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The Ordinary Mandelic Acid 10% + HA 30ml

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The Ordinary Mandelic Acid 10% + HA is all about promoting a smooth, radiant complexion. If you have sensitive skin and glycolic acid is too harsh for your skin, this product is perfect for you. This unique exfoliating serum is more gentle than other AHA serums, as it features Mandelic Acid, which penetrates the skin more slowly, and therefore is more gentle on the complexion. 

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4.5 of 55 reviews

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Most Helpful Positive

Great introductory acid

Emma

I have seen good results with this product, including reduced acne scars/redness left over from a break out. It is quite gentle so a good place to start for those who have not used anything stronger previously.

Most Helpful Criticism

Slow effect

Jamin

The first few days of using this I didn't see any difference but give it some time and the results will show. My dark pigmentation has disappeared and my face looks brighter and glowing.
  1. Slow effect

    Jamin

    The first few days of using this I didn't see any difference but give it some time and the results will show. My dark pigmentation has disappeared and my face looks brighter and glowing.
  2. Great introductory acid

    Emma

    I have seen good results with this product, including reduced acne scars/redness left over from a break out. It is quite gentle so a good place to start for those who have not used anything stronger previously.
  3. Great!!

    Fei

    I use it at night sometimes, and it definitely decreases size of pores and visibility of fine lines. Just a bit too oily for my oily skin so i dont use it that often. But gives my skin the look of a facial the next morning, just the oily residue isn't great.
  4. Eh

    Sarah

    Have been using not for face as I presume intended but for scars on legs from insect bites as per a recommendation. Unfortunately haven't seen much change
  5. Better skin

    Sarah

    I use this on my skin at night before my moisturiser when I need a gentle exfoliation. It leaves my skin looking plump and helps with my complexion
  6. Gentle yet effective

    Mel

    This acid works pretty well. Don’t expect dramatic changes as it is quite gentle. I have problematic skin and have found that this helps my skin tone and fading acne marks. Skin feels nice and soft in the morning.
  7. Gentle exfoliant

    Rosie

    A super gentle exfoliant. Did notice a slight difference to skin texture the next day. Feels a bit oily on the skin at first. I prefer the ordinary’s lactic acid.
  8. OK

    RS

    I have used this for a few months and found it to OK. Changes to the tone and texture of the skin were not significant but it is gentler than some other acids and did not irritate my skin.
  9. Amazing

    Crystal

    An amazing overnight exfoliant and is a part of my weekly routine. My skin was noticeably brighter / smooth / hydrated after the first use and is even better on sensitive skin types. Would recommend to anyone, especially those introducing their skin to chemical peels.
  10. Great

    Y

    I have only used it a few times but my skin already feels different. I have noticed that my pores have refined a lot, my skin tone is more even, and it looks brighter tan ever. It is also gentle with the skin
  11. my go to for rough skin

    Zali

    i get eczema, on my face and on my body, so my skin is pretty sensitive, and i apply this every third night over rough spots, and when i wake up my skin is so much smoother, and less irritated - also my face is so soft and smooth, feels like i've just had a facial.
  12. Okay Product

    Kay

    I have not noticed a difference in my skin since using this product. I have sensitive skin and this was not irritating, however the appearance of skin did not change. I have used this around 3 times now, so maybe it takes a while to see results.
  13. Nice, mild chemical exfoliant

    Sarah

    This is a great product to use as an initiation to AHA acids. It is very mild and I would suggest, suitable for sensitive skin.
  14. My favourite!

    Leeanne

    This serum is literally my life! I know it’s meant for your face but I have also tried it on my keratosis Pilaris on my arms and literally this is the only thing that has worked reduce it dramatically. I have sensitive skin on my face so I can only use it maybe once a week but i have never written a product review in my life but took the time to write this!! I will never stop using this - EVER
  15. Gently exfoliate and has helped clear

    JUS

    Even as an adult in her 30s I am still plagued with acne flare ups this product has been gentle on the skin while helping to exfoliate on a daily basis after the first month of us I have very few small comedome on my skin as well as the large cystic ones. Deffinately a favourite
  16. Clears up skin and exfoliates gently

