GoW Mandelic 10% Serum is a private blend of anti-oxidants, skin hydrators, alpha-hydroxy acids, skin conditioners and a 10% strength of Mandelic Acid. Mandelic acid lightens skin (especially when paired with our Light n' Bright serum), reduces pore size, improves complexion, evens out skin tone and helps to lighten skin irregularities and hyper pigmentation. Our Mandelic Acid is best to be used by those who have oily to very oily skin, mild acne, blemishes, or with normal skin.
Alcohol has been removed from this version for those who do not want the drying effects of alcohol.
More Information About Mandelic Acid
Mandelic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid that helps clear away dead skin cells that have built up on the skin's surface, and because of its smaller molecule size it can also work within the pore as well. Unlike glycolic acid, it cannot penetrate the skin's layers to enable deeper exfoliation, but it can help to refine pores. Mandelic acid has antibacterial properties.
If you are new to acids, use every three days. In total, exfoliate no more than 3 to 4 times per week.
Use on clean skin (skin can be dampened with hydrosol, toner or fruit mists, or it can be dry). Apply a few drops with clean fingertips, then wait 20 minutes before using any other products. The acid will self neutralize and then you can continue with your routine.
The exception to the 20 minute wait rule is that if the acids are very uncomfortable. If so, then rinse immediately and build up a resistance to the acids over about a months time, increasing the length of time every few days. Acids, however, are not meant to be comfortable as they are a remodeling tool.
- solvent Rooibos (red) Extract
- excellent anti-oxidant Seaweed Extract
- moisturizing Mandelic Acid
- improves skin texture
- refines pore size
- lightens hyper pigmentation
- improves skin tone
- excellent surface exfoliant Lactic Acid
- gentle AHA exfoliant L-lysine
- water binding
- emollient Sodium PCA
- natural moisturizer
- water binding to the skin Panthenol B-5
- penetrating moisturizer Sodium Lactate
- pH adjuster Hyaluronic Acid
- used as a binder in this formulation
I've been using mandelic acid for years and credit it with curing my acne woes in my late teens. After trying everything under the sun, including isotretinoin, this was the solution. Now after "growing out" of my blemish-prone skin, I continue using mandelic acid as it leaves my skin bright, smooth and elastic! It is a product for life. - Michael B.