By Wishtrend Mandelic Acid




Skin Type:

Combination, Dry, Normal, Oily, Sensitive

Skin Concern:

Acne, Ageing, Drynes, Dullness, Pigmentation, Uneven tone/texture, Visible pores

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By Wishtrend Mandelic Acid 5% Prep Water is a mild exfoliator that helps you achieve brighter, clearer, firmer and softer skin.

It’s formulated with Mandelic Acid, which is derived from bitter almonds. Mandelic Acid is an Alpha Hydroxy Acid or AHA, for short. AHAs are considered skin care royalty as they help clear pores, improve tone and discolourations, smooth rough skin and build collagen.

Unlike other skin acids that can be harsh and drying, this exfoliant is soothing and hydrating. This way you get the benefits without the downsides of other Alpha Hydroxy Acids, AHAs.

Why By Wishtrend Mandelic Acid?

This exfoliator contains 5% Mandelic Acid from bitter almonds and is less irritating compared to other AHAs. It also contains Panthenol, Centella Asiatica Extract and Beta-Glucan, which soothe and hydrate so that skin is left feeling comfortable.

Mandelic Acid differs from its cousins Glycolic Acid and Lactic Acid as it’s a larger molecule and therefore is less likely to cause irritation, even when used more regularly. It works more slowly and more gently.

By Wishtrend Mandelic Acid removes dead skin cells from the surface of the skin, smooths rough texture and fine lines, diminishes the look of uneven tone and hyperpigmentation, and enhances the effectiveness of treatment products.

Regular use of this exfoliator also helps to reduce the buildup of sebum, skin cells and bacteria from pores so that that skin looks clearer and breakouts are reduced.

This low-irritant product has been enhanced with botanical extracts and hydrating ingredients so that skin feels calm, not dry and tight.

Key ingredients

Mandelic Acid is considered the gentlest AHA. It delivers the same benefits as other AHAs, but it does it a little slower.

This acid, like other skin acids, helps the skin appear more radiant by lifting dead skin cells, reducing building and removing excess pigment from the surface of the skin. However Mandelic Acid also a specific brightening effect by working more deeply in the skin. It can inhibit melanin production, thereby helping reduce the darkening of spots and the appearance of new ones.

Mandelic Acid also has some antibacterial, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, which may make it a good choice for those with acne or reactive skin. It’s recognised for its ability to help calm redness from acne and irritation.

By exfoliating and accelerating skin cell renewal, Mandelic Acid also improves dullness and dryness. This helps skin appear clearer, brighter and smoother.

Mandelic Acid has been found in clinical studies to have specific benefits for acne-prone skin.

Mandelic Acid’s benefits, however, aren’t limited to those with acne-prone skin and enlarged pores. It also has been tested on dry and aged areas of skin, including in one study on the delicate under-eye area.  This particular study found that elasticity and firmness were improved by 25.4% and 23.8%, while still being well tolerated by those participating in the trial.

Panthenol, also known as Vitamin B5, is more than just a wonderful hydrating and moisturising agent. It has been found to redness and irritation caused by sensitivity or exposure to UV. It supports wound healing and can help reduce the appearance of acne marks and scars. And it helps strengthen the skin barrier so that  the skin is more resilient.

Centella Asiatica Extract is widely valued in eastern and western skin care for its soothing and protective effects. This important medicinal herb has been identified as having the active compounds  Asiaticoside, Madecassoside, Asiatic Acid and Madecassic Acid. It has been found to improve small wounds, burns and psoriasis. Centella Asiatica also has antioxidant properties and is rich in amino acids. This hydrating ingredient can soothe compromised or irritated skin and help it recover.

Houttuynia Cordata Extract is a botanical that contains certain active compounds, polyphenolic flavonoids, that have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. It also contains types of sugars known as polysaccharides, which hydrate the skin and help it hold onto water. Additionally, there’s research to suggest Houttuynia Cordata Extract had strong anti-allergic effects and may be helpful for those with skin allergies or conditions, such as eczema or dermatitis. It can also tighten and tone the skin so that it appears firmer, as well as reduce oiliness.


