Dr Wu – Mandelic acid & Hylauronic Acid range

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If almonds are you for your body – they’re good for your face too. Mandelic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid derived from bitter almonds.

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A mandelic acid peel contains the AHA mandelic acid, which is derived and extracted from bitter almonds. However, it differs from glycolic and lactic acids in that its molecules are larger and do not penetrate the skin as deeply. As a result, there is less overall irritation when compared with other AHAs, which is beneficial for those who have sensitive skin that is prone to inflammation. In addition, mandelic acid has an antibacterial effect on the skin, which makes it a viable choice for those with acne-prone skin who want to have a chemical peel but are worried about clogged pores and irritation as a result. Love it already right?

So guess what:
Dr WU is Taiwan’s No. 1 clinical skincare brand, and they have cemented their reputation as the top beauty and skincare brand for skin renewal since 2011 with the launch of their popular Intensive Renewal Serum with Mandelic Acid 18%. The first-of-its-kind to enable consumers to experience the same skin renewal treatment at a dermatologist’s office at the comfort of their own homes, the Serum had won numerous beauty awards both in Taiwan and overseas, and sold at a staggering rate of one bottle per 15 seconds. Sounds good? Read onCIMG0075

DR. WU has recently revised and enhanced the formula to launch the Renewal Serum with Mandelic Acid that is targeted at consumers with dry or sensitive skin. With the golden ration of 5:2:1 of Mandelic Acid, Salicylic Acid and Pyruvic Acid, the new formula is milder on the skin, can penetrate deeper into the skin layers and delivers faster results in skin renewal.

Used regularly DR. WU Renewal Serum with Mandelic Acid can effectively resolve skin problems such as acne, blackheads, enlarged pores and skin dullness to restore smooth and flawless skin.2017-05-17 11.51.51

Mandelic acid is the undisputed choice ingredient for at-home skin renewal.

  • The macromolecular structure of the mandelic acid is closer to our skin structure than the commonly-used glycolic acid. So, it is readily absorbed.
  • Mandelic acid is milder than azalea acid and/or other fruit acids.
  • Mandelic acid offers low or no irritation to our skin.
  • Mandelic acid can assist in faster and more effective metabolism of the dead skin cells.

After three years of intense research and testings, DR. WU clinical skincare research team, headed by Dr. Wu, has developed the all-new and enhanced Renewal Serum with Mandelic Acid to cater to the needs of consumers with dry and/or sensitive skin. Comprising the revolutionary golden ratio of 5% Mandelic Acid, 2% Salicylic Acid and 1% Pyruvic Acid, the new formulation can deliver an even more all-rounded skin renewal.

  • Mandelic Acid works effectively on the top skin layer, exfoliating the aged or dead skin cells gently.
  • Salicylic Acid aids in cleaning pores, clearing out the whiteheads and pimples.
  • Pyruvic Acids can penetrate into deeper layers of the skin, helping with correcting dullness and resulting in smooth and radiant skin.

The Renewal Serum with Mandelic Acid also includes other ingredients such as ABS Desert Blend and Pentavitin which helps in providing long-term hydration to the skin and rectifying conditions such as dry and flaking skin. So technical right? hahahaha

  1. Dr.WU Mandelic Renewal System utilizes the proprietary Dermo-Cells Renewal Technology to achieve five main beauty effects:
  2. Renewal of skin cells – gentle exfoliation of dead skin cells for smooth and fine skin
  3. Cleansing of pores – deep-layer repair to tighten pores
  4. Clearing of white heads – cleansing of the sebum to reduce formation of white heads
  5. Skin brightening – rectify dullness to reveal radiant skin
  6. Firming and anti-wrinkle – anti-aging properties for smooth and soft skin
[Renewal Serum with Mandelic Acid] 15ml / SGD 44.90

The ALL NEW gentle formula combines Three Acids in the perfect 5:2:1 Golden Ratio of Mandelic Acid, Salicylic Acid and Pyruvic Acid to penetrate deeper and faster for immediate skin regeneration! This breakthrough mild formula targets all epidermal layers with precision to eliminate skin troubles in one simple step — say bye-bye to acne, blackheads, enlarged pores and rough dullness! Take your skincare to a new level and restore flawless and smooth skin.

