HEAL­ING WITH MANDELIC ACID

Re­cov­er­ing from a break­out, Adelina Tan tries a mandelic fa­cial to help her skin along.

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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.

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