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Cheer Up
Cheer Up
Cheer Up
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Cheer Up

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With updated look & without paper box packaging from now on

Our medium-strong, combination skin focused exfoliant with 6% Mandelic Acid + BHA works both on the surface of the skin and inside the pores to clear & balance the complexion.

Skin type: combination, oily skin, suitable for sensitive skin

Skin concern: enlarged pores, oiliness, acne and post-acne marks

Cruelty-free | Vegan | Fragrance & Essential oil free | Gluten-free | Malassezia-safe | Pregnancy-safe


A lightweight, fast absorbing exfoliating liquid that is designed to treat combination skin gently, but effectively. The duo of mandelic and salicylic acid exfoliates both the surface of the skin as well as inside the pores, it’s both antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. 
Salicylic Acid

The acid duo is joined by Sarcosine, an amino-acid derivative that further helps to tighten up enlarged pores and balance oil production. With regular use, Cheer Up fights several of the typical problems of combination skin including enlarged pores, extra oil production, blackheads, acne, and post-acne marks.

Cheer Up is non-irritating and non-drying, and it's the best friend for combination and/or problem-prone skin. It is our bestseller, award-winning formula that won the Cosmopolitan Beauty Award for best exfoliant in 2018 in our home market.

Who is it for?

Pretty much everyone, but it is especially recommended for combination skin that struggles with acne, blackheads, too much oil production and enlarged pores. It is also gentle enough to be used on sensitive, redness-prone skin.
Skin Type
combination, oily skin, suitable for sensitive skin
Skin Problem
enlarged pores, oiliness, acne and post-acne marks
water-like, weightless liquid, like a toner

how to use it?

It’s an ideal first step after cleansing your skin. Use it as a toner, either with a cotton pad or pour it into your hands and pat it on as men do with after-shave. Avoid the area around the eyes!

You can use Cheer Up from every other day to twice a day depending on your skin’s level of tolerance. For most skin types, once a day use is ideal. Wait until it is absorbed (brush your teeth in the meantime :)) and you can follow it up with your favourite serums and moisturizers.

IMPORTANT: Mandelic acid might make the skin more sensitive to the sun. Use a good SPF in the morning! The product contains BHA, do not use it if you are allergic to Aspirin.

Shelf life: 2 years from production (unopened), 8 months PAO (period after opening)

Ingredients & Research

key ingredients:

Mandelic Acid – An AHA that comes from bitter almond and is known for its gentleness and antibacterial properties. It not only exfoliates the surface of the skin, but also helps to fight acne (especially good for pustules, but also helps with inflammatory nodules) as well as post-acne marks.

Salicylic Acid (BHA) – Super well-known oil-soluble acid that is the gold standard in treating blackheads and enlarged pores. It works inside the pores to clear out dead skin cells that clog them.

Sarcosine – An amino-acid derived ingredient that helps to normalize oil production (not by drying the skin, it is a so-called 5α-Reductase inhibitor), tightens up enlarged pores, and evens out the surface of the skin.

Xylitylglucoside + Anhydroxylitol + Xylitol – A sugar based humectant trio that increases the skin’s water-binding capacity and strengthens the skin’s barrier.

full inci list:

Aqua (Water), Propanediol, Mandelic Acid, Salicylic Acid,  Xylitylglucoside, Anhydroxylitol, Xylitol, Sarcosine,  Butylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol, Glucose,  Xanthan Gum, Sodium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol


Przegląd Dermatologiczny 2015/4, Evaluation of the efficacy and tolerability of mandelic acid-containing cosmetic formulations for acne skin care

MB Taylor, Cosmetic Dermatology, 1999, Summary of mandelic acid for the improvement of skin conditions

Dermatologic Surgery, Jan 1, 2009, Glycolic Acid Peels Versus Salicylic–Mandelic Acid Peels in Active Acne Vulgaris and Post‐Acne Scarring and Hyperpigmentation: A Comparative Study


Customer Reviews

Based on 44 reviews

Great product ...

Nathalie R
Fresh and soothing

Right after jelly joker and before C-vitamin.

A real revolution!

At last, an efficient product for my sensitive skin which helps me to enhance the power of my entire routine products! Thanks a lot, Geek&Gorgeous, you revolutionized the skincare world! I don't know if I can say that, but you're as gorgeous as your products! ;)

Gentle exfoliation while providing brightening effect

I have been unable to use glycolic acid for years even at 5% it damaged my skin causing PIH. I found mandelic acid 5% from another retailer in 2018 and I never looked back, the result to me was just so beautiful with exfoliating and brightening effects. A year ago I noticed the mandelic acid from that brand was causing me sensitivity, not sure why, possible formula change.
I switched to calm down which was great, but not the same, I did not get that brightening effect. I tried the cheer-up exfoliant and the result was amazing! It was gentler than the previous retailer's mandelic acid exfoliant, while still providing the brightening and exfoliating effect. I now use it 2-3 times a week, only use calm down if I am experiencing sensitivity as I use prescription strength tretinoin 3 times a week.

Morgan Thomas
Mild Exfoliant

I really like this! I use this about 2-3 times a week once a day and use the Calm Down exfoliant on the other days of the week. Neither has flared up my sensitive rosacea prone skin.