Malic acid, derived from apples and pears, and mandelic acid, derived from almonds, are effective at treating multiple skin issues. Mandelic acid is naturally antibacterial so it fights off acne-causing bacteria. It also controls the oil in the skin, and protects from redness and irritation. Malic acid keeps the skin hydrated while fighting the skin’s free radicals that contribute to skin damage and pigmentation. Natural acids also contain collagen-producing properties that repair and rebuild tissue, softening fine lines and wrinkles by maintaining the elasticity and strength of the skin.
Both mandelic and malic acids are gentle and suitable for all skin types (including sensitive skin), even in higher concentration amounts. The skin benefits from the use of natural acids because of their preventative and moisturizing properties. Natural acids are ideal because, unlike their chemical counterparts, they absorb into the skin much faster – giving quicker and more effective results. The use of other chemicals or ingredients can strip the skin of its natural barrier, causing little benefit and exposing the skin to greater irritation.