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Mandelic Acid Serum - 10% Concentration

Mandelic Acid Serum - 10% Concentration

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"I love your new mandelic acid serum. Wow- it gives such a nice glow to my skin!"
Debra M.
 
 
Our Mandelic Acid Serum is a wonderful treatment product.  Great for all skin types, it's also excellent for sensitive skin that tends to be reactive to other treatments of this type. 
 
Our Mandelic Serum has a 10% concentration with a pH of 2.5.
 
Initially, we advise you use your serum every-other-day... at night only... until your skin adjusts to the serum.  Once the skin has adjusted, increase to a once daily application. 

Instructions are listed in the tab below.
 
What is Mandelic Acid?

Mandelic Acid is an alpha hydroxy acid.  Derived from bitter almonds, it has a number of benefits for the skin.

The molecular structure of mandelic acid is larger than better known alpha hydroxy acids such as glycolic acid and lactic acid.  This means it takes longer to penetrate the skin's surface and is much less irritating. 

Benefits

--Rapidly exfoliates dead skin cells and surface debris from the skin.
--Mandelic acid has antimicrobial/antibacterial properties, making it an excellent choice for all types of acne, including cystic acne.
--Loosens blackheads for easy extraction.
--Reduces the appearance of large pores.
--Deep cleans the skin of oil and dirt.
--Refines the tone and texture of the skin for a healthy glow.
--Excellent for clients with darker skin tones.  It does not cause the unwanted, lighter skin tone changes that you might experience with other AHA's.
--Mandelic acid inhibits the growth of melanin, the cause of brown patches, freckles, uneven skin tone and other sun-related skin care issues.
--Mandelic acid, with continued use, can help repair sun damaged skin.
--Reduces lines and wrinkles without the irritation of other AHA's.
--Mandelic is typically an excellent exfoliator for clients suffering from Rosacea.
 
 
 
 
5 Stars
It WORKS!
I use several of MUAC's products, and all have shown positive results, but their Mandelic Acid Serum provided me with immediate visual results! I put the serum on after I cleansed my face. I then put on some Phytocell Renewal Serum (I adore the Phytocell Serum so couldn't go without it). While putting on my makeup I could see my forehead lines were smoothed out, my pores were almost gone, and my skin looked naturally dewy! I haven't had this glow on my face in over 20 yrs! I am 43 yrs old, a survivor of Malignant Melanoma, due to being an ex sun goddess because I grew up on the Beach. I had serious damage from the sun, and now my skin is almost flawless. I started repairing the damage last year with TCA 12.5%, 40% Lactic Acid, Phytocell Serum, Vitamin C & E, Vitamin K, and now the holy grail to my beauty care... Mandelic Acid SERUM! In just a few short months I've gotten rid of dark spots, my pores have almost disappeared, and I CAN go out without anything but SPF on my face and feel proud of my skin. I know just from one use that the Mandelic Serum was the icing on the cake and I am hooked! I order from Makeup Users Choice every other week because their products are the only ones I will ever use, and I use them faithfully. I actually look forward to my skincare everyday. Final thoughts are I won't waste my money on the so called high end skincare products anymore. Makeup Users Choice is the honest, affordable, skincare line that earned my 100% trust. I am glad I can be part of this companies growth, and proud to be a loyal customer!
Reviewed by:  from Ocean County NJ. on 2/20/2014
5
5 Stars
This stuff is the BOMB!!
Firstly, writing reviews can be a little mundane because you have to come up with all kinds of "knowledgeable" terminology to describe a product. In this case, I write the review with pleasure because this product is like MAGIC JUICE! I had horrible cystic, oozing, peeling, scabby pimples AAAAALLL over my forehead cheeks and chin on Saturday (February 1, 2014). Right now it is Friday morning (February 7, 2014) and my skin is clear of blackheads, milia, and cysts. My skin is smooth, shiny, and completely clear. I noticed some peeling as the product warned, but it was like a non-painful sunburn. I used tea tree oil for that to keep me from looking scaly while going out. The peel is designed to take the top layer of dead skin OFF to reveal fresh skin underneath. If your pores have been blocked by dead skin, its possible that your skin may purge a little bit (expelling oils and buildup in the form of pimples) until the toxins have subsided. I wish I had a blog to note all this stuff because there's sooo much to share about this product. I've used SEVERAL of the MUAC peels and this is by far my favorite. I also used the Mandelic Acid Peel. My Routine: Sunday: Mandelic Peel 25% + Serum + Moisturizer Monday- Wednesday: Cleanser+serum+tea tree oil Thursday: Cleanser+serum+ Kojic Acid Serum+tea tree oil Friday morning: Cleanser+serum+ tea tree oil 5 STARS - I'm clear in less than 7 full days!
Reviewed by:  from Georgia. on 2/7/2014
5
5 Stars
No one should be without this product!!
I seldom buy the same beauty product twice, and it's rare that I find a product that I can't live without. This serum has been THE game changer in my skin care routine. I an a 39 year old, African American female, that has suffered from cystic acne for my entire adult life. I have been on Accutane, antibiotics, Tazarac, Retin A, you name it. All of these things works, but I think everyone can agree that using prescriptions for long term acne control is worrisome even for the most vain amongst us. I was willing to try anything and break the bank if I thought something would work. I have been using the mandelic acid serum for 6 weeks. My cystic acne has not reared its ugly head, the hyperpigmentation due to acne scarring is fading and the tone and texture of my skin has improved dramatically!!! I wish I had taken pictures, but I didn't think it would work so well :-) This isn't the only weapon in my MUAC arsenal, but it's definitely the top gun.
Reviewed by:  from New York. on 6/26/2014
5
5 Stars
Superb!
I am a South-Asian Indian woman in my early thirties with a fairly light skin with neutral undertones. I have been fighting acne and scars for years. About 1.5 yrs ago, I was on Accutane and although it did help me get rid of my acne, I still had those large unsightly pores and ice-pick scars. Going out always seemed like a chore because I had to use make-up. While searching the internet for possible solutions to improve my skin, I came across MUAC and after reading the excellent reviews about this serum, I decided to give it a try and ordered the sample. The best $8 ever spent or the best $ ever spent! I do not have enough words to describe how good this is , I am not even half-way through the sample and I can see how dramatically my skin has improved, my pores have shrunk, discolorations gone and it glows from the inside. It really does, or that's what I have been told ..my dewy skin!! I do not have to use make-up. Please remember that apart from use this serum I have not made any other life-style or skin care regime changes. I am a life-long fan and I hope MUAC never ever stops making it. Note: The texture of the serum seems thick and sticky but it is immediately absorbed without leaving any trace. Before bedtime, after washing my face I apply the serum followed by a moisturizer (non-MUAC brand). The first week, I applied it every alternate night. It does make your skin sensitive to the sun so please use sunscreen when you go out.
Reviewed by:  from Washington DC. on 8/13/2015
5
5 Stars
Good stuff
I started using this along with the mandelic acid toner a few weeks ago. I'm currently using it every other night to allow my skin to adjust to it, and in a week or two I'll begin using it nightly. Before starting use of this product, I would get annoying closed comedones along my jaw line and occasionally my forehead. Closed comedones are impossible to get rid of since they're under the skin and don't have a head like regular acne. Mandelic acid is the only thing I've used that got rid of them and prevented more from forming. I tried 3-4 different products before this from the drugstore that were way too harsh on my skin and kept drying me out. This stuff (along with the toner) is gentle, leaves my skin feeling smooth and soft, and actually works. Now, my skin isn't 100 percent clear, but now I'll get a zit or two that will be gone within two days, as opposed to 20-40 closed comedones that stay on my skin for weeks and weeks.
Reviewed by:  from NYC. on 7/11/2014
5
5 Stars
Amazing Results
If you're searching for a product to clear up hyper-pigmentation this is the item for you. I was a bit skeptical about buying this serum because I didn't want to strip the color from my skin. I'm an African-American woman with chocolate brown skin and I have acne scarring that left some dark spots on my face. I know it says to use every other night until your skin adjusts, but I used it every night for a week straight. After I got out the shower I would cleanse my face with witch hazel and then apply the acid serum. After 4 days or so, my skin became VERY dry, but I continued to use it. I stopped using it after I reached day 7 as my scarring got darker and I thought I had made a mistake. About 5 days later my skin started to peel (at this point I was freaking out). However, when my skin peeled off fresh soft skin appeared. My dark spots were visibly lighter and my skin had a natural glow. The skin that hadn't peeled off yet was still very dry which continued for about 2 and half weeks but after it peeled my skin was soft and naturally dewy. My skin hasn't looked this good since elementary school and I'm a college freshman now! The pimples that I had cleared up and as long as I was using the serum new ones didn't appear at all. I would definitely recommend carrying a moisturizer because your face WILL get dry but that's a very small price to pay considering how vibrant your skin will be afterwards. This product exceeded my expectations and I will be purchasing a second bottle when this one runs out. SO SO PLEASED!
Reviewed by:  from Florida. on 3/13/2016
5
5 Stars
Amazing!
Have tried everything from otc to prescription skin care for acne for over 30 yrs. I've even used Accutane and retin-a in the past without terrific success. I will be 50 next month and my skin has remained acne prone. So happy I found MUAC! My skin is finally clear and even for the first time in my life! I started using Mandelic acid 25% peels with positive results about 6 mos ago. I've since added Mandelic serum and Argan oil. Now my magic MUAC combo is using Mandelic acid serum every other night. (It was drying at first, but my skin adjusted in short order). I now use the Mandelic 40% peel once weekly, and use Argan oil at night following my peel. This combo has cleared me up, smoothed and evened out my skin tone for the first time ever in my life. People are always surprised to learn my age. I highly recommend MUAC!
