The Specialist Exfoliation Treatment
Mandelic Acid + Salicylic Acid

33 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, 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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Elizabeth D.
United States


I've mostly used this as a spot treatment so far, with the exception of one night where I added a drop to my moisturizer. It is absolutely *killing it* for both. I usually use hydrocolloid patches if I'm starting to get a spot, and this blew those out of the water; there was a noticeable difference by morning (less red, more flat, didn't seem like something was "brewing" any more). I think it was helpful as an add-on for my whole face too - I have sensitive skin so I don't do a full-face leave-on acid that often, but my skin was happy and glowy when I woke up. I'm used to spots taking days to weeks to resolve and haven't really found any treatments that work like this (rather than just making the area bone dry). Love it a lot more than I expected to, I upgraded my sample to a full size. Thanks!

United States United States

3rd bottle

I love this stuff. It’s really helped keep my skin clear.

Australia Australia


Love this treatment, despite being a high percentage chemical exfoliant the formulation is so gentle on the skin. I use it once or twice a week mixed in with my cream and the next day my skin is so smooth and glowy! My go to will always be the specialist for my acne but this treatment is the perfect addition for dead skin removal. Highly recommend.

Canada Canada


Clearing acne and some of my hyperpigmentation

Danny c.
United States United States


This exfoliant has actually changed the game for me personally. I love how multipurpose it is in terms of being a mask, leave on, and booster, and feel like i can fit it in depending on what degree of exfoliation i need no matter what. Oily, acne prone people NEED to try this.

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