I’ve been a big fan of The Ordinary for many years and have also visited their physical stores.
It’s by far my favorite Canadian brand and thousands of loyal customers agree. Effective formulas, minimalist design, and super low prices are the key factors behind The Ordinary’s success.
Here, I recommend the Mandelic Acid 10% + HA, a budget-friendly mandelic acid peel at only C$6.70 or U$6.80 for 1.0 oz (talk about affordable! 🤑).
This is a super gentle peel on the low-end of mandelic acid concentration that helps renew skin, smooth out rough texture, reduce oily skin, clear up acne, and fade hyperpigmentation.
It’s a great starting point for beginners to chemical peels and for those with sensitive skin. That’s because mandelic acid has a larger molecule size (152 daltons) compared to other AHAs like glycolic acid (76 daltons) which means it penetrates your skin very slowly (source: The Ordinary).
At this level of mandelic acid, it’s safe to use daily (I recommend at night) and without a neutralizer. Just remember to apply sunscreen because AHAs will increase your skin’s sensitivity to sunlight.
My Verdict: The Ordinary Mandelic Acid 10% + HA is the perfect budget peel for sensitive skin.