Reviewed by:  from Michigan. on 11/23/2014
5
5 Stars
Best thing EVER
I can't believe I've lived through 15 years of acne without knowing MUAC. I found out about them from SCA reddit. This 10% mandelic acid works wonders because of the pH. The pH is sooo important to make the product work at its optimal level. I had bumps of acne the night before and in the morning they were flat and seemed to heal, just left with PIH. I can't wait to try out their 8% BHA, 30% glycolic peel, and their anti aging products because if mandelic serum is amazing, those will be amazing! I just have to figure out what hydrating serum to use after my exfoliation because my regular moisturizer isn't cutting it with the dryness of exfoliation. Make sure to apply something after 30min of mandelic serum or you will be dry the next day.
Reviewed by:  from Indiana/California. on 10/1/2015
5
5 Stars
Great product
I love all the MUAC products. Amazing results. I use retin A, beta hydroxy serum and a clarisonic to clean my face. I am 46 and have always had to work hard to keep my skin clear and minimize pores. The Mandelic acid serum does seem to dry skin a bit a first and tingles but your skin will adjust. I am olive toned and my skin is very strong and not sensitive. I love the glow it gives my skin. I also use the glyluronic acid serum. I switch things around to get the benefits of all the products. No department store skincare is needed. MUAC is a great company!! Customer for life. Just read directions people and do a skin patch test. Also, they are honest about their ingredients. SUCH A WELL KEPT SECRET!!!!!!
Reviewed by:  from Colorado. on 7/23/2015
5
4 Stars
Faded post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation
I get dark spots whether I pick at my pimples or not. I've been looking for a product that gently fades spots and prevents the development of new dark marks. In less than 30 days I noticed that my skin was smoother and my dark marks less pigmented. Of course the spots aren't gone yet, but this product has proven more effective than the glycolic peels and vitamin C serums that I've tried.
Reviewed by:  from Baltimore, MD. on 11/11/2014
4
2 Stars
Not the results I was hoping for
I bought the mandelic acid serum and toner after seeing it on Youtube. Once I got on the website and seen all the good reviews, I was so excited to make a purchase. After a month of using the product, I feel like it didnt help with my breakouts it just improved the texture of my skin. I have had pretty clear skin up until 2years ago when I got off of birth control. So I have been on a desperate search since to find something to clear my overall skin. It made my skin dry and it seemed to break me out even more. That may be the "purging" a couple people mentioned. But a little over a month is good enough for me. My pimples where whiteheads so I would pop them and they would turn into dark, ugly blemishes. The mandelic toner did make my skin look and feel softer though. I wish it could of worked for me like everybody else. Now I am goin to buy some vitamin c serum, crossing my fingers hoping that works for me
Reviewed by:  from Philadelphia, PA. on 12/10/2015
2
5 Stars
Game changer
I've been on the quest over the past year to fix my PIH and blackhead issues and have tried a few exfoliators. I have oily/combination skin, and I've seen small improvements with Avene Cleanance K (AHA + BHA). I got impatient and researched to see if there is something better that wouldn't break the bank and found this serum. In the month that I have used this, my skin improved by more than all of last year. My face started feeling a lot smoother and the PIH is almost all gone - and I've started to be confident enough to even stop wearing foundation. I read all this in people's review but was pretty skeptical until I tested this out. Great product.
Reviewed by:  from Toronto, Canada. on 3/27/2015
5
5 Stars
Love this Stuff!!!
I use this every other night. First I cleanse my face with the Muac Green Tea/ Pomegranate cleanser. Then I use the Mandelic acid toner to tone my face. And last but not least, I apply my Mandelic Acid Serum. A little goes a long way. I also use the 25% Mandelic Acid Peel once a week. My skin is so soft and smooth.My hyper pigmentation from old acne is fading drastically. And my over all skin texture is improving. I love this stuff!! And I will continue to buy.
Reviewed by:  from Carson, ca. on 5/2/2014
5
5 Stars
Absolutely miraculous
I currently have combination skin transitioning from extremely oily skin. I have been suffering from moderate to severe acne for at least 15 years and have tried hundreds of different products ranging from OTC treatments, to Proactive, to prescribed topical and oral antibiotics. Although some of these products did help, the results were extremely temporary, and I have been searching for many years for a sustainable treatment to clear up my skin and maintain the results. I stumbled upon this company and it's products and I am ecstatic with the results. I first purchased and tried the Mandelic acid peel, and although it worked well I would still have a decent amount break outs between peels. I bought this serum and started applying it every other day, underneath my moisturizer and makeup. The results are amazing, and although I have some dryness that occurred at first, my skin is unbelievably clearer. I have about a 75% reduction in new breakouts and the breakouts I do get heal at least 50% faster. Every day I feel like I wake up with clearer and healthier skin then the previous day. I had almost accepted the fact I would have moderate acne for life despite changes I would make, but this serum ended up being a miracle for me and my self esteem. I only wish I had found these products years ago, they would have saved me so much acne related agony. I cannot recommend mandelic acid enough, it is truly a game changer and I am cometely infatuated with these products and, more importantly, the results they produce. Thank you MakeUp Artists Choice, you saved my skin!
Reviewed by:  from Wisconsin. on 5/10/2016
5
5 Stars
Mandelic serum
LOVE this along with Mandelic Toner. My skin looks bright and beautiful and soft! Lines have lessened tremendously!I will never stop using it! Age spots and sun damage all gone! Dermatologist said my skin looks great!
Reviewed by:  from oregon. on 10/25/2014
5
5 Stars
Answer to my prayers!
When I turned 25 my body decided to make up for my acne-free teen years and bam I was left with a cheek full of painful cystic acne and a headache to deal with! I tried every over the counter cream I could lay my hands on, and even went the RETIN - A route.. with temporary success but nothing to write home about! After much research I decided to mail the folks at MUAC for advice - I was recommended to use this in conjunction with the MA peel and has it changed my face! 4 weeks later, my acne has completely cleared up, the one or 2 zits I get are teeny white heads that dry up the next day! I still have the hyper-pigmentation/ scars to remind me of the horror of it all but it is slowly but steadily fading! Thank you MUAC for such excellent products and top notch customer service! Fan for life! :)
Reviewed by:  from New York, NY. on 1/27/2014
5
5 Stars
Can't go without!
I have seen more immediate results with Mandelic acid 10% serum than I have with any other acne product. After one use my face Was softer and calmer. After 2 weeks there was a visible difference in the amount of closed commodones on my face. Everyday my sk8n feels less congested, clearer and brighter. Very little peeling or irritation. I use it with mandelic cleanser, green tea cleanser , super c and e serum and green tea pom moisturizer.
Reviewed by:  from New York. on 4/21/2015
5
5 Stars
Amazing results!
I never write reviews, but I felt compelled to come here and write about this product. I have oily skin with large pores on my cheeks (thanks to picking on my skin as a teenager), but it is also very sensitive and will get dry and flaky with pretty much everything I put on. I'd tried the beta-hydroxy serum and the gly-luronic serum, but both dried me up and made me superflaky. I decided to give this serum a try a after having read the reviews. I started using it every night and, after a week, there's been some flaking (not comparable to what other products cause, though) but I think it's worth it: this serum has exfoliated my skin in such a way that pores that used to be huge are now shallower, and I can see that one big pore actually used to be two pores that coalesced over the trauma of picking on zits and blackheads. This is an effect that I only got from using a series of 12.5% TCA peels, which are great but also aggressive and only periodical. Some sun spots are also starting to get lighter, which not even the TCA peels could do. I got the sample size, and when it's over I'll certainly order the larger bottle. I am excited to see how much better my skin can get by using just one (seemingly unassuming) product. Simply amazing.
Reviewed by:  from Orlando, FL. on 8/25/2014
5
5 Stars
Great product!
Ever since I started using this, I have noticed a difference in my skin. It has made my skin brighter and glowing. My skin tone is a more even and my foundation works much better now than ever before. I have used Elemis, Obagi, Mary Kay, and Naturapathica and I NEVER saw any results from any of them. I emailed MUAC with my skin type and my goals and they recommended the mandelic serum (and customer service was wonderful. I thought they would sell me an entire new set, but instead recommended adding this to my current non-MUAC regimen). I had been using my current non-MUAC regimen for over 6 weeks without any results, but within 2 weeks of using the mandelic serum I noticed a difference. Now 4 weeks later, others are even commenting on how good my skin looks, and it is all because of this serum! I am hooked on MUAC and am so excited I have run out of my other non-MUAC products so that I can now order replacements from MUAC!! I can't wait to see what the future holds, I know things will be even better with additional time!
Reviewed by:  from New Orleans, LA. on 6/30/2014
5
4 Stars
Good so far
My skin has some faded acne scarring and deep grey around my mouth (I think excessively dry skin/stretch marks from losing weight maybe? The doc said dry skin but moisturizer never helped). I have been using this for 3 weeks now. The first week I used it every other day, and then daily. The first 2 weeks I noticed a big improvement in my overall skin tone and smoothness. It seemed to plateau after week 3 - my skin is not completely evened out yet. I am still purging/breaking out in random spots - but overall better than when I started. Combined with argan oil I find my skin is smoother and dewy. I was afraid this would dry out my skin but it has not. The dry skin areas around my mouth are shedding away. I will keep trying for a few more weeks and hopefully the tiny breakouts stop!
