Glycolic to Mandelic AcidFrom Mandelic Acid Serum to Glycolic Body Wash, Acids Found in Skincare

Don’t let the word “acid” in skincare products scare you off. Skincare acids are beneficial ingredients. And they are effective for helping you achieve your most radiant-looking skin. Some of the most common are alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), such as glycolic and mandelic acids, and beta hydroxy acids (BHAs), like salicylic acid. Acids are essential for targeting the look of your complexion. But you can also use them on the body in a clinical-grade glycolic body wash, for example. Let’s look at a few of the most popular skincare acids and what they do.

Glycolic Acid
Derived from sugarcane, glycolic acid has the smallest molecular structure of the AHAs. This feature gives it the power to penetrate the skin and break up dead skin cells that can lead to breakouts and blackheads. Penetrating that outer layer of skin also helps encourage natural and healthy cell turnover. Glycolic acid is a great exfoliator that may help diminish the look of dark spots, fine lines, and wrinkles. You’ll find glycolic acid in everything from cleansers and serums to body wash and peels.

Glycolic Body Wash and Lotion
As an ideal skin-refining ingredient, it’s worth mentioning that glycolic acid works well on the body, too. A high-quality glycolic body wash and lotion are great products that can encourage super soft and smooth skin on your body. (Just in time for summer, too.) Look for clinical-grade glycolic products made with other nourishing ingredients as well. Shea butter is a moisturizing ingredient that’s naturally rich in vitamin E and fatty acids, for example.

Mandelic Acid
Mandelic acid comes from bitter almonds. This AHA offers gentle exfoliation, ideal if your skin is on the more sensitive side. If you’re aiming for brighter-looking, smoother skin, try adding a mandelic acid serum suitable for all skin types to your routine. It has a slightly larger molecule structure than other AHAs, so it’s an ideal acid for those with sensitive or acne-prone skin. It may also help diminish the look of redness. A high-performing mandelic serum may help bring out the look of your skin’s natural radiance. The formula may also contain brightening ingredients like niacinamide and licorice root extract. You can also get a facial peel with mandelic acid.

Salicylic Acid
If you have acne-prone skin, salicylic acid (derived from the bark of the willow tree) is your BHA hero. It’s able to penetrate pores and exfoliate the outer layer of skin. Salicylic acid helps decongest pores and reduces excess oil because it’s lipid-soluble. A clarifying cleanser with salicylic acid and tea tree oil is an excellent product to help prevent breakouts and unclog pores. If your skin tends to be on the oily side, look for well-formulated clarifying products designed to support your skin.

Remember: Sunscreen Is Your Friend
Acids are game-changers for addressing your various skincare concerns. The goal is to achieve skin that looks even-toned and radiant and feels smooth. Be sure to research the different skincare acids out there and how they may impact your skin. It’s also important to wear broad-spectrum sunscreen before leaving the house. Sunscreen helps protect your skin from UV rays (the very thing that causes many visible signs of aging in the first place).

About Institut’ DERMed®
If you prioritize skincare, it’s time for you to experience the clinical-grade skincare products created by Institut’ DERMed®. Master aesthetician Lyn Ross established the Institut’ DERMed Clinical Skincare product line in 1994 to provide formulas featuring the highest performing actives and natural ingredients. In addition to retail skincare products, like glycolic body wash, we offer professional-only products, including professional dermaplaning tool kits. Fundamentally, Institut’ DERMed is committed to helping everyone feel good about their skin while looking great.  Dermaplaning tools for estheticians and clinical-grade skincare products cover a full range of treatments for skin brightening, acne-prone and sensitive skin, and skin aging management. In addition to the skincare line, Institut’ DERMed has a spa in Atlanta, Georgia, and offers professional certification classes.