The Specialist Exfoliation Treatment | Mandelic Acid + Salicylic Acid

38 reviews
1 FL. OZ / 30ML

The Specialist is a trio of 18% mandelic acid, 2% salicylic acid, and 5% niacinamide that work together to tackle your oily skin woes. The Specialist can be used 3 ways: mix a drop with your moisturizer for daily upkeep, rinse-off mask once a week for a boost, or a spot treat for particularly stubborn zones. Do what works best for your routine!

Who it's for: The chemists designed the Specialist for the combination and oily skin types. This exfoliation product includes mandelic acid, salicylic acid, and niacinamide to help you take control of your combination and oily skin, managing shine and skin congestion.
Directions: For a nightly spot treatment - spot treat your T-zone and oily skin areas to keep oily skin at bay. For a weekly potent mask - After cleansing, apply a thin layer to dry skin and wash off after 10 minutes. Avoid eye contact.

This acid booster was designed to give you the freedom to integrate as you need it into your routine. This treatment doubles as a spot treatment and wash off mask, the Specialist is at your service!

The Specialist is tinted blue using a natural colorant derived from sweet potato and gardenia. To minimize irritation, this product is completely fragrance and essential oils free.

Chemical Exfoliants

The Specialist features a trio of actives that have specifically been tailored to target oily skin concerns. This formula can be used as a spot treatment, mask, or even as a booster for a daily pick-me-up.

18% Mandelic Acid: Alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) representative. More gentle than glycolic and lactic acid, yet still able to penetrate deeper to clean out pores.

2% Salicylic Acid: Beta hydroxy acid (BHA) salicylic acid is known for its anti-microbial, pore-clearing exfoliating action

Additional Boost

5% Niacinamide: A multi-functional workhorse. Niacinamide is one of the few ingredients out there that reduces the appearance of pores, regulates sebum production, AND boosts skin barrier function over time.

The Specialist's signature blue color is created using a blend of natural flower and sweet potato extract. The formula is EO and fragrance free.

*Full Ingredient List: Butylene Glycol, Mandelic Acid, Water, Propanediol, Niacinamide, Ethoxydiglycol, Salicylic Acid, Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6, Epilobium Angustifolium Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Flower Extract, Anthocyanin (Ipomoea Batatas Root Extract), Hydrolyzed Gardenia Florida Extract Maltodextrin

The chemists have formulated each product using ingredients with the best safety & efficacy profiles. Transparency is a core customer value and we're proud to share all the percentages of our actives we put in every bottle. If you still have any question please email us at to get more info about our formulas.

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acne has never been better!!

i have combo acne-acne prone skin and have been struggling to find a gentle exfoliant with salicylic acid that doesn’t dry out my skin. this is it!! i typically mix a drop with my moisturizer once per week, and my skin has never been clearer. i also use tretinoin, but in use with other salicylic acid based exfoliants, it wasn’t effective enough or would leave my skin barrier compromised. this keeps my acne and blackheads at bay, while being so gentle since i mix it with moisturizer. i also love the versatility so i can spot treat or use as a mask when needed. i will definitely repurchase once i run out. victoria and gloria, thank you for creating such a wonderful product!!!

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Great spot treatment

I've been having trouble with maskne along my jawline and after trying a few different things, it turns out using The Specialist as a spot treatment did the trick! Love this stuff! It helped clear up my maskne without being overly harsh.

Sarah J.
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Great product for hormonal acne and oily skin

I'd been looking for a mandelic acid peel I could incorporate into my routine after learning that my skin responds really well to it when I had a professional mandelic peel done. Turns out it's harder to find than one would think, but Chemist Confessions came to the rescue! I've now used this in all three ways the directions recommend-- as a 10-minute mask, a spot treatment, and overnight, and all work great! The 10-minute mask option is ideal before I'm going to put make-up to help prevent me from getting too oily, the spot treatment keeps big hormonal cysts from getting out of hand, and using it overnight does the same when I'm at that point in my cycle where I start breaking out everywhere. This one will definitely stay in my rotation for awhile! It can tingle a bit when it goes on but that goes away pretty quickly. (For context: I'm a 38F with oily and sensitive skin that has always battled with hormonal acne, and recently started to show signs of aging (oh joy!).)

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Great spot treatment

I’ve used a few of their acids and this works great as a spot treatment for breakouts that’s I’ve been recently experiencing. Definitely will integrate into my routine as a preventative as well.

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Love This

I use this for especially my T zone and its helps a lot with my congested poors and acne too. Definitely would repurchase and I really like the color its so pretty!

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