    Madel

    Skin type: oily and comedone, PIH-prone skin
    I've been looking for a mild but effective acid for my skin type and this by far has been the best. I use it to clear up comedones and minimize PIH marks. I use it once or twice a week only, at night, after my serum. I apply it all over my face and leave overnight. The next day, my face feels smoother and after 2-3 days I would notice mild peeling which I can easily hide with my serum or sunscreen in the morning. I noticed that the peeling specially happens in my PIH spots, although it hasn't completely cleared them out. I think this is something I'll keep in my routine. Highly recommend if we have the same skin type.
  17. great acid for sensitive skin

    Lily

    if you have sensitive skin, mandelic acid is the way to go! i've been using this for months and have had no issues. love how it's very affordable and also has HA in it for hydration
  18. good exfoliator for sensitive skin

    Katherine

    i have keratosis pilaris on my arms and can't use a harsh physical exfoliator, mandelic acid is the best product for a sensitive peel and this product and it's price point is fantastic
  19. Super gentle, but...

    Emma

    I have sensitive skin and I tolerate this well, but I don’t get results with it like I do with lactic 10%, and I don’t like the oily feeling this leaves on the skin.
  20. Superficial Peel

    Jensen

    This serum is another great product from The Ordinary. It is a superficial Peel which does not leave the skin peeling or flakey, it leaves the skin glowing. Put it on overnight & wake up with super shiny glowing skin.
  21. More For Sensitive Skin

    Anastashya

    This is a beautiful acid, but I’d be more likely to recommend this to anyone with sensitive skin.

    My skin loves AHA’s and is well used to high doses of Glycolic Acid, but for anyone wanting to try out an acid, this would be an extremely good place to start.

    It doesn’t dry out my skin, and if anything, it leaves it super moisturized with the added Hyaluronic Acid.
  22. Alright

    Abbey

    This product is pretty good. I haven't noticed any major differences but it isn't a bad product
  23. OK

    RM

    I have used this for more than 4 months and found that it has helped at times to clear up some areas of the skin although it does not prevent the occasional breakout from occurring.
  24. Very Gentle exfoliant

    Shumaila

    It is a super gentle exfoliant. I have very sensitive skin and haven't seen any kind of reaction (burning/redness) yet. Whenever I see a pimple popping up, I spot treat it and the next day it's almost gone. It makes my skin a bit smoother and softer.
    However, I basically bought this for my textured skin but it doesn't get rid of that!
    Over all its a good exfoliant and I've been using it for 2 weeks. Maybe later down the line, I would see more improvements in my skin.
  25. Leaves you with glowy smooth skin

    Kelsey

    I love this acid, its mild and doesn't irritate your skin and has enough power to smoothen and leave your skin feeling soft. I use it at night and the next morning my skin feels amazing!
  26. Oily

    Diana

    It is oilier than other AHAs I have used. Havent really noticed dramatic results.
  27. Love!

    Jade

    This is a great acid. It seems just as effective as others, but feels so gentle on the skin. I find this one quite hydrating as well!
  28. Great product

    Dee

    My skin is quite sensitive but this product is mild enough that it doesn’t cause any irritation, there’s no ‘burning’ sensation and it makes my skin feel great. The price is incredible too.
  29. Super effective yet non irritating- a repeat purchase for me!

    Jessfae

    Brilliant. Seriously buy it. I use it at night (as does hubby!) and the next morning my skin is smooth and luminous. I apply, let it sink in and then apply rosehip oil over the top before going to bed. I love it so much that i am a repeat purchaser. Make sure you use sun protection the next day though as it does increase sensitivity.
  30. Fav ordinary product

    Eliza

    This is potentially my favourite Ordinary product. It is reliable and when I this use at night, my skin always looks clearer and glowy in the morning. I had no irritation when using and strongly recommend as it is so effective!
  31. Gentle and effective!

