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?
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
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:
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
I am of a deeper skin tone and quite honestly i am new to exfoliation. With that being said i was hesitant to try anything BUT the honest description of this exfoliant AND the CALM down are spot on!! The mandelic acid made my skin tone (at i least i think so )look brighter and vibrant. The KEY for me is so far i have not had ANY irritation but i do not use everyday maybe once a week.
Very gentle non irritating product. Leaves skin smooth and bright.
It somewhat helps with acnes. No irritation, no issues.
I like very much this product. I think in this price it's expensive for 100 ml.its note not so competitive.
I have found not only THE acid that works for my skin, but also THE PRODUCT.
Amazing, I don’t even know where to start.
First off, it smells lovely. I know it doesn’t have any added scent, but mandelic acid naturally has a beautiful scent to my nose.
Second, the texture is like water. No residue left on the skin, either.
Third, the travel sized bottles are not only cute and enough for a long time, but also very convenient and well made. Can’t talk about the big ones yet, will purchase those soon.
I’ve been using it every night since I got it and my skin’s loving it! On the third night of using it, I already noticed how much softer my skin was. I used to think that my skin was sensitive to acids, but I guess I was using the wrong ones or maybe bad formulations… However, this one has really pleasantly surprised me.
After more than 2 weeks of using it - still no sensitivity when using it daily, softer, brighter and clearer skin.