Review: Dr. Hsieh Mandelic Acid Anti-Acne High Concentration Mask ★★★★☆
Mandelic Acid is a naturally occurring AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid) that is extremely effective in treating acne. Mandelic acid’s antibacterial properties are extremely helpful in treating acne. It also helps to regulate sebum production and in turn decrease the occurrence of breakouts. It’s the most gentle AHA and great for sensitive skin. I’m loving the short ingredients list!
I recently developed a cluster of 4 cystic acne on my right cheek for no reason at all. I took care to avoid dairy and sugary foods to reduce inflammation (something my body is extremely prone to).
I exercise regularly and have a daily intake of fruits; I double cleanse in the AM and PM regardless of whether I wore makeup or not; I made sure my pillows are clean and I don’t touch my face throughout the day. So I’m attributing the cause to PMS, but who knows.
Out of the packet, I caught a fresh citrusy scent. Essence was runny and clear. The sheet material was thin and soft, just a tad firmer than silk. It was saturated with essence and dripped all over my counter while I was unfolding it. It came with a perforated plastic backing for ease of application.
Fit was great! The mask covered my entire forehead, cupped my chin, and had no excess on the sides. The eye and mouth holes were perfectly aligned with my features and the multiple deep cuts helped with the adjustment of fit.
Adherence, on the other hand, wasn’t that great. Creases refused to stay down and air bubbles resurfaced throughout the entire masking session.
By the 20 min mark, the mask was showing signs of drying out. So I poured the leftover essence, that was in the packet, over the sheet mask to prolong the masking session. I had this on for a total of 35 mins.
There was a thin layer of essence left to pat in. Finish was matte and non-tacky, perfect for oily skin types. But my dehydrated skin type requires a layer of moisturizer to prevent moisture loss.
My skin looked instantly brighter and even toned. Redness was also reduced, especially around the acne cluster. Pores also looked cleaner and smaller. Acne still felt tender to the touch though. Since mandelic acid is photosensitive, I made sure to apply sun screen after using this mask to prevent hyperpigmentation.
Below is a side by side comparison of the before and after pictures.
Please pardon the inconsistency in lighting, that’s what I get for depending on natural light.
I think the effects are amazing with one use. I can’t wait to use this a couple more times to reap its long term benefits like acne prevention!