    Samantha

    This is the first chemical exfoliant I have ever purchased as I was always hesitant with other acids due to their higher irritation tendencies - until i discovered this!
    No tingle, no irritation, gentle and effective exfoliation that provides you with a clean and soft complexion the next morning!
  32. OK exfoliator

    RM

    This is an OK exfoliator but I feel that it is not strong enough for my skin to get the results that I am looking for.
  33. Light Exfoliation for Sensitive skin

    Tam

    I have sensitive skin and have struggled to introduce AHA/BHA product to my routine (beyond occasionally cleansing with a product featuring very small amounts of lactic acid). I enjoy this product as I find I can use it bi-nightly (if that's a word), combined with a drop or two of the 100% plant based squalane (also TO). I think I'll now invest in a lactic acid soon for a fortnightly exfoliation that is a bit stronger.
  34. Perfect gentle exfoliation

    Adriana

    Had been searching for a gentle chemical exfoliator and as always TO had what I needed. After being on the physical exfoliators for so long I finally realised they were aggravating my sensitive, dry and acne prone skin. I like to apply this just to areas where I constantly break out (around my mouth) a few nights a week and the rest of my face once a week. I think it is definitely helping reduce my acne. Haven't used for a week and they have come back with a vengeance.
  35. Mild but effective

    Laurel

    I bought this as an introduction to acids, and will carry on using it. It feels really hydrating on the skin when you put it on, and sinks in fast. So mild that I can use it every evening with no irritation.
  36. Gentle on sensitive roscea skin

    Brooke

    I asked adore for advice on how to treat my roscea affected skin and they recommended this and a couple of other products which I love! 5 days later and my skin looks so much better and less angry!! Thanks adore x
  37. Mild acid

    Louise

    This was a bit too mild for me, though I have used it overnight when I feel a breakout coming and wake with the pimple receding. I prefer the Lactic Acid 10%, but would highly recommend this to someone with sensitive skin or new to acids. Mild but effective.
  38. Potent

    Michelle

    I have v sensitive dry skin & I find this stuff to be rather potent! Don’t be afraid to dilute at first. I only leave it on for 5-10 mins, then gently massage my face & it comes off like dried glue... seems weird at first but afterwards my skin is positively GLOWING! So soft! So smooth! And no irritation!
  39. Gentle

    Paige

    This is a good way to gently exfoliate especially if you have sensitive skin
  40. Ticks every box

    Chloe

    I have had senstive skin since the birth of my second son and for the first time have experienced dry skin (normally oily). This product didn't cause irritation but I could feel it warm my skin just a little. When I wake up my skin looks brighter and smoother. I love the simplicity of the product, the "ting ting" of the glass dropper and the price. Perfect, perfect.
  41. Change up your acids

    Jade

    Thought I would change up my acid from the usual and give this a go. Great product, very light but does the job. At night I could run my face and feel the top layers of dead cells ball off. Definitely see a boost in overall complexion and vibrance.
  42. Lightly exfoliates

    Alex

    I have super sensitive skin and I've had a bad reaction to acids in the past. Mandelic acid is the only one i can use and it's excellent for a light exfoliation. The price is also unbeatable!
  43. WONderful serum

    Katie

    Okay I've only used this for 5 days and I already saw a difference after the first night I used it!! My skin was horrible - I was breaking out due to period and unhealthy eating - and when I used it the day after, my pores were tightened and smoothed over, my spots were shrunk up, inflammation and redness reduced and my skin tone looked evened out. I will continue to use this, I love it.
  44. good for dry skin

    Katherine

    i have dry skin and can't use certain acids because they make it worse. this is the exception. great product and great price too!
  45. This product is amazing

    SC

    I love this product. I have slightly sensitive skin that benefits from an exfoliating acid.

    This product never irritates my skin and exfoliates beautifully. It is fantastic to use in the evening before your oil based serums and moisturizer.
  46. The best acid for sensitive skin

    Mandy

    I have sensitive skin and have tried a bunch of acids but mandelic is the gentlest one. Doesn't irritate my skin and gently exfoliated. The ordinary is super affordable. Definately recommend!
  47. Love

    Emilie

    I love this product so much I used to have super oily T-zone and ever since I got this product it is lest oily and I have more confidence with my skin. The product I only use at night time before bed and doesn’t dry your skin out so you have to use moisturiser it just takes the extra oils away
  48. Love!

    FEB

    I have fair, sometimes sensitive/reactionary skin and in the past harsher acid exfoliants like glycolic left my skin more sensitive. I’ve used this about 3 times now a few days apart. I put it on at night time, wait about 30mins-40mins to let it absorb and then put my moisturiser on. I haven’t had any yucky peeling or dry flaky patches, and it hasn’t increased my skin sensitivity. My skin is feeling lovely and smooth. I haven’t noticed too much in the way of fading any marks/freckle but it’s only been 2 weeks so really need to wait 5-6 weeks for the skin to cycle to fairly report on that.