Reviewed by:  from Northwest Territories. on 10/3/2015
4
5 Stars
Wow! Keeps cystic acne at bay!
I have terrible skin. It is probably due to a genetic predisposition. I am of Pacific Islander descent with olive/tan skin with yellow undertones. I have been literally on every topical acne medication there has ever been. I even tried laser treatments and expensive facials. I first heard about Mandelic acid through a Face Reality acne system and through a great esthetician. I really like this product. It makes my skin smoother, more even and with a pleasant glow. I have only been using it for about 3 weeks and it has really changed my outlook at how nice my acneic skin can be. I have to work diligently on taking care of my skin. I rarely eat dairy, take zinc and fish oil tablets and try to drink 3L of water everyday. However, this product helps with antimicrobial properties. I tried the serum sample with the 25% mandelic serum sample and noticed a difference with initial use. I still have cystic acne around my jawline due to hormones but it is so much more improved especially when used in combination with a glycolic cleanser. I intend to purchase a full bottle of this stuff. I definitely like this peel better than lactic and salicylic acid. Thank you for a great product!
Reviewed by:  from Los Angeles. on 4/29/2015
5
5 Stars
Saved my skin
I bought the sample size just to see how I would react to this serum. I patch tested and had no adverse reactions, so I started using it daily, a half hour after I used my BHA. I had a lot of sebaceous filaments, some closed comedones, and I regularly have cystic acne. My closed comedones have almost totally disappeared after adding this serum to my routine. I haven't had any additional closed comedones pop up and my cystic acne has even calmed down. Five stars all the way!
Reviewed by:  from DC Area. on 8/23/2014
5
5 Stars
This Works!
I had tried every OTC and prescription topical as well as oral antibiotics to clear my breakouts which included cystic acne. My dermatologist said the next step was Accutane. I decided to try one more product before doing that. I used the Mandelic toner and 10% serum twice a day and the 25% Mandelic peel twice a week. Amazing! After a week, no new breakouts and now 3 weeks later, my complexion hasn't looked this smooth and even in I don't know how long. What a lifesaver! Thank you!!
Reviewed by:  from Philadelphia. on 3/3/2014
5
4 Stars
Works well for acne
This serum works great with acne, reduces the inflammation overnight. The only problem I had with is that it over dries my skin, also do not put too much on your skin as it will leave dark patches, one application is enough.
Reviewed by:  from Glendale, AZ. on 4/13/2015
4
5 Stars
Mandelic Acid Serum
Great product. I use this every other night to combat acne. Does a great job of removing old skin so my pores don't clog. Make sure to go slowly, like the instructions say.
Reviewed by:  from Grand Rapids. on 1/5/2015
5
5 Stars
49 and finally clear skin!
I am 49 y/o with combination skin and large pores. I have fought break outs all my life since age 10. This serum is gentle enough I can use it daily and it keeps my skin fresh and clear of breakouts. I do use the beta hydroxy serum as well twice a week for my T zone to keep my blackhead population down. I have 4 friends now also using it and they are getting compliments on how youthful their skin looks as well!
Reviewed by:  from Phoenix, AZ. on 9/7/2014
5
5 Stars
Works great
I alternate this at night with my MUAC retinol. It makes my skin have such a pretty pink glow in the morning. Now that the weather is changing, I sometimes put a little Argan oil on top of it. Just finished the sample size (lasts months!) and purchased the full size bottle.
Reviewed by:  from NJ. on 10/22/2013
5
1 Stars
NOT FOR SENSITIVE SKIN
The products states that it is safe for sensitive skin, which is far from the truth. Not only did it cause my hyperpigmentation to darken with only ONE USE, but also caused my skin to become very irritated and a week later I'm still healing from the reaction. If you have sensitive skin order at your own risk, but you've been warned. I do like the rose hip scar cream which I will be ordering again soon. I'm giving this product one star because my skin was doing so well until using this product which has been a major setback in my progress. Very disappointed :(
Reviewed by:  from Newyork. on 1/17/2017
1
5 Stars
Mrs
I started using the Mandelic Acid Serum 10% Concentration a month ago. I have used 40% Mandelic Acid periodically and was happy with the mild results. However, the Serum seems far more effective in eliminating sun spots and blackheads. I am using it at bedtime nightly and I really like how clear and fresh my skin is looking. I am 68 years old, so I am happy to find something to make my skin youthful! I anticipate continued improvement and diminishment of sun spots as I continue to use the product.
Reviewed by:  from Williamsville. on 6/25/2016
5
5 Stars
Great for hyperpigmentation
I bought this for my teen daughter who has quite a lot of acne. The whiteheads go away but as we are south asian descent it always leaves a brown spot that seems to take weeks to go. By the time one goes another one is there and forehead, hairline, chin are full of brown spots. she doesnt wear makeup and not interested in doing any multistep skin routine and usually stops usung things as she doesnt want to be bothered with such things. But it is hard to see your lil girls face so hyperpigmented. To keep treatment simple i decided to try the mandelic toner which i asked her to use every nite after washing face. Then 2 nights a week i myself put on her face this mandelic 10% serum. Wow in 1 wk most of the hyperpigmentation have faded. She had a dance recital and her face looked great with minimal makeup. She still gets whiteheads but hopefully this simple routine of toner every night and serum twice a week will keep her face clean looking.
Reviewed by:  from CA. on 4/20/2016
5
5 Stars
excellent zit serum
I've found all of the mandelic acid products to be very calming for irritated, acne prone yet aging, sensitive skin. If I see a few zits trying to erupt and bring evil to my skin, I use this serum before I go to bed. When I wake up, like magic, things are calmer and healing instead of escalating.
Reviewed by:  from NJ. on 1/13/2014
5
2 Stars
Not impressed
After using the Vivant mandelic acid serum, Muac mandelic acid serum was suggested as a better alternative. I used this in conjunction with their mandelic acid serum and it burned my skin so bad,initially I thought this was purging and continued using it,the burning never stopped and then were followed by clusters of painful pimples that itched. I finally stopped using it and the accompanied toner from Muac and washed my face with coconut oil, the burning has stopped but the pimples are still there. I guess this isn't for everyone
Reviewed by:  from Usa. on 8/7/2016
2
2 Stars
Dull look
It gave me a turn of the century glow the first 2wks then the shine started to fade out like the 90s. LOL No big deal.......I'll try the Apple stem cell serum next......I hope thats the right name for it. Thanks :) ****MUAC Comment: Hi TN... thanks for your review. It's important not to over-exfoliate... this serum *is* exfoliating, so if you are using peels and other products that remove the topical layers of the epidermis, be certain you aren't overly using them and that you are properly moisturizing. Thank you for your feedback!****
Reviewed by:  from WY. on 4/19/2016
2
5 Stars
Great stuff
I have used this in the past as part of a serum...but the composition of this product is so much better. Works Great.
Reviewed by:  from atlanta. on 3/31/2015
5
5 Stars
Mandelic Serum 10%
Miracle in a bottle! I was on every derm prescription and facials with extractions to treat persistent, stubborn whiteheads (flesh colored bumps all over my face, chest and back). Then I read about mandelic acid. I started using the cleanser 2 times per day and a few drops of the serum every morning with Aveeno moisturizer. My skin completely cleared!!!! Shocking results, really. My boyfriend talks about how smooth my skin is, whereas before, I was just embarrassed to show my face. I still use my retinoid, tazorac, every night, and I use the lactic acid peel every week or so. What an impressive collection of products. Try them!! The samples last forever, so you have nothing to lose.
Reviewed by:  from Baltimore, MD. on 1/5/2015
5
4 Stars
Great product!
I use this product daily now. I also use a BHA serum/peel weekly for the extra stubborn acne. This product definitely helps clearing skin but didn't clear my skin 100%. I still love the product and will continue to purchase because I feel once the other peels have cleared my skin this will be a great maintenance product.
Reviewed by:  from Indiana. on 5/6/2014
4
5 Stars
Mandelic Acid Serum
This Serum is awesome. I use the cleanser & toner first, then apply my serum. I can't say enough about it. It takes away those little white bumps & pimples before they can can become anything. It smooths and brightens your skin. The price is fantastic, and I was using LaPrairie forever, and spending a fortune. I'm sold. Getting some products for my daughters for Christmas.
Reviewed by:  from Cincinnati, Ohio. on 11/20/2013
5
5 Stars
Esthetician
I used this in conjunction with a salicylic serum. This serum is a great addition to my skin regimen. I've only used it once and the next day my skin was glowing. I had an inflamed pimple that shrunk nearly overnight. Amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!
Reviewed by:  from Saginaw, Michigan. on 7/26/2016
5
5 Stars
Amazing!
I am over 40 and have combination/oily skin that is easily congested. I am also prone to breakouts. I use this every other night with the mandelic toner. I have seen a dramatic change in my skin. My skin is incredibly soft, no breakouts, and this has cleared all the stubborn areas of congestion on my skin that never totally go away with other products. I have also noticed that it has helped fade hyperpigmentation on my cheeks. I have tried so many products over the years trust me and never had these results. Like other reviews mention it is a little drying but not bothersome. I layer a good moisturizer over it which balances it out. I can't recommend strongly enough to buy this product!
