By Wishtrend Mandelic Acid 5% Skin Prep Water

Monday 14 August 2017

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Acid treatments are really effective - no matter if your skin is acne-prone or you just want to work a little bit on your wrinkles, pigmentation or skin condition in general. Not every acid is good for every skin type, I feel like people with sensitive skin types are scared of this type of treatment. One of the mild acids recommended for sensitive skin is By Wishtrend Mandelic Acid 5% Skin Prep Water - a new chemical exfoliator which I want to show you and tell you more about it. 

Couple words about brand
I'm 100% sure that when you hear the brand name "By Wishtrend" you're thinking about the online store called "Wishtrend" and you're right. This product was developed by Wishcompany - the owner of Wishtrend, By Wishtrend and Klairs.

The bottle of this AHA acid came into a nice box which looks like a rose gold packaging but if you saw other By Wishtrend products then you know that the whole line is all about orange colour so I assume it's an orange colour that looks like something between copper and rose gold - that might be just a brain trick like with black-purple dress, etc. As you can see, you can open this product very easily so keep it away from kids because they can open it.

Skin Type
This product is recommended for all skin types - even if your skin is sensitive you can use it but 2 times per week will be enough for you.

Water, Mandelic Acid, Butylene Glycol, Beta-Glucan, Panthenol, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Fruit Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Centella Asiatica Extract, Houttuynia Cordata Extract, Sorbitol, Dimethyl Sulfone, Chlorphenesin, Sodium Citrate, Arginine, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Carbomer

Water - a source of minerals and moisture. It’s the most basic element of the product. Mandelic Acid - an AHA acid, an antioxidant and chemical exfoliator. This acid works on pigmentation, dull skin, wrinkles and it helps with acne. It kills bacteria very well but it’s also a gentle moisturiser. The lower concentration is delicate while higher concentration is mostly used by specialists. It can be used during the whole year, no matter if it’s winter or summer but still, it’s recommended to use sunscreen during the medication with this acid. If you’re allergic to nuts - mandelic acid is told to be safe to use but still I recommend you talking about using this type of acid with your doctor before using it. Butylene Glycol - a humectant and preservative, it helps other ingredients to get beneath the skin but it’s also a moisturiser. It can be comedogenic. Beta-Glucan - an antioxidant with soothing properties. It’s very effective for sensitive skin and redness. Panthenol - also known as provitamin B5, it’s a humectant and good moisturiser. It helps with sunburns, dehydrated and irritated skin. Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract - it’s an antioxidant and natural ingredient with anti-allergic and anti-inflammatory properties. It helps with wounds healing, redness, inflammation, acne and pigmentation. It works very well on acne-prone and oily skin. Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Fruit Extract - an emollient full of vitamins such as Vitamin A and vitamin E. It’s a good moisturiser which can work for pigmentation and wrinkles. Sodium Hyaluronate - a humectant, an antioxidant and strong moisturiser that increases lipid barrier and skin elasticity. It can help with wrinkles and pigmentation. It’s a healing ingredient so it can help with post-acne scars, inflammation and speed up the healing process. Sorbitan Sesquioleate - an emulsifier that can be used as a weak moisturiser. Centella Asiatica Extract - also known as Gotu Kola. A source of vitamins A, C and E. It’s an antioxidant with antiseptic and antibacterial properties. It can be used as a treatment for different problems like dark circles under eyes, acne, wrinkles, redness or even as an eczema treatment. It even works on cellulitis, sunburns and it can be used to remove scars that are why it is used in products for acne-prone skin. During the pregnancy, you have to use only small concentrations of this ingredient. Houttuynia Cordata Extract - also called Tsi Extract, an antioxidant with antibacterial and antiseptic properties. It’s used in the product as a skin brightener and moisturiser that helps for various skin care problems such as wrinkles and irritated skin. It can also help with sebum production and acne. Sorbitol - a humectant, that gives the smell to the product. Dimethyl Sulfone - an antioxidant that helps other ingredients get beneath the surface of the skin but in fact, this ingredient also does a lot of good things to our skin, it doesn’t only make skin stronger but it also helps with wrinkles, dark spots and it makes the healing process quicker. Chlorphenesin - a preservative, it shouldn’t be used by kids. Sodium Citrate - a preservative and pH balancer. Arginine - an amino acid and an antioxidant that gives the smell to the product but it has positive meaning for our skin that’s why it is used in many anti-aging products. PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil - an emulsifier and cleansing agent. It should be avoided during the pregnancy, it’s not the safest ingredient. Ethylhexylglycerin - a humectant and a preservative, it gives moisture to the skin. Hydrolyzed Collagen - a humectant which shouldn’t be used by vegans and vegetarians. It’s a moisturiser that can help with wrinkles. Carbomer - a thickener and stabiliser. It might be comedogenic. It can be irritating for your skin and eyes. 

Smell & Texture
It's a liquid acid, it smells for me like an alcohol.

