The Specialist Exfoliation Treatment

23 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. This is best used as a spot treatment or a T-zone rinse-off mask.

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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Kathryn M.
United States United States
Love this stuff

Ok, y'all are now officially my favorite skincare company. I've been using the cleanser and Mr. Reliable for a while now, and I recently decided to try The Specialist to see if it could help with these stubborn breakouts that had been refusing to clear up on my forehead and chest for more than a month. I started using it in both spots and saw improvement after a few days. Both breakouts are totally gone after using regularly for a couple of weeks. My skin is oily and fairly sensitive but this treatment hasn't irritated it at all--I saw a little dryness on my chin after using it a couple times there (as the product documentation said I might) but it was nothing that couldn't be fixed with moisturizer.

Poon Y.
Hong Kong Hong Kong


Annie L.
United States United States
Fabulous exfoliating product

I'm absolutely loving The Specialist. It does exactly what I wanted it for, mild exfoliation. I also love the versatility of this product since you can add a drop to your moisturizer, use as a spot treatment, or use as a mask!! I plan to buy Gold Standard for more intense exfoliation. Love Chemist Confessions!!

United States United States
Wonderful product

Skin is smoother and product is very well tolerated! I just apply it to the tzone and follow with aquafix. Bravo.

Jen N.
United States United States
Tube lasts a long time & cleared up rough skin

I purchased my tube of The Specialist in early 2020 (January or February) and have been using a generous drop (sometimes TWO drops, because I live life on the edge) mixed in with a hydrating serum every other night (on other nights I use a retinol). In the last year+ of using this, I have noticed two changes in my skin. First, the (admittedly mild) intermittent acne I would sometimes get has totally cleared up; I think I've maybe gotten one pimple this past year (caveat: it was 2020, so my homebound face wore less makeup and likely absorbed less city pollution). Second, the rough skin I had on my chin and nose (which I had been trying to scrub away with physical exfoliants) has totally disappeared. Over a year later and it seems like I might finally be coming to the end of the tube (though, I have thought that for the last month, yet the tube keeps giving me drops!) - will definitely be re-ordering this when I do! In this year when everybody has Gotten Into Skincare it's easy to get too caught up in trends and new products and feel like you have to blast away your face with the strongest acids available to get Results, but really, just a drop of this (mild) puppy every other night does the job for me!

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