Reviewed by:  from San Francisco, CA. on 4/10/2016
5
5 Stars
Works great
This has worked great for me. I started with the sample in order to see whether or not it would help my hyper pigmentation (I am a medium dark skinned black woman). I tried the product over the course of about 5 weeks, starting by using the product once or twice per week. By week 2 I saw noticeable lightening of marks. The formula is quite drying to my skin, so I have to use only a little and apply moisturizer on top. That being said, I am very happy with my purchase.
Reviewed by:  from Tx. on 3/20/2016
5
5 Stars
CST
I felt compelled to write a review as I am not a fan of writing them. Before MUAC Ove never heard of Mandelic acid. Sure, I know of the others such as lactic, glycolic, etc. When I read it won't cause embarrassing discolorations for darker skin tone I was like why not, since its always been one of my main concerns with every skin care line. I took a chance and brought full sized bottle, not even getting the sample to try it out! And Im beyond impressed! I began as directions said alternative nights, without adding anything to it. Ive gotten compliments from my family and few co workers. When people stare at you wondering if you putting some special "bleaching cream", yet look totally natural ; then one is doing something right! Because of this im going to be using more products from this company who I know about through an unrealted website- a hair blog!
Reviewed by:  from Miami, FL. on 1/12/2016
5
5 Stars
Good bye breakouts
doesn't burn, sting or dry out skin! I feel like it kills the bacteria on my face because since I've started using it, I really haven't had any break outs.
Reviewed by:  from New York City. on 12/12/2015
5
5 Stars
Mrs.
I purchased the TCA 15% Peel and the Mandelic Peel %25. At first I didn't see any changes when I used the TCA %15 and so the next day I used the mandelic peel. It was minimum burning sensation, but did notice that there was some effect. A fews later I began to peel a bit. I used the Mandelic Serum %10 and it made my skin smooth and it appeared to speed up the peeling process! My peel was less flacky with I used this serum. I will be purchasing more!
Reviewed by:  from TN. on 9/17/2015
5
5 Stars
Skin Clearing!
I use this regularly to keep my acne away - it has really helped clear up my skin. I use the Mandelic wash and serum and it has worked fantastic! Much better than any other product I've tried.
Reviewed by:  from Ok. on 7/16/2015
5
5 Stars
LOVE!!
I have been using this product for around 6 months - maybe a bit more. I have combo skin - and have suffered from acne for at least 12 years. I've tried everything - from pills, to prescription topicals - nothing ever seemed to stick/work. I went to a facial place where I live where they specialize in acne - and they made you buy mandelic serum. I started to do it - and i fell in love!! But - their serum was like 60$ - so i bought this instead and it works just as amazingly!!! It helps control my acne - and makes me skin really smooth. I use this nightly with moisturizer. I still breakout - but my breakouts are a lot less!!! This stuff is a miracle - i would highly recommend!
Reviewed by:  from San Jose, CA. on 7/14/2015
5
5 Stars
Serum
off all the serums I have tried..and there have been a lot...right now, I am liking this one a lot. refines, makes my pores look smaller and give me a glow..all in all...a keeper..
Reviewed by:  from Ohio. on 4/7/2015
5
5 Stars
Mandelic Serum
I love this stuff. I have hormonal acne, hyperpigmentation and mild rosacea. This has brightened my skin and I have not experienced any breakouts. I will have to give it more time with regard to the hyperpigmentation. I ordered the full size and have also ordered samples for a friend. If she likes it, I will be ordering the full size for her as well.
Reviewed by:  from Devine, TX. on 4/4/2015
5
5 Stars
MANDELIC ACID SERUM
THIS SERUM IS WONDERFUL. I PURCHASED THIS ALONG WITH THE FADE SERUM AND I PUT THIS ON ANY BUMPS THAT COME UP AND THE NEXT DAY THEY ARE ALMOST GONE!!! LOVE THIS STUFF AND IT DOES NOT DRY OUT MY SKIN
Reviewed by:  from NORTH AUGUSTA. on 2/28/2015
5
5 Stars
Helped my hyperpigmentation
This product helped me with my hyperpigmentation on my cheeks and that within 2 weeks of use, can't wait to see a greater improvement after 6 weeks...
Reviewed by:  from Europe (France & UK). on 6/17/2014
5
4 Stars
So far so good
I have used this several times and it does seem to help control some of my cystic acne and leaves me with a nice glow.
Reviewed by:  from Oregon. on 6/9/2014
4
5 Stars
I cannot live without this product!!! Seriously!!!
This product has been a total life saver and seems to reduce an acne related cyst (under the skin) and/or any bump almost immediately!!! I use this nightly and even put it on any bumps and/or any bumps that I can feel are starting to form... I LOVE THIS PRODUCT!
Reviewed by:  from Houston, Tx. on 1/27/2014
5
5 Stars
One of my Favorite Serums Ever!
Please never stop making this it is amazing! My acne is gone and my skin glows and is so soft it's unreal. It keeps my skin between peels so good and my acne at bay. I'm finally clear thanks to the Mandelic Acid Peel and Toner. With this my pores are tight and clean and I finally can go without makeup all the time. Thank you!
Reviewed by:  from NY. on 10/28/2013
5
5 Stars
Must Buy
I've purchased a few of the MUAC products, some peels some serums, but THIS Mandelic Acid Serum is the most amazing thing that I have ever put on my face! It's a must buy over any peels especially if you are a busy bee like me (full time student, 25 hrs/week working, wife and weight lifter). This products truly gives you the same, if not BETTER results than a peel and you see immediate results. I have had acneic skin for at least half my life (i'm 21) and i've never managed to have clear skin, of course this isn't a magic potion (but it's close enough) and I still get breakouts especially hormonal breakouts, but my breakouts have gone from all over my face to just my chin area, have dramatically reduced in size and my skin feels less congested thanks to this Mandelic serum. Buy it. you won't regret it and you're face will thank you! (also, side note, i gave my mom a sample and her skin glows amazingly now!) This serum is not just for acneic skin! Thanks for great products MUAC
Reviewed by:  from OREGON. on 10/21/2016
5
5 Stars
thank you!
Never write reviews but really wanted to say thank you so so so much to Makeup Artists Choice for fixing my skin! Wish I would have taken before and after pictures but using the mandelic acid serum, mandelic acid peel, fade peel & 50% retinol aternatively have literally made my scars roughly 40% better in just a month. Used to have very bad cystic acne which lead to deep scarring, hyperpicmentation, etc and using these serums consecutively and diligently have helped my skin more than the 4 laser treatments I did!!! (about 600$ I may add) thank you so very much MUAC I really appreciate you and value your amazing products which sell for very reasonable prices! Cannot recommend enough :) oh! & awesome, helpful, and efficient customer service!!
Reviewed by:  from san diego. on 10/8/2016
5
5 Stars
Wonderful
This product, in conjunction with the Mandelic Acid Toner, and 1x weekly 40% Lactic Acid Peel, has transformed my skin.I was suffering from painful breakouts around my chin and neck, and my skin looked dull. After consistently using this (along with the toner), my skin texture is more even, large pores reduced in size, breakouts are almost non-existent, fine lines disappearing. I ordered a sample size to start and within a few days, I ordered the full size, it impressed me that much! Give these products a try, you won't regret it!
Reviewed by:  from CT. on 8/22/2016
5
5 Stars
It works!!!
I love using the serum after dabbing my skin with Mandelic toner they work well in drying out cystic acne as well asfading pigmentation. This is now a daily regimen that is working for my skin and continue to purchase muac products.thank you!
Reviewed by:  from San Francisco . on 6/25/2016
5
5 Stars
AMAZING
This product has cleared up the acne I've been suffering with for years. I LOVE it.
Reviewed by:  from NYC. on 6/24/2016
5
5 Stars
mandelic
Got this for my daughter, She seems to like it, it works great to control occasional breakout
Reviewed by:  from San Diego. on 6/22/2016
5
4 Stars
Owner/stylist
Really love this product! Gently exfoliates skin and leaves it smooth and soft.
Reviewed by:  from GUNTERSVILLE, al. on 6/21/2016
4
5 Stars
Mandelic acid
This is the most amazing product I have ever used !! I am in my 50s and had to deal with acne for the first time in my life This product totally cleared up my acne and evened out my skin tone . My pores have a closed up . I use it every night at bedtime
Reviewed by:  from Boca Raton FL. on 6/2/2016
5
5 Stars
Love it!
What's more than love? Adore? I LOVE it!!!
Reviewed by:  from cleveland, oh. on 5/22/2016
5
4 Stars
Finally something that works
I've used this for about a solid month and a half with the 25% Mandelic Acid peel (once every 7-10 days for the peel). It has helped drastically with my acne- I still get period breakouts (grrrrr!) but if I apply the serum at night, I wake up with the bump gone or noticeably smaller & less red. It also has helped w/ oil control. I have major dark marks/scars from my acne and I'm monitoring those to see how the mandelic acid line works for that
Reviewed by:  from california. on 5/19/2016
4
5 Stars
Will never be without this!
At almost 47 years old I still break out. This serum takes care of little pimples overnight and dramatically reduces bigger ones. Love this stuff.
Reviewed by:  from Texas. on 5/7/2016
5
4 Stars
Wonderful
I have been buying this Mandelic serum for quite some time and I am very pleased with it. It really rejuvenates and resurfaces my skin very well. On occasion it has burned my skin, when this happens I stop using it for a week or so and then go back to my daily routine.
