[REVIEW] Dr.Wu Renewal Serum With Mandelic Acid 18%

Dr.Wu Renewal Serum With Mandelic Acid 18% Review:

About a month before purchasing this serum, my friend and I were discussing how our complexion had greatly improved with the incorporation of acids into our daily skincare routine. She then mentioned how she briefly came across the term ‘mandelic acid’ but did not bother doing much research into it.

Being a naturally nosy person, I thought I should maybe educate myself on this new acid lest I miss out on a star ingredient that could give me flawless skin….wishful thinking but hey, what is life without hope amirite?


– Cell metabolism by gently boosting skin metabolic cycles

– Pore cleansing by decongesting blocked pores

– Blackhead removal

– Whitening & Brightening

– Anti-wrinkle Lifting & Tightening by improving fine lines and wrinkles


Aqua, Propylene Glycol, Mandelic Acid, Butylene Glycol, Triethanol Amine, Beta-glucan, Ruscus Aculeatus Root Extract, Panthenol, Centella Asiatica Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Yeast Protein, Disodium EDTA, Potassium Glycyrrhizinate, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Allantoin, Ammonium Glycyrrhizate, Aesculus Hippocastanum Extract

Dr.Wu Renewal Serum With Mandelic Acid 18% Review


Volume: 15ml

How to Use: 

1. Apply a small amount to your face after cleansing, taking care to avoid the lip and eye area.

2. Use 2-3 times a week at night. I normally wait about 15 minutes for the product to absorb before continuing with my other skincare products.

My Skin type: Oily / Combination: Oily T-zone, Dry U-zone; sensitive skin

Dr.Wu Renewal Serum With Mandelic Acid 18% Review:

In a nutshell, mandelic acid is derived from bitter almonds and is a type of alpha hydroxy acid (AHA). It is most suitable for hypersensitive skin types and being of a more gentle nature, it would be perfect for those dipping their toe in the AHA/BHA pool for the first time. It seems to target 3 main skin concerns: wrinkles / fine lines; hyperpigmentation / discolouration; Acne.

This miracle acid strengthens collagen and sloughs off the outermost layer of the skin allowing it to reflect light better thus making the skin look more youthful. It also excels at correcting skin tones and because it is so gentle, it can be used by those with rosacea.

This serum contains 18% mandelic acid but do not be put off by this high concentration as it is in reality very gentle.

There have been a number of sparkling reviews out there on this serum produced by the Taiwanese brand – Dr. Wu. This company claims itself to be Taiwan’s No.1 Clinical Skincare. As I am a fan of cosmeceuticals (as proven by my love of the LJH Vita Propolis Ampoule), I knew that I definitely had to try this serum.

On their website, this father (interestingly also known as the ‘Godfather of Cosmetic Medicine’ in Taiwan) and son company claims to allow their customers to “enjoy skincare just like having a doctor perform medical treatments at home”.

Please note that there are 2 types of mandelic acid serums produced by Dr.Wu. This review is for those with neutral / mixed / oily skin types. If you have dry skin, you might want to consider purchasing Dr. Wu Renewal System Daily Renewal Serum with Mandelic Acid instead.

Dr.Wu Renewal Serum With Mandelic Acid 18% Review

The product comes in a brown glass bottle which protects the contents from excessive light. Labelling is minimalistic as with most cosmeceutical products where the product speaks for itself and so does not need to rely on fancy-schmancy labelling.

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It has a rubber tip which works well to pick up a good amount of the product with a squeeze. A tiny complaint I have is that the bottle does not close properly. It is just a normal screw cap bottle but if you apply pressure and try to tighten the cap when closing (I like to ensure all my products have their covers screwed on tightly), it will just pop open again.

I am not sure if it is my bottle that may be a little defective or if that is the case with all bottles. We shall see when my second bottle arrives. Yes, I love it so much I can see this becoming a staple in my routine.

I use this product thrice a week in the night after toning and can I just say how much I look forward to using it. I drop about 5 drops of the serum on my face and give it a good massage for a few minutes.

It smells faintly of almonds and each time I use it, it evokes a memory of the time when I was growing up back in Malaysia and how I used to love the hot almond milk tea from a particular street vendor. Not only did it have a comforting smell of almonds, it also tasted divine. Yummmm….

Dr.Wu Renewal Serum With Mandelic Acid 18% Review

Ok – back to the serum, after a bit the smell disappears so not to worry for those who dislike fragrances in their products. I personally find the serum a bit oilier then what I am used to, maybe because the other serums I use in comparison dry up relatively quicker on my skin.

However, I am not fussed by this as after applying this serum my skin definitely feels distinctly softer and plumper. Maybe it is a combination of both the serum and the mini face massage I give myself. It absorbs well into the skin and here is where I am thankful for the slightly oilier consistency as my skin does not tighten and dry out while I am waiting for 15 mins before continuing with the next step. During that waiting period, my skin feels nicely moisturised and hydrated.

Anyhow, the nostalgic smell and the plumper feeling skin is a good tri-weekly skin booster and my skin definitely thanks me for it. I cannot really provide any concrete reviews on its anti-aging properties as I do not have many wrinkles or fine lines as yet but I like to think that this serum helps slow down the whole aging process.

As for blackhead removals and pore cleansing, well, my nose strips are a testament that there is still gunk lurking around in my pores. In terms of brightening properties, my complexion is definitely brighter and the blemish marks around my chin are slowly fading as a result. Do not expect instantaneous results because as with most good things, it takes time.

I would say I love it! Sometimes, I think that there are so many awesome skincare products out there and so repurchasing a particular product is so lame when there are so many options left to try, which might turn out to be even more amazing. However, this serum suits me so well and I only use it 3 times a week that I am willing to happily incorporate it into my routine.

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