How does it work for me?
I was a little bit scared of how my face is going to react to this product. 5% seems to be a pretty low concentration and I thought that this product won't work on my skin but do you know what? Not always high concentration is the best - sometimes less is better. That's why I've decided to give this product a chance. I do not hide the fact that I've got problems with post-acne scars and pigmentation and the worst thing, in this case, is that removing both is not quick. I'm sure that you all heard some stuff like - do not use acid treatments in the summer. Yes, that's right - if you use acid treatments in the summer, you just make your skin more sensitive to the sun and the sun is not your friend here. I think I was talking about my experience with dermatologists in Poland before - they just told me to sunbathe in the summer and it'll make my acne go away. No, I do not want to die because of the skin cancer and my skin tone is very light, I do not tan - I just burn. Mandelic acid is an acid which you can use whole year straight - even in the summer as long as you use sunscreen because no matter how awesome the acid is we should use it with a sunscreen. It's your choice if you use sunscreen only in the summer or the whole year, I'm not going to talk about that because I feel like everyone have a free will and you will do what you want but if you use acids please use sunscreen because sun damages are pretty hard to fix. Normally, I've been using AHA & BHA acids in an evening routine but with this acid, I'm using it in a morning routine and I leave it for about 15-20 minutes. I'm using this acid 3-4 times per week even if I feel that I can use it every day. It's a very gentle chemical exfoliator - my skin doesn't react with any irritation or redness. I had no allergic reactions to this product even if I wasn't sure if I'll react or not because I've got an allergy to peanuts but almonds are also nuts but on the other side, I'm taking some medicines for my allergy. If you have fresh pimples or wounds then using this product might be a little bit painful but I think it's a delicate product - my skin is not peeling off like with Alpha-H acid when first 3 days of using it were horrible and I had to use sheet masks and different moisturisers to make my skin look fine. This acid brightens my skin and I feel like I look healthier now, I can see some differences with small dark spots - some of are almost gone but I feel like it's too early to say if this product works on dark spots because it's a problem that needs more time - 3-6 months to see any changes. There are some ingredients which I don't like PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil but more important here for me are extracts and the main ingredient mandelic acid. Overall, I feel very positive about this product even if after second use I felt like nothing's going to change but as you see - time has changed my opinion on this product.

Additional Information
If you're allergic to nuts then I recommend you to do the patch test before using this product. This product contains Hydrolyzed Collagen so it's not a vegan-friendly product. 

Where to get it
You can get this By Wishtrend Mandelic Acid 5% Skin Prep Water from Wishtrend's website (22$/120ml). 
PROMO CODES: This month Wishtrend has some promo codes - use code WISHMAX to get By Wishtrend Vitamin 75 Maximizing Cream almost for free - you only pay for shipping price which in my opinion is a really good deal - I can admit that I also use these codes. You can also use code WISH3AUG to get -3$ on your order (no minimal price).

Sum up
I think that this product is nice, I won't say it's really good because it's too early for that - I still need to check if it works on dark spots because now it's too early for me to see big differences. It's a product which can start your journey with acids in your skin care because the concentration is pretty low. 

I hope that you've enjoyed this post. Let me know if you use acids in your skincare and how do you like this product?


*** This post was made in collaboration with Wishtrend, even though it still shows my personal opinion on the topics and products*** 


  1. O marce Wishtred miałam już oczywiście okazję usłyszeć, jednak z tym produktem spotykam się po raz pierwszy, co trochę mnie dziwi bo ma naprawdę świetny skład i gdyby nie ten jeden PEG, to można by powiedzieć że jest wręcz idealny. Ale z drugiej strony znajduje się dopiero pod koniec składu, więc nie ma katastrofy ;) Ogólnie, moja skóra nie lubi się z kwasami AHA w wysokim stężeniu, jednak myślę że te 5% mogłoby na nią całkiem dobrze wpłynąć :D

    Sakurakotoo ❀ ❀ ❀

  2. Jak działa na zmarszczki to ja go chcę mieć ;) Powoli zaczynam rozglądać się za takimi produktami, bo latka lecą ;)

  3. Nasza cera najlepiej się czuje po dość mocnych kwasach :)

  4. Ranki można posmarować wazeliną :) A dermatolog, który na trądzik poleca słońce nie powinien się nazywać dermatologiem - opalanie wysusza skórę, trądzik znika w pewnym stopniu, ale potem jest znowu to samo.
    Bardzo ciekawy produkt :)

  5. As usual great post! Thanks for sharing)

  6. Ja nie miałam jeszcze styczności z takimi kwasami i nie wiem czy bym się poddała takiej kuracji ;)

  7. Pierwszy raz słyszę o kwasach stosowanych w kosmetyce. I zapominam o stosowaniu kremów z filtrem. Widzę, że ,,specjaliści" są w każdym zawodzie. Dlatego najlepiej słuchać swojego organizmu ;)

  8. I also tested this product once. and I thought the same. it is okay but for me it's not recommendable.

    xo. tthuy | RubyliXious

  9. mam problem z zaskórnikami na policzkach wiec moze przetestuje,fajna recenzja:)

  10. ja kwas migdałowy lubię używałam w okresie zimowym tego o 10% stężeniu czyli drugie tyle co tutaj i moja skóra świetnie na niego reaguje. Myślę że o tutaj mogłoby być całkiem nieźle

  11. I always love to read your complete and useful reviews! I'm super pale so I'm very sensitive to the sun too :)

  12. Excellent post (as always)!Thank you very much :)

  13. Really good products! Love it so much!

  14. Na moje przebarwienia mógłby się sprawdzić nieźle. Nigdy nie używałam kwasów na twarz, trochę się obawiam, że mogłabym nimi zrobić sobie krzywdę, ale w tym przypadku mamy niewielkie stężenie, więc i ryzyko jest mniejsze ;) szczególnie przy odpowiedniej pielęgnacji i kremach z filtrem nie powinno nic złego się stać;)

  15. Ostatnio kwasy odstawiłam ale planuję powrót być może na październik :-) Mimo to kwasy w zeszłe wakacje stosowałam i twarz została na miejscu więc specjalnie się tej nagonki nie obawiam. Wszystko jest kwestią umiaru i stosowania filtrów.. a za słońcem specjalnie nie przepadam ;-)
    Produkt wydaje się bardzo fajny.. jak zawsze znalazłaś jakąś perełkę którą kusisz :-D


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