Contrary to my fashion taste, I have always been conservative with skincare matters. Needless to say, even hearing the word acid scared the 💩 out of me.

As I mentioned on my previous post, I have grown to be very into skincare and on the way, I quickly learned that acid is the new Holy grail.

Thinking it was supposed to be used to treat major skin issues as acne scars and dark spots, I never gave it a chance until TikTok made it VERY popular.

I became interested in the infamous AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution and got surprised to learn that it is not sold in Canada, despite The Ordinary been a Canadian brand. Sooo, I did my research and found that acid can be dangerous for your skin when not used with the right concentration but it can bring benefits to your skin like no other ingredient when used correctly. And, because of that, the AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution is not sold in Canada, it is a high concentrated acid that could literally burn your skin if not used right.

Sounds scary but, I couldn’t believe how amazing the before and after pictures of people that swear by chemical peelings (acids) so I decided to go for it.

I chose to begin with the The Ordinary Mandelic Acid 10% + HA (30ml) as it is the one recommended by Deciem for sensitive skin and for people that are new to acids like me.

Keep reading for the steps I took using Mandelic Acid for the first time and some quite awkward selfies to show you the results after each use.


Step 1. Clean your face. I am using Philosophy Purity Made Simple Face Cleanser.

Step 2. Apply The Ordinary Mandelic Acid 10% + HA (30ml). I used no more than. 3 drops and applied it by tapping my skin.

Step 3. Apply Hyaluronic Acid. This will help your skin stay hydrated.

Ste 4. Apply Moisturizer. I am using The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors to moisturize my face without adding many ingredients.

Before and After




1st use

After 1st use


After 2nd use


After 3rd use

Hoping this post helps clarifying any doubts about skincare acids and makes you hop on the waggon too.

With love,


Mandelic Acid benefits and before and after pictures after each use
My guide to Mandelic Acid

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