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The Ordinary Mandelic Acid 10% + HA

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The Ordinary Mandelic Acid 10% + HA by The Ordinary


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 you, this product is the perfect alternative. This unique exfoliating serum is more gentle than other AHA serums, as it features Mandelic Acid, which penetrates the skin more slowly causing less irritation, and therefore is more gentle on the complexion. Suitable for all skin types, even sensitive skin, this peeling serum will exfoliate dead skin cells, refining skin texture, promoting a soft and smooth complexion. 

Features and benefits of The Ordinary Mandelic Acid 10% + HA:

  • Contains 10% Mandelic Acid
  • Superficial dermal peel 
  • Exfoliates dead skin cells 
  • Brightens and smoothes the complexion
  • Resurfaces skin
  • Gentle AHA (alpha hydroxy acid)
  • Mild formula ideal for sensitive skin
  • Vegan and cruelty-free
  • Can be used by all skin types
  • 30ml


Sunburn Alert: This product contains an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that may increase your skin's sensitivity to the sun and particularly the possibility of sunburn. Use a sunscreen, wear protective clothing, and limit sun exposure while using this product and for a week afterwards.

All of our products are filled/measured by weight/volume so the product is correctly filled to 30 ml. The packaging does not accurately reflect the size of the fill. However, this is intentional as some air must be allowed at the top for the product to actually close.

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Light Exfoliation for Sensitive skin - 07-01-2019 by

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.

Perfect gentle exfoliation - 27-12-2018 by

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.

Mild but effective - 12-12-2018 by

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.

Gentle on sensitive roscea skin - 28-11-2018 by

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

Mild acid - 27-11-2018 by

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.

Potent - 15-11-2018 by

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!

Gentle - 12-11-2018 by

This is a good way to gently exfoliate especially if you have sensitive skin

Ticks every box - 22-10-2018 by

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.

Change up your acids - 19-10-2018 by

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.

Lightly exfoliates - 16-10-2018 by

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!

WONderful serum - 10-10-2018 by

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.

good for dry skin - 04-10-2018 by

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!

This product is amazing - 03-10-2018 by

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.

The best acid for sensitive skin - 02-10-2018 by

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!

Love - 24-08-2018 by

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

Love! - 23-08-2018 by

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)

A great one to add to your mix and alternate with other AHAs - 21-08-2018 by

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!).

Wonderful product. - 20-08-2018 by

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.

Gentle AHA with all the benefits - 23-07-2018 by

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.

Fantastic AHA for people who are worried about other acids being too strong - 13-07-2018 by

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.

Fantastic - 10-07-2018 by

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.

LOVE mandelic acid! - 28-06-2018 by

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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