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known as mandelic acid

source bitter almonds

function exfoliant, antibacterial

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Mandelic Acid

Mandelic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid from bitter almonds (P. dulcis, variety¬†amara) that excels at treating the appearance of hyperpigmentation. Its larger molecular weight means its gentler than glycolic acid while still being an incredibly effective exfoliator. Because of its antibacterial poperties, it’s also a great choice for improving visible acne.

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