  • Removal of dead skin cells from the skin’s surface.
  • Skin that looks clearer and is less prone to breakouts.
  • Brighter and more even-toned complexion.
  • Reduction in appearance of redness and post-acne marks (PIE).
  • Skin that looks and feels smoother.
  • Enhanced hydration and ability to hold moisture.

Best for

Suits all skin types.

Proceed with caution of you have very sensitive skin or rosacea. Mandelic Acid has some antibacterial and antimicrobial benefits, however all skin acids have the potential to cause mild stinging initially. Test this product first before proceeding to use.

For the best results, use about 3-4 times a week if you have more tolerant skin or 2-3 times if you have more sensitive skin.

Perfect Pairs

By Wishtrend Mandelic Acid should be used before a toner.

Follow with the I’m From Rice Toner or Primera Miracle Seed Essence.

Apply a serum according to your skin concern and finish with a moisturiser according to your skin type.  All skin benefits from a moisturiser, even those with oily skin. They help maintain skin health, protect the skin and make the skin look smoother.

Good to know

This exfoliator doesn’t have fragrance or essential oils, however it does have a natural scent from the Mandelic Acid.

Introduce this product slowly into your skin care routine to allow your skin to adjust. If you have sensitive skin, you may experience mild tingling when first using this product.

This is intended to be used before a toner.

If using in the morning, ensure you apply a sunscreen.

Cruelty free and vegan friendly.

Warning: Do not use if you have an allergy to nuts.

Brand ethics

By Wishtrend is a brand of the Wishtrend company.

It develops functional skincare products using clean ingredients and the safest possible preservatives.

It combines researched actives with botanical ingredients to create products that target skin needs and concerns. All the products are also developed to be low irritant.

By Wishtrend, like its sister brands, supports a healthy skin function. It chooses the most natural ingredients and leaves out a number of questionable chemical ingredients, including ethanol, parabens, silicones and artificial colours.

It takes an innovative approach to find the next powerful and effective formulas using the safest modern and traditional botanical ingredients to target skin needs and concerns.

This understated brand prefers to invest more in product development rather than big, brash advertising campaigns. It likes to deliver more than it promises, and it does!

Parent company Wishtrend has four key pillars: natural ingredients, clear results, accessible pricing and doing good. It doesn’t make unachievable promises as a company, preferring to achieve change in small but meaningful ways.

Wishtrend encourages healthier lifestyle choices for consumers, advocates cruelty-free testing methods in the industry and supports a sustainable supply chain.

By Wishtrend Mandelic Acid Review

I am in a constant battle with hormonal melasma … and  am always looking for products that target melasma and hyperpigmentation. So when I first learned about Mandelic Acid,  I was very excited and hopeful. While I do not feel that Mandelic Acid or this product have gotten rid of my melasma, I have noted a definite fading since adding this to my routine. Because my skin is sensitive and reactive, I do not use this toner more than 2-3 times a week. I am hoping to be able to up my usage to 4-5 times a week. I believe that using this product more often would definitely make the melasma-fading results more dramatic.


How to use

After cleansing, apply an adequate amount of product to the skin and pat lightly to absorb.

For more intense exfoliation, apply with a cotton pad and gently sweep it across the skin.

Limit use to 3-4 times a week for more tolerant skin and 2-3 times for more sensitive skin.

This product is intended to be used before a toner.

Follow with the remainder of your skin care routine.

If using in the morning, please ensure you use a sunscreen.

Do not use this product at the same time as other exfoliating products, such as other AHAs, BHA or L’Ascorbic Acid.

Store in a cool, dry place away from direct sun.

During summer, you may like to keep this in the fridge.

Use within 6 months after opening.


Do not use if you have an allergy to nuts.


Avoid contact with eyes.

Do  not apply to broken or inflamed skin.

Discontinue use if irritation occurs.


Active Ingredients

5% Mandelic Acid, Beta Glucan, Panthenol, Licorice Root Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Centella Asiatica and Houttuynia Cordata Extract.


Water, Mandelic Acid, Butylene Glycol, Beta-Glucan, Panthenol, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Fruit Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Centella Asiatica Extract, Houttuynia Cordata Extract, Sorbitol, Dimethyl Sulfone, Chlorphenesin, Sodium Citrate, Arginine, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Ethylhexylglycerin, Natto Gum, Carbomer.


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