If after peels with other fruit acids you have to stay at home for a while, mandelic peel allows going out right away. 
Mandelic acid peel can be applied on hands and décolleté. 

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