Reviewed by:  from Cambridge, Ma. on 5/2/2016
4
5 Stars
Mrs.
I've been using the 10% mandelic acid serum for 3 months now and I have noticed a definite improvement in the texture of my skin. I have very very oily skin, and every month about 7-10 days before my period I'd get painful deep acne nodules on my cheeks which then would leave hyperpigmented spots on my skin that last for weeks and weeks. Since using the mandelic acid serum I have experienced a dramatic decrease in acne, and my hyperpigmentation has improved. It took some trial and error to figure out the perfect regimen that will provide the benefits without irritating my skin. I apply the serum after cleansing at night, let it sit on my face for a while (10-ish minutes or more) before applying moisturizer and a benzoyl peroxide topical. In the morning I wash my face using a scrubbing brush, and apply my daytime moisturizer and the benzoyl peroxide. I've noticed that if I use the scrub brush twice a day, it irritates my skin. Using the serum twice a day dries it out and it gets flaky. Try the sample size first, it lasts about a month which is enough time to see if you like it or not.
Reviewed by:  from Missouri. on 5/2/2016
5
5 Stars
Where have you been all my life?
This might be the best thing I've done for my skin. Thanks to this and the mandelic peel my skin is softer and brighter than it has ever been. Ever. I wake up and my skin is TIGHT, not uncomfortably tight, just smooth and pretty close to perfect. Old acne scars are fading and my (very) fine lines are pretty much gone. I'm closer to 30 than I am to 20 and people constantly ask how I still look like I'm in high-school. I wish I had this in high school!
Reviewed by:  from Miami. on 4/22/2016
5
5 Stars
Ms.
I have very sensitive, acne prone skin. This serum gives a nice glow, and is only a little bit drying using it every night. I was using it with a new moisturizer, and I broke out in huge pimples under the skin...but I think it was the moisturizer that was causing it. Since then, I have switched back to using my Clinique Gel moisturizer along with this serum, and I'm loving the results!
Reviewed by:  from Calgary, AB. on 4/21/2016
5
5 Stars
Mrs.
I dearly love these products. My skin is so improved. The texture, the enlarged pores and the oil is greatly improved. I recently purchased the 25% acid peel and started my skin test yesterday. Can't wait to see what that does for my skin. Great products!
Reviewed by:  from Panama City. on 4/5/2016
5
5 Stars
Love this stuff!
I have tried many of MUAC's products and this one is probably my favorite. I have acne prone skin and it will hold on to red marks forever. This stuff helps keep acne at bay and over time reduces my post breakout red marks. It does not dry out my skin and it makes my skin really smooth and soft. I would highly recommend this product. I only wish it came in a bigger bottle, I use it twice a day and it lasts me about 2-3 months.
Reviewed by:  from Indiana. on 4/5/2016
5
5 Stars
Excellent Product
I love the WHOLE MUAC Mandelic line of products. This serum is the best! I've been using it for about 3 weeks now. I started out using it every other night to see how my skin would react. I had no problem with that, so I use it nightly now. I have VERY stubborn melasma on my cheeks, forehead and chin. It's gradually breaking up because I use the Mandelic products faithfully. Even with the melasma this serum leaves my face bright and glowing, I love it! With regular use I'm looking forward to having an even complexion soon!!
Reviewed by:  from Texas. on 3/16/2016
5
4 Stars
Mandelic Serum
I was using this in conjunction with MUAC Gly-Luronic Acid Serum with my nightly routine, however I begin getting dry patches. I stopped and now use every 2 days and my skin is much softer and still seems to be benefiting from exfoliation. Read the directions about starting off every other day, you may really not need it nightly as I have found. ****MUAC Comment: Thank you for your review, Kim. Indeed, you don't need two exfoliating serums on the same night. It's always best to rotate them to avoid those dry patches. We're happy you are using them less often. Again, thank you for your review!****
Reviewed by:  from Baton Rouge, LA. on 2/17/2016
4
5 Stars
Love it!!
After a peel my face was left a mess. Acne and more acne on top of acne and I'm 41. This fixed it. It keeps fixing it. I love it.
Reviewed by:  from Aurora,CO. on 1/25/2016
5
5 Stars
Cannot be without it!
I have cystic acne brought on by a hormone imbalance, so most products do not work. I had given up. When I saw testimonials on FB, I decided to order. Sooo glad I did!! This serum at night, Gly-uronic in the day, and my face gets better and better! My skin is very sensitive, soi I cannot use strong acids at all. No irritation, no redness. No peeling. But it keeps the acne at a minimum! It is a non- negotiable!
Reviewed by:  from NC. on 1/10/2016
5
5 Stars
Good Stuff
I have only been using this for a couple of weeks. I use it at night only. Has made a big difference in my skin. All I can is this is great stuff. I love all of MUAC's products.
Reviewed by:  from Birmingham. on 12/31/2015
5
5 Stars
Quick results!
I ordered a sample of this in my last order and all I can say is wow! I saw immediate results. My pores look smaller and my face is less oily. I have been using it consistently for about 3 weeks and I have had no new breakouts since using it! I have been going out without makeup because my skin looks so good. This product is definitely a keeper. I knew my skin liked the mandelic acid peels, but it truly LOVES this serum. I have also noticed a few small sun spots fading. I just bought the full size amount :)
Reviewed by:  from Indianapolis. on 12/3/2015
5
5 Stars
Favorite product!
So far this is still my favorite product from MakeUp Artists Choice. I stopped using it for 2 months over the summer because I was in the sun and boy did I notice a big difference once I started using it again. It is the only product that helps tighten and clear up my pores. It also works on the annoying bumps I get around my eyes and cheeks. My face looks clearer and feels smoother in the morning. I also use it to keep my breakouts at bay. Works great!
Reviewed by:  from NY. on 10/20/2015
5
3 Stars
good
I've only been using the serum for about 5 weeks and I see slight improvements in the dark blemishes on my face. I'm pleased with the serum. I just think I need to use it more often to see better results.
Reviewed by:  from chicago. on 9/12/2015
3
5 Stars
Mandelic Serum
So far this is my favorite product that I have tried. I just added this serum to my weekly routine and wow I can see the difference already. I tried the sample and after 2 weeks ordered the full size. This serum has reduced the size of my pores and is fading my sun/ age spots. I also believe it is clearing my acne prone skin. I have combo oily/sensitive/ aging skin. It is helping with all except I have not seen any change in the fine lines but its only been a few weeks. Definetly love this product!
Reviewed by:  from ny. on 11/26/2014
5
4 Stars
I really like this item.
I decided to get this and alternate with the Retinol .50 at night and I really like the combination and the results I have seen thus far. It is not very harsh on the skin as some acids are that I have tried in the past. What I like the most is that it pushes out blackheads that are sometimes very tiny and hard to extract.
Reviewed by:  from Florida. on 9/8/2014
4
5 Stars
Glow/shine
I purchased the sample size, which does not come with the pump and not shown in the picture. However, It is absolutely true! I used it once at night and the following days it created a beautiful glow/shine.
Reviewed by:  from Texas. on 5/1/2014
5
5 Stars
Permanent Part Of My Routine
Great product. I use this morning and evening. My face is smoother and brighter. A little goes a long way. This will be a permanent part of my cleansing/makeup routine.
Reviewed by:  from North Carolina. on 10/20/2013
5
2 Stars
Didn't work for me
I really wanted to make this work. I tried using every other day for a few weeks. Each time I used this my face would be peeling the next day in some areas. So then I tried using it just a couple of times per week. Still, my face would be dry and peel the next day. I use pretty heavy duty moisturizers too. I also use lactic acid peels from MUAC (which I LOVE!) weekly and I don't peel or have dry skin with those. I think its the alcohol in this that must just be too drying for my skin.
Reviewed by:  from Rochester, NY. on 4/5/2017
2
1 Stars
No differnce
Tread great reviews about this product and thought I would be able to write the same review but so far not good results. I am still breaking out and getting sooo many under the skin spots. I've been having so many flare ups since using the product. I live in London so getting the items shipped over is very expensive. Really disappointed that the recent MUAC products I purchased have not given me positive results. I spent such a long time on the website researching and readin reviews and I was sold. So far it feels like more money spent in products which have let me down. I wrote to MUAC and told them my skin issues and they recommended this. Shame it hasn't given me my desired results. ****MUAC Comment: Sara, our customer service team will take good care of you when they return on Monday. We'll definitely make-it-right for you... Our apologies that this product did not perform well on your skin.****
Reviewed by:  from London. on 12/3/2016
1
4 Stars
Happy with results so far. . .
First bought this as a sample , and it's been a couple of days of using it. I noticed that that the texture of my skin has already improved (become smoother after just a couple of uses. Having turned 40 this year, I've noticed that I'm starting to get more sunspots/hyperpigmentation in spite of avoiding the sun at its peak and wearing sunscreen. Was thinking about trying one of those laser treatments , but wanted to try this first. A little bit about my skin's history. .have suffered from adult acne. My adult acne started at age 28 (thanks to family genes :P), and after two rounds of accutane, and changing my diet (limiting the grains/carbs, and cutting out/severely limiting dairy), it's much improved. However, I still have have some acne scarring (pitting, ice pick scars, large pores). After a couple of uses of this serum, I've noticed a big improvement in texture, pores are smaller, and spots are fading. I bought the regular size , and looking forward to seeing more improvement. Current skin regimen. . wash with gentle skin cleanser (cerave/cetaphil), alternate Retin A micro, and this serum. Also use pumpkin glycolic mask several times a week, and Turmeric + C serum everyday. And sunscreen before going outside, of course!