[Intensive Renewal Serum with Mandelic Acid 18%] 15ml / SGD 50.40

Intensive Renewal Serum With Mandelic Acid 18% is a revolutionary home spa facial treatment using several patented technologies and ingredients to refine skin texture, diminish fine lines and improves skin elasticity and firmness.

Available at WATSONS :) Oon Shu Ann not included lolol


Masego Mandelic Acid Medi Grade Peel

Masego’s MANDELIC REJUVENATION PEEL – and promo below

Mandelic Acid is anti bacterial .Derived from  bitter almonds ;it contains antibacterial properties and improves acne, abnormal pigmentation and photo damaged skin. It’s use often as an AHA peel and is less harmful to what dermatologist have been using in the past.

The good news is! Mandelic peels are now available in Singapore. Here’s my review on the medical graded Mandelic Rejuvenating Peel available at Masego The Safra Spa.

Read my previous post of Masego here:

How It Works

Mandelic Acid is used to treat a variety of skin issues including photo aging, acne, rosacea and other pigmentation disorders. It has a pH of 3.4 and is strong enough to produce a mild exfoliation, but is tolerable by most skin types because of its lighter “prickling” sensation.

Mandelic Acid’s antiseptic and antibacterial activity makes it useful in treating acne in adults and teens, and since it reduces inflammation and redness it is supportive in pre- and post- treatments. It helps prevent the formation of damaging radicals following the cell disruption caused by microdermabrasion, chemical peels and laser.

According to its manufacturer, mandelamine is safe for long-term usage.


Upon arrrival, I was lead to my safari tent treatment room so that I can get changed into one of the cute little tube pullovers with a safari print.

1.The Therapist starts by double cleansing my skin and then analysing it

2. She tells me I should take more “cooling” stuff such as “liang cha aka cooling tea” since I seem to be “heaty”.

3. She proceeds to apply the Enerpeel Mandelic acid peel all over face. Each Enerpeel has a brush attached it. The formula is gently applied all over skin when the therapist squeezes the attached tube to release the mandelic acid.

4. The Enerpeel sloughs away your dead skin on the top, and then penetrates deep into the skin to generate collagen and renew cells.

5. After about 10mins, neutralizer is applied all over face. It was comfortable at first but it got only my lip and stung just a little bit.

6. After which I had a shoulder massage and mask is applied for about 15mins.

Therapist – applying neutralizer


The results were quite immediate and stunning. I looked into the mirror and felt super pleased because my pores were almost non existent on my nose and cheeks and my skin felt really smooth and radiant. Best facial I had in 2013.

Note to mention the entire process was painless and very comfortable. Mandelic acid is actually suitable for individuals with sensitive skin. Thumbs up for this discovery.

The facial was a quick 45minutes as there is no massaging. 4-5 days later, my skin peeled very very lightly (It almost not noticable at all). I only noticed while applying foundation as there’s when dry skin or any peeling becomes obvious.

I can’t wait to go back to do this!

Reader Perks:

$68 nett trial price (inclusive of 30-min application time + 15-min head & shoulder massage + complimentary 15-min hand massage) for yourself and your readers. Promotion is valid till 30 June 2013 and for first time customers to Masego Spa. Quote “Alethea – Mandelic Peel Promotion” when you call in to book for an appointment to enjoy this special rate.


SAFRA Jurong

333 Boon Lay Way Level 3,

 Singapore 649848

Tel: 6790 1661

Read more about scientific studies on people with acne etc over a 3 course period treated with Mandelic Acid. And about the Enerpeel systems used by Masego here



Mandelic Acid is an alpha hydroxy acid but it has a number of chemical properties apart from acting as an exfoliating solution which does not trigger erythema. Its ability to help control rosacea has been shown but its actual mechanism of action in treating rosacea symptoms of reddening and thread veins is unknown but there is evidence that may point us in the right direction. It is ideal for those prone to reddening.

It is known to be antibacterial and antiviral and also helps to encourage vascular turnover and regeneration while suppressing reddening skin chemical reactions. Enerpeel MA 40% will reduce the thickness of the stratum corneum from 37 microns to 25 microns immediately after the peel and then it will reduce further over next 24 hours to 23 microns.

So Enerpeel MA is an exfoliating peel where the Mandelic Acid AHA molecule size means it is absorbed more slowly and hence does not trigger Erythema and therefore does not trigger excessive reddening or post inflammatory pigmentation,