    Definitely would recommend as an acid exfoliant for girls and guys with sensitive or reactive skin. If your skin wasn’t sensitive I’m sure you could just reduce the interval time between applications(to every second night Etc)
  49. A great one to add to your mix and alternate with other AHAs

    CATHERINE

    I originally bought this because I wanted a gentle AHA for my sometimes-a-bit-sensitive skin. I didn't really use it much because my skin was able to tolerate lactic acid and I thought lactic was a 'superior' AHA. But then I read a blog by Caroline Hirons where she recommended that we should mix up the types of acids we are using on our skin and not always using the same acid. So now I have put mandelic acid in the mix and alternate using this with lactic acid every few days (and occasionally, glycolic). I now really love this product and I think it's a great one to have in your mix. It feels great to use and gives me an instant glow. Because The Ordinary acids are so well priced it's easy to purchase a couple of different acids to use in your routine (not on the same night, obviously!).
  50. Wonderful product.

    Katt

    I have troubled skin (all the issues! Oily zones, dry patches, scars, discoloured areas,fragile and red as well as thickened skin and large pores),due to health issues and medication and I stumbled across this brand by accident. And so glad I did!
    This has worked so effectively that by the end of one week I have had heaps of comments on how much better my skin looks, and I could feel the changes from the first use. My skin is softer, clearer and with a fresh dewy finish, is even reducing old scars and red rough areas without any irritation. Couldn’t be more pleased.
  51. Gentle AHA with all the benefits

    Atikah

    My skin is combination / oily and acne prone so I have been on the hunt for a holy grail AHA products.
    Countless hours pouring over the web searching led me to The Ordinary's Mandelic Acid 10% + HA.
    It comes in a brown glass bottle with a dropper applicator. Texture is quite fluid and runny and it absorbs very quickly and doesn't leave me feeling sticky or heavy.
    I recommend using it twice a week and building up from there. I am using it on alternate nights and it doesn't burn or itch or tingle unlike glycolic acid products so this is a must for people with sensitive skin.
    I only have rave words for this as it has improved my skin texture dramatically and my foundation applies much more smoothly as a result! A good skin routine makes all the difference and I am sooooooo glad Adore Beauty stock this now as it was so hard to find in Australia before!
    Only con is the product instructions themselves are vague and I would recommend starting off slow and then seeing how your skin tolerates it and going from there. Great for people with sensitive and acne prone skin as I have noticed less pore clogging since using it.
  52. Fantastic AHA for people who are worried about other acids being too strong

    JL

    I wanted to incorporate an AHA into my routine but was worried as my skin is quite sensitive. Tried the mandelic acid and 100% would recommend. My skin is much softer and I feel that my other products are able to be absorbed better.
  53. Fantastic

    Kirsty

    All hail The Ordinary! It is really hard to find products with mandelic acid in them, as companies seem to prefer the other types of AHAs (glycolic etc.). Yet mandelic acid is perfect for people who find glycolic a bit too irritating. It penetrates the skin much more slowly, so causes much less irritation than other types of acids for people with sensitive skin. The Ordinary's formulation is lovely and I use it when I feel like my skin could do with a break from more aggressive AHAs.
  54. LOVE mandelic acid!

    Shannon (Adore Beauty Staff)

    My favourite salon treatment is a mandelic peel - mandelic acid is well suited to my skin type, which leans sensitive and is prone to dehydration. Unfortunately though, it's actually super hard to find reputable products that contain a known concentration of mandelic acid.

    So when I first heard that The Ordinary were releasing a Mandelic Acid, I lost my cool a little bit. I've always wanted to be able to use mandelic acid more frequently, and so far my skin is really loving this!

    Mandelic is fantastic, because it's in the same family as glycolic acids etc, however the molecule size is bigger and therefore has a more subtle effect - very ideal for skins that can react to stronger acids, but still need to improve their skin cell turnover.

    This is a little bit better suited to dry skin types, because it's like a cross between a serum and an oil. It's like a heavier serum that sinks into the skin nearly instantly. I use this twice a week and my skin is already happier - I'm waking up to plump, clear skin.

    A must have if your skin can get dry, and you're not sure which AHA would be right for you!
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