Reviewed by:  from El Segundo, California. on 10/27/2016
4
5 Stars
Smooth
My skin feel incredibly smooth since I started using this serum. I do take it up a notch by massaging the serum in to aid in exfoliation, followed by applying a moisturizer.
Reviewed by:  from San Diego. on 9/18/2016
5
5 Stars
Awesome product
I've been using this product for nearly a month now. It has helped fade my PIH from acne and my skin feels more firm. After mistakenly applying it over a couple of "open" pimples, it left a dark mark (more PIH I'm assuming), so definitely don't do that! I use this Mandelic Acid serum in the mornings 20 minutes after cleansing with a foam cleanser, wait another 20 minutes, then apply a vitamin C serum, and after another 20 minutes I will finish my routine with toner, sunscreen, moisturizer, then make-up. (Note: I only use it in the morning because at night I use Differin and you aren't supposed to apply Differin with AHAs or BHAs at the same time.) I have also used the lactic acid 40% peel twice and the Mandelic Acid peel once to help with the acne scarring.
Reviewed by:  from Washington State. on 8/22/2016
5
3 Stars
It's just ok
I bought this item based on the reviews. Most claimed that it worked wonders for their acne, but not for me. I have combination skin, and so it makes my cheeks dry and flaky, yet my forehead gets oily again within a few hours after applying it. I also use the mandelic acid peel every other week. I'm sure it works very well for other people, and I'm not going to give up on it, because it does help; it just didn't perform miracles like some people claimed. I'm still not able to leave the house without makeup, I have scars and some active breakouts (which later turn into scars.) It's a never ending cycle of breakouts and scars.
Reviewed by:  from Chicago. on 5/15/2016
3
5 Stars
This was the Standout product of my haul
I bought a whole bunch of stuff from MUAC mostly samples and this has definitely been the best product of the bunch. Mandelic acid is like a better version of Salicylic acid. Gives you light exfoliation and peeling without making your skin feel like the sahara desert or making it super sensitive like Salicylic. This serum and my Vitamin C are permanent staples in my skincare. I'd never think I'd find a replacement for my Salicylic but I did.
Reviewed by:  from Brooklyn,NY. on 12/2/2014
5
5 Stars
Never will go without
So, I got this lil guy about 7 weeks ago. At first, I was using it 2x weekly as I was doing the 25% Mandelic peel 1-2x weekly. At the time, I wasn't wowed by the serum. After tweaking my routine a little, by eliminating the products that were causing my break outs (fatty alcohols) and starting to use a toner before application, my face is baby smooth! Good bye closed comedones!!!! My forehead was so bumpy before and while this product wasn't the cure all, its a holy grail in my skin care routine! I now use it nightly after my MUAC DMAE face wash and toner and then after the serum I apply Sunday Riley UFO oil AFTER 30 minutes (the hey for me is to wait). I've actually found I haven't needed to use the weekly peel in 3 weeks, but since I still have some hyper pigmentation (from my dreaded picking) I might add it back in, in the weeks to come. LOVE MUAC!!
Reviewed by:  from Canada. on 9/10/2017
5
5 Stars
Finally got rid of my acne after 15 years
I had given up hope. I constantly was breaking out, I thought for sure when I hit 25 it would be gone, so I suffered with it. 25 came and I still broke out. Went to dermatologist and they put me on antibiotics, worked fairly well but it was still such a struggle and when I had a bad week my skin would be coated in hyperpigmentation that never went away. I decided on a whim to just try this, I felt like I had nothing to lose. It works. I have been on this for 8 months and went from daily break outs, to having only 2 episodes of very mild zits .... in 8 months. I can't believe I am finally one of those people who found their miracle product. I was always someone who seemed to have extra sebum and needed to exfoliate a lot so I think maybe the fact this is an acid exfoliator, as well as it being antimicrobial is probably really helping me. It stays on my skin all night so it's got plenty of time to do its job. There are times it looks like my skin wants to erupt with acne but this immediately halts it. I am here to purchase my second bottle of it, it's pricey but my first bottle lasted 8 months (once a day use), so it's worth it for sure! Cheaper than my dermatologist visits. I still have terrible hyperpigmentation but I am working on that now, it is nowhere near as bad as it used to be, my skin is finally healing.
Reviewed by:  from Hawaii. on 9/3/2017
5
5 Stars
Pricy but worth it!
I bought this serum to work with my Mandelic Acid peels (knowing my skin could be able to handle it a few days post-peel). It does what it claims and gives your skin an overnight pick-me-up. My skin looks so much better after half a bottle. Would recommend.
Reviewed by:  from D.C.. on 8/26/2017
5
4 Stars
Nice
Yes love this so much clear my skin so much
Reviewed by:  from Queens. on 8/14/2017
4
5 Stars
Ms
I found makeup artist choice through asian beauty reddit. I´ve been hearing a lot about acids and didn´t exactly know where to start. I am African American and have struggled with hyperpigmentation and acne for about 11 years. Hearing a lot of peel horror stories was so off-putting but im really really glad that I found mandelic acid! Its so gentle to the skin and pretty much eliminated my pores after the first nightly use. I use the serum after the toner at night and I wake up with a healthy glow. The lighter acne scars that I had are pretty much gone, closed comedomes on my chin and above my lip have opened for easy extraction. My acne has also decreased and I haven´t had a breakout from this product. I love that this also does not bleach my skin and make it washed out like other products I have tried. The sample size is a little small but it does spread a long way if you are careful. If you are on the border about the product, buy it!!!
Reviewed by:  from Maryland. on 8/14/2017
5
5 Stars
Mrs.
I have been using prescription Tretinoin for many years for adult acne, but now that I am getting older, I am finding it is too harsh- causing too much dryness and peeling. A few months ago I decided I wanted to stop using it, but every time I tried, my skin would start breaking out and clogging up again. I emailed MUAC customer service, described my situation and asked if they could recommend a regimen for me. They recommended the Green tea cleanser, a weekly 25% Mandelic peel and Peptide serum. I have been doing this plus adding the Argan Oil during the day and the 10% Mandelic serum at night. It seems to be working. I have only had a couple minor breakouts that clear up pretty quickly and my skin over all feels less dry. I am going to try the 40% peel soon because I feel I could stand a little bit stronger peel. Over all, MUAC has been outstanding with customer service, quality of products and prices. I started out with small sample sizes and have re-ordered full sizes of just about everything I have tried. I love that you have the option of trying things before committing to a large size.
Reviewed by:  from NYC. on 8/10/2017
5
4 Stars
Its great
I have extremely sensitive skin with eczema and hyperpigmentation. Well the eczema decided to rear its ugly head on my face this year and so I've been dealing with it. Koji soap wasn't really working nor was gow mandelic (crazy thin) serum so I decided to purchase a sample of this and give it a go. I have to say the results, although a bit slow on its own, it is pretty good but it definitely speeds up with using the phytx peel. At first, I was flaking like crazy. Flakes here, flakes there, around my nose - on my nose, and definitely on the places I want it to flake on --m my smiling lines that decided to have eczema one day. Scars are definitely getting lighter and the eczema scars is going to take a while but also lighter. Took about 2 1/2 weeks but now I don't flake much if any and I use it with the phytx peel + 50 spf sunscreen.
Reviewed by:  from MO. on 8/9/2017
4
5 Stars
Karenemann@gmail.com
I can't even say how WONDERFUL this product is. I've been ordering from MUAC for probably 15 years off and on and I have always loved all of your products. They work wonders on my melasma and my acne. After using Mandelic Acid Serum for just a couple of days, my skin is more even toned, SOFT and clear skinned. My pores are minimized and a drop does my whole face. I adore all of the products I have ever ordered but this one might very well be my favorite!!! Thank you for offering cosmeceuticals at affordable prices! I would pay 4 times the amount at a store like Sephora and their products don't even deliver the results your products do. I will never order skincare from anyone else again. Again, I've been a loyal customer for 15 years. As a cosmotologist, I have referred many people to your site and they always thank me for showing them such a good thing!!
Reviewed by:  from Novato, CA. on 8/5/2017
5
5 Stars
Mandelic Acid Serum
What a great product! I had constant breakouts on my cheeks and chin, which left dark marks on my African American skin. This product has helped clear the acne, fade dark marks, and it gives my skin a youthful glow. I'm very pleased! Thank you
Reviewed by:  from RICHARDSON. on 7/29/2017
5
5 Stars
Bye Bye Dark Spots
Makeup Artist Choice. I cannot thank you enough for providing the products that you do! I am African American and have medium dark complexion skin with yellow undertones. I had bad dark marks left behind from pimples that had been there for months. Nothing worked, not even going to an expensive skin care spa - $80.00 spent for no results. I was also using over counter blemish control and creams but they also did not work. I purchased the 10% Mandelic Acid Serum and within a week my skin was glowing and more clear. Now the dark marks are not as noticeable and I can go without makeup (after using the serum for over a month. It also keeps blemishes away and I now have less breakouts. I will have pics soon to show the before and after. But, I had to write this to let the customers know IT WORKS! Thank You Tayna
Reviewed by:  from Kansas. on 7/17/2017
5
3 Stars
Ms.
My skin is softer but the discoloration has yet to improve. I've used this acid for a month now and only use it 2-3 days a week because it's so strong.
