Whether you’re struggling with chronically dry skin, inflammation, acne, sun damage, or something else, the last thing you need is to go through the time and expense of trying a new product and not seeing the promised results.

While every skin condition is unique and treatments will invariably work differently from person-to-person, there are several clinically-proven ingredients that consistently treat some of the most chronic skin conditions such as dryness and acne.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C, also known as L-ascorbic acid, is a powerful antioxidant that can repair and protect cells from harmful free radicals that break down our cellular DNA, lipids, and cellular proteins such as collagen.

Vitamin C also is known to have powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Research has shown that vitamin C can inhibit the activation of certain cytokines, which are small proteins that can inflame and affect the health of neighboring cells. Given vitamin C’s curative and reparative properties, it is often used as an ingredient in rosacea or acne treatments, and other products that treat skin inflammation caused by cytokines.

Vitamin C is also known to work in conjunction with topical skin products such as sunscreen to repair and protect skin. For example, research has shown that vitamin C has promising photo protection and de pigmentation properties, meaning it can help repair and protect against UV exposure. Some clinical research has shown that applying a small amount of topical vitamin C to sunscreen reduced UVB-induced sunburn formation by 40-60%.

Mandelic Acid

Mandelic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid that is commonly used in chemical peels and at-home skincare treatments. Alpha hydroxy acids such as glycolic acid and citric acid are commonly derived from food products like sugar cane and citrus fruits. However, mandelic acid comes specifically from bitter almonds.

Alpha hydroxy acids like mandelic acid have powerful dermal application and can treat skin inflammation, promote collagen formation, and help improve skin thickness and elasticity. Some research has shown that mandelic acid’s physical and chemical properties penetrate the skin’s layers more slowly, making it more effective in treating sensitive skin conditions.

Mandelic acid can be found in dermatology treatments such a mandelic acid serum or peel, and are used to treat certain types of acne or tanning discolorations, as well as promote skin moisture.

For example, in the study referenced above, 17 women were treated with a mandelic acid peel on both cheeks, forehead, and the T-zone in order to determine the effects on increased sebum secretion, which is important to maintain skin moisture. The study found that mandelic acid significantly increased sebum secretion on the cheek area and T-zone, and the peel was well tolerated by the whole studied group. The study concluded “mandelic acids may be considered an effective, safe, and well-tolerated method in ageing women,” and can reduce the effects of dryness, which is regulated by sebum secretion.

Getting the Most Out of Your Skincare Products

Whether you’re struggling with acne, skin-inflammation, thinning skin, or sun damage, you want to make sure your time and investment in skincare yields results. While there are many products on the market that are clinically proven to effectively treat a range of skin conditions, mandelic acid and vitamin C are two highly effective ingredients that are increasingly found in some of the most popular skincare products.

About Allies of Skin

Allies of Skin creates products with intelligent, potent ingredients to deliver powerful results. Their skincare products are designed to work synergistically with your skin to treat your unique conditions. With optimal concentrations that stimulate collagen and elastin, Allies of Skin works to promote skin health at the cellular level, whether it’s through their acne scars serum or mandelic acid serum.

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