HEALING WITH MANDELIC ACID
Recovering from a breakout, Adelina Tan tries a mandelic facial to help her skin along.
The facial that’s great for reducing acne.
Tucked upstairs among a row of unassuming shop lots in the bustling commercial hub that is USJ Taipan, Beaute Cosmeceuticals offers a respite from the action below. The minimalist interior feels welcoming rather than clinical, and the service, personal: founder Cindy Ng offers me a cup of antioxidant-rich ‘beauty’ tea, and we start identifying my skin issues and concerns.
“The Meridian Sculpture Lymphatic Face Treatment won’t suit your skin,” she pronounces, upon closer inspection. It’s the signature treatment and comes highly recommend by Cindy for dry, dehydrated and ageing skin. But recently, my complexion had erupted in red, angry patches of acne and Cindy was concerned about aggravating it.
She suggested, instead, the Cell Regenerating Mandelic Treatment. Described as an “innovative medical leave-on therapy”, it stars mandelic acid, derived from the hydrolysis of bitter almond extract. The treatment is particularly good for alleviating inflammatory acne and blemishes, rejuvenating ageing skin by reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and lightening pigmentation and melasma. It’s gentler than other acids and suitable even for those who have experienced irritation with other AHA products.
AND SO, IT BEGINS
Beaute Cosmeceuticals uses and carries products from Dermique, which I’m told is extremely gentle and with key ingredients made mainly from plant extracts. Okay for hyper-sensitive skin, Cindy reassures. They do perform extraction but using the clipand-pick technique, which is said to maximise accuracy and keep healthy skin cells intact.
All in, the treatment takes a little over two hours. Cindy sends me off with skincare tips – “Eat less fried and oily food” – and a bottle of distilled water to wash my face with. She’d dissolved a tablet in it and gave strict instructions to use it instead of tap water for the next five days, as the skin needs more TLC after the treatment to maximise its effects. I step out with my skin feeling smoother, and noticeably brighter and clearer, blemishes instantly lightened after the treatment. Over the next few days – and diligently washing my face with Cindy’s special water – I noticed my skin healing and till today, more than a month after, it’s less prone to breakouts.