Reviewed by:  from Texas. on 7/14/2017
3
5 Stars
Ms.
I LOVE THIS SERUM. When I first started using this serum I would leave it on for about 5 minutes then wash it off. It was still working, but I have better results when I leave this on overnight. This serum will help even your skin tone and get rid of dark spots. I don't think I will ever go without this product.
Reviewed by:  from Washington D.C.. on 7/13/2017
5
3 Stars
I think it's working....?
So I had pretty high hopes for this based on recommendations from friends who used it. I have cystic acne usually triggered by hormone fluctuations and overall I think this has lessen the severity somewhat. I've been using it every other day for about a month. Using it daily actually seemed to make thongs worse strangely! Not the miracle cure many people raved about but I'm happy enough with it to use up what I have rather than ditching it all together.
Reviewed by:  from Philadelphia. on 7/5/2017
3
5 Stars
Good Serum
I have only been using the Mandelic Serum for about 3 weeks but have noticed a glow. I believe with continued use I will see more improvements. Its a little pricey so I'm trying to use sparingly. I believe that the mandelic toner and the serum are a great combo.
Reviewed by:  from Tijeras. on 6/29/2017
5
3 Stars
On the fence
Serum was helpful when applied to a breakout or cyst coming but too much caused dryness and peeling so I applied argan oil. I have been using moderately since I made the mistake of picking my face then applying serum which was a big no, no since it burned my face the left a brown spot so resist the urge. I've only used this product for the last 3 weeks along with weekly fade serum peel. Progress is slow. I'm still trying to figure out if I like it.
Reviewed by:  from Portland, OR. on 6/29/2017
3
5 Stars
Marketing Specialist
Amazing. Working wonders on my skin.
Reviewed by:  from Orange County. on 6/22/2017
5
1 Stars
Too Strong For My Skin...
I'm sure this may work for some but this serum and the acid (because I purchased BOTH) broke me out terribly.
Reviewed by:  from Oakland, California. on 6/14/2017
1
5 Stars
Game Changer
I have never had any skin problems other than the occasional time-of-the-month pimples. But when I begin dabbling in chemical peels, even though I used sunscreen, I noticed my skin had become sensitive and would break out constantly. I began using some "toning" creams that had "natural" ingredients in it to get rid of the dark marks that post chemical breakouts left. I will note that prior to using chemical peels whenever my face broke out in a pimple and healed, it NEVER left a dark mark. So imagine being in my late 30's and finally experiencing acne issues and dark marks. I would like to say, that the chemical peels works wonders for your skin and I love the glow you receive after using a chemical peel but when you remove that top layer of skin, your skin will now be sensitive to things that it wasn't before you began using peels aka the sun. Fast forward...after searching high and low, I tried this serum sporadically. But it wasn't until I purchased and used consistently the mandelic toner and serum that I begin seeing drastic results. The fine lines that were creeping up on my forehead have gone away. The dark marks on my face have begun to fade. I will say, that when I first used the mandelic toner, I felt like my spots were darker. But usually in a day or so, the mark starts to fade. I just purchased my first bottle of this serum after surviving off the sample bottles lol. I really can't foresee being without this serum and toner. MUAC never stop selling this product and don't change the formula and you got yourself a customer for life :) If it helps someone, I am an medium to dark brown African American woman.
Reviewed by:  from Unknown. on 6/5/2017
5
5 Stars
Excellent ????
Wish I new about this product years ago but it's never too late, am seeing results with the dark spot on my arms still working on my legs.
Reviewed by:  from houston. on 5/6/2017
5
5 Stars
Mandelic Serum
Me encanta este producto , es muy bueno para el acne y para las lineas de expresión
Reviewed by:  from Santiago Chile. on 5/3/2017
5
5 Stars
LIFE SAVER
I purchased a sample and I'm coming back for the full size! I used this every night, except for one, and I had a few pimples in the morning. This serum is so good it keeps my acne gone! Like no new pimples in the first week I used it. Nothing has helped me this good before. I even used it after a 40% mandelic peel and no irritation, only a little tightness which moisturizer cured. Time will tell if it helps with my sever hyper pigmentation, but this is promising!
Reviewed by:  from Texas. on 4/10/2017
5
5 Stars
Great for acne
I tend to have white heads on my face. Since I started using this product, the white heads have disappeared. I did get sick for 10 days & wasn't using it, just washing my face & using moisturizer. When I got better, my white heads came back. So, I know that it's this product that helps my skin stay clear.
Reviewed by:  from Las Vegas. on 4/4/2017
5
5 Stars
rec., playground specialist
I love the way my skin looks and feels using this. I've been using it for over a year, it has made a difference keeping my skin young looking!
Reviewed by:  from san diego. on 4/1/2017
5
3 Stars
Too drying
I have used this product for about two weeks now. Although I like it, I will not be able to use it as it is too drying and makes my skin "leathery". It feels like the next day after a TCA peel. Putting a thick moisturiser doesn't help as it doesn't get absorbed into the skin as it stays on top of this leathery skin.
Reviewed by:  from Amsterdam. on 3/18/2017
3
5 Stars
Glow for days
I am 33 yo and white. My skin is oily, acne prone and freckle prone. I use this serum each morning. This serum makes my skin so bright. It has helped erase freckles and keeps my skin super smooth. Glycolic and lactic acids help me, but mandelic really brings my skin to the next level. I think it's important to try a variety of acids to determine which one helps your skin the most. I'm so glad I found this product. My derm even commented on how great my skin looked. For my freckle fading, I also use the 25% mandelic peel once or twice a week. I also use sunscreen and a vit c and e serum daily. Those last two are musts or else the freckles will keep coming back.
Reviewed by:  from New Orleans. on 3/15/2017
5
5 Stars
T.S.
I've got good skin on my face and I'm happy with my upkeep there. However I'd just about given up on the dark spots on my body (back, butt, knees, elbows ) and my dark underarms. Nothing worked! I tried so many things.. some left me worse off. I decided to check MUAC and look again... boy and I glad I did. I've only used this serum about at week... a drop on each underarm and already I see improvement! i also see improvement on my butt cheeks and lower back. Some jeans I wore irritated my lower back and my scratching caused dark spots. They just about gone after one week! I get dark spots very easily! I'm ordering more of this and I'm ordering some body peel. My knees look better and I'm going to try the fade peel next. Thanks to MUAC I'm going to have great skin from head to toe!
Reviewed by:  from Dark spots and underarms. on 3/15/2017
5
5 Stars
Wowzers!
This stuff makes my face feel smooth and super soft! A must have!
Reviewed by:  from Cleveland . on 3/5/2017
5
5 Stars
Ms.
This is an excellent product. I use it in conjunction with the mandelic acid peel and the fade peel and fade serum alternating weeks.
Reviewed by:  from Austin. on 2/18/2017
5
5 Stars
mrs
i have been using this product since it came out and it has never failed me, it does what it promises. my holy grail period
Reviewed by:  from Los Angeles. on 2/18/2017
5
5 Stars
Excellent daily skin routine
As always this serum is part of my nightly routine. I pair this with a biweekly mandelic acid treatment. My skin stays smooth soft and without acne breakouts and blemishes. Without it I have hormonal acne that leaves scars. Super good stuff!
Reviewed by:  from Illinois . on 2/15/2017
5
5 Stars
Wow!! Amazing results from this serum!
I just love what this serum has done to my skin!! It took my dull lifeless looking skin and made it more radiant than its been in years. I have people tell me how beautiful my complexion is and I love it!! Thanks muac!!
Reviewed by:  from Utah. on 2/15/2017
5
5 Stars
ms
love it getting ready to buy full size.
Reviewed by:  from nokomis fl. on 2/1/2017
5
5 Stars
Very good
I like the simplicity of the packaging, and can feel the serum working. It's gentle enough, but effective. A nice basic natural addition to help skin.
Reviewed by:  from Southern Oregon. on 1/29/2017
5
5 Stars
Love
I love this serum.gentle enough that I don't peel. Does dry my skin out a tad , but the results are amamzing.
Reviewed by:  from helotes. on 1/17/2017
5
5 Stars
Great Product
This product is amazing! I saw results with my very first application - my skin appeared clear and smooth and pores were minimized. I am 59 years old and have been trying a lot of products to shrink or get rid of sebaceous cysts on my face. My dermatologist used a laser - but they came back. Many other products I tried and nothing worked - but this product has almost gotten rid of them. You can barely see them - I am confident with continued use they will be gone! Thank you MUAC!
Reviewed by:  from Virginia. on 1/8/2017
5
5 Stars
I'll never go without again!!
I've never found a product before that I couldn't live without. This easily became one! I have cystic acne and scarring and the results in just 2 weeks is UNBELIEVABLE! My scarring/hyper-pigmentation is well on it's way to being gone and I can't wait to show update pictures :)
Reviewed by:  from IL. on 1/6/2017
5
5 Stars
WILL NEVER LIVE WITHOUT THIS
I have been using this for a couple years and recently stopped - never again! This stuff is so amazing and the absolute best. I love applying this before bed. I use this and then afterwards an AHA lotion. My skin stays clear and my pigmentation stays even. Love!!!!
Reviewed by:  from Phoenix. on 12/20/2016
5
4 Stars
works well
works well I need to order a bigger bottle to get the full effects
Reviewed by:  from New Orleans, La.. on 12/19/2016
4
5 Stars
Great Results
This serum helps keep my face clear. It's colorless and has a great slip to it. You don't need much to apply all over your face. I was hooked after a couple times using it. It's part of my daily regimen now. You won't be disappointed!
Reviewed by:  from Austin, TX. on 12/16/2016
5
5 Stars
Noticing improvement
I've been using this product for a few weeks and am already noticing an improvement in the texture of my skin. It seems smoother and firmer. I am using it every evening and haven't experienced any irritation. I use the Niacinamide serum in the morning after cleansing and this at night. I'm very satisfied so far!
Reviewed by:  from Van Nuys. on 12/8/2016
5
5 Stars
Skin looks smooth
Love this serum, it makes my 60 year old skin looks smooth and free of sun damage
Reviewed by:  from Richland. on 12/5/2016
5
5 Stars
Great!
i use this along with my mandelic acid toner and the mandelic acid peel (going between 25% and 40%). i love it, i am a black woman with hyperpigmentation and it is helping with the overall texture of my skin (so smooth!) and my discoloration is fading, slowly, but surely. i am going to try other peels to see if that helps.
Reviewed by:  from New Orleans, Louisiana. on 12/5/2016
5
5 Stars
Best serum ever
This is a miracle serum! It is my new holy grail and I will never be without it. I apply one dropper full every night before bed, and I wake up with smooth, polished, clear, glowing skin every morning. I've used other chemical exfoliating products from Paula's Choice and Biologique Recherche, both of which were too harsh for my skin and left me with little red bumps every day. This mandelic acid serum is gentle on my skin and causes no irritation, and only provides beautiful, glowing, refreshed skin. I just ordered another bottle, I cannot recommend this product enough.
Reviewed by:  from USA. on 11/29/2016
5
5 Stars
Wonderful serum!
Already I can tell this serum is having an effect on my hyperpigmentation. It definitely exfoliates, but gently, such that I can use it every day now. The first few times I used it it stung a little and a few days afterward I had flaky patches where it was exfoliating a lot. Now I'm adjusted and I continue to see steady improvement in my HPI, which I haven't experienced with any other product. Certainly not one that I can use daily! Will definitely re-purchase!
Reviewed by:  from Santa Barbara. on 11/13/2016
5
5 Stars
Great!
Made my face smoother, cleared, and zapped acne on the spot.
Reviewed by:  from Alberta. on 11/6/2016
5
5 Stars
A serum that does what it says it will do!
I have only used this for a couple of weeks on and off...but I can already see a difference in my skin tone. The glow that so many reviewers mention- YES this serum gave me that glow. I will continue to use and purchase. Love the MUAC products, wish I would have been aware of them years ago because I would have saved myself a fortune!
Reviewed by:  from Aus. on 9/20/2016
5
5 Stars
Love this!
I love this serum! I added this to my routine after I'd been using the mandelic/salicylic acid peel and I noticed even more fading of my hyperpigmentation. I did notice that it will make your skin a little dry but, it's nothing that cant be tamed with a little moisturizer or oil.
Reviewed by:  from NC. on 8/9/2016
5
2 Stars
It wasn't for me
Didn't have the amazing power as the gly-luronic acid serum but that's ok. After a week and a half of this, I reordered the gly-luronic acid serum. Love the mandelic acid cleanser and toner, but this serum really did nothing for me but dry my skin out and my adult acne came back. I'm sure it's fabulous for others though. Not sad since it was part of my testimonial care package so I am not out any money. Love MUAC's products.
Reviewed by:  from Seymour, IN. on 5/26/2016
2
4 Stars
Good product
I received a sample of this so I haven't used it a TON, but from what I can tell, nothing dramatic it does make my skin brighter and smoother. Used in conjunction with 25% mandelic acid peel. Would recommend
Reviewed by:  from NYC. on 12/9/2015
4
5 Stars
This Serum is Magical!
I call it my magic serum! I'm pretty sure my face gets clearer and better after every night that I use it! It seems to exfoliate dead skin fairly well and help a bit with my acne. My pores appear a lot smaller immediately after applying it and in general just makes my face look great! It's probably my #1 favorite product from MUAC. I highly recommend this serum!
Reviewed by:  from SC, USA. on 8/11/2015
5
5 Stars
Manager
Great product. Helps fade dark spots and light enough to wear every day.
Reviewed by:  from Utah. on 8/10/2015
5
5 Stars
Amazing
This Mandelic Serum is amazing! I can't believe what a difference it's made in my skin. Not only am I glowing but but acne has significantly improved! This is my new holy grail product!
Reviewed by:  from Aliso Viejo, California . on 7/7/2015
5
5 Stars
AMAZING!!! Wonders
I purchased this product along with 40% glycolic peel and tea/pomegranate face wash & toner. i used daily every night. it worked instantly. i could feel the different obviously with the help of the peels. but overtime is has diminished my acne now i have scars that i have to work with. overall its powerful and the 2dr little bottle last me longer than a month. a little does go along way.
Reviewed by:  from Los Angeles, CA. on 11/21/2014
5
5 Stars
Another winner
As with all the muac products this is another great !! My only regret is not finding this skincare sooner, thanks for supplying it.
Reviewed by:  from Tasmania Australia. on 11/10/2014
5
4 Stars
Great exfoliator
This acts as my exfoliator every night. It does everything an exfoliator should do, but has also helped reduce some wrinkling on my forehead and tighten my pore. I tried the 25% Mandelic acid which seems to be more popular, but it's honestly too harsh for me, so I think I'll be sticking with this in the meantime.
Reviewed by:  from Canada. on 10/3/2014
4
5 Stars
Works well
This seems to work well. It works along with the cleanser, the toner and the peel.
Reviewed by:  from US. on 8/8/2014
5
5 Stars
Love it!
This is an amazing serum. I used to use "retin A" but I no longer have to for acne after I started using this product. It is strong and I use it every other day because it is drying but my skin looks incredible and my pores are so small. I have melasma and that is fading as well. I couldn't be happier!
Reviewed by:  from Los Angeles. on 7/26/2014
5
5 Stars
RN
I love using this as a spot treatment
Reviewed by:  from Omaha. on 7/5/2014
5
5 Stars
GLOWING SKIN
This is the first acid product I have ever used and I loved it. I used it every day for a week and by the beginning of the week I already had compliments that my skin looked great. It didn't burn or irritate my skin and I have very sensitive skin. I will def continue to purchase this as an everyday product. It leaves skin very smooth. I have recently started using the 25% Mandelic Acid Peel, also.
Reviewed by:  from Toronto, Canada. on 6/17/2014
5
5 Stars
Great
This is super gentle on my skin. Love it. Have been wanting to buy MUAC products for some time it was just the freight cost putting me off. Products are great , I'm going to try more.
Reviewed by:  from Australia . on 6/11/2014
5
5 Stars
Beautiful Skin Result
It's everything one might want for a beautiful skin result...I love all your items and have recommended them to all my female friends...
Reviewed by:  from Manchester,NH. on 5/5/2014
5
5 Stars
Awesome
The Mandelic Acid Serum has done wonders for my skin. I use the whole Mandelic line (cleanser, toner and the serum) and love the products. My acne has nearly gone away. I alternate the serum every other night and use the Argan Oil instead!! LOVE MUAC!
Reviewed by:  from Melbourne, FL. on 5/4/2014
5
5 Stars
It really works
Leaves skin bright and smooth. Took a month using it and I just had 1 outbreak of acne instead of 3 or 4 normally had. I love the texture of my skin and how healthy it looks.
Reviewed by:  from Puerto Rico. on 4/30/2014
5
5 Stars
i like it
I like the fact that when i put it on at night my pores almost completely disappear and my skin looks glowly i am not sure if it has any prolonging effects/ I have also been using pro active so i switch back and forth from it. I do love the feeling of it. So give it a try
Reviewed by:  from california. on 4/30/2014
5
4 Stars
Love this stuff
Love this stuff. I enjoyed my generic Retin A but didn't want to pay the price nor did I want to deal with all the chemicals (parabens). This does a great job at keeping my acne at bay.
Reviewed by:  from ohio. on 3/24/2014
4
5 Stars
LOVE!!!!!
I bought the Mandelic Acid Serum 10% about 2 weeks ago, I have been alternating nightly with the retinol .30%, and using the Mandelic Acid Cleanser and Toner. After only 2 weeks of using the combination of these 4 things, I have noticed a big change in my skin! Acne scars haven't went away but I can tell they are slowly diminishing. Any skin care regimen takes about 6-10 weeks before progress is noticed.. be patient!! These are all awesome products!
Reviewed by:  from North MS. on 2/19/2014
5
5 Stars
Great for acne
My teenage son uses this every night and it has really helped his face. Great for pimples and texture!
Reviewed by:  from Phoenix. on 1/27/2014
5
5 Stars
Wonderful for sensitive skin
As I grow older my skin becomes more sensitive to many products. I have found all the Mandelic products to be very soothing to my skin. Not only do they keep my skin clear, they also have a soothing quality. I love the way my skin looks after each use.
Reviewed by:  from Memphis, Tennessee. on 1/25/2014
5
5 Stars
Incredible
I love this serum...light and non-irritating and it works. I use it almost daily and my skin looks and feels incredible.
Reviewed by:  from Dallas. on 11/5/2013
5
5 Stars
Smooth
I have noticed my skin smoother and healthier looking. The combination of this product with the mandelic cleanser is improving my skin!
Reviewed by:  from Virginia. on 10/25/2013
5

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