Our Rating: 5 stars

I'm addicted to my lighted high-power magnifying mirror. About twice a week I scrutinize my 56-year-old face for 10 minutes, looking at pores, which have always been a problem, lines and wrinkles, and signs of photo-aging. This helps me see close-up just how well the products I use are working, or not. M.A.D Skincare's Youth Transformation Exfoliating Serum 10% AHA ($62) was put to this test, and I have to report that I'm totally mad about this M.A.D product!

Since I had been using quality products on my face for a while, including one with retinol and a glycolic acid complex, I didn't know what to expect when I first began using M.A.D Youth Transformation Exfoliating Serum 10% AHA. Would it really make a noticeable difference? Fortunately, it surprised me in a big way. After four to five applications the changes in my skin could not be denied, and the improvements kept coming.

The exfoliating power of this 10% AHA serum effectively reduced the layer of dead cells on the surface of my skin. My pores became less clogged, thus appearing smaller and more refined. Plus the skin on my face started to feel as soft as a baby's bottom. Even the skin on my neck/décolleté felt amazingly smooth and soft. At the same time, the treated skin began to feel firmer, tighter, and more elastic--the combination of effective exfoliation and boosting collagen production along with cell renewal at work! And there was another bonus: my skin looked more radiant.

For me, the serum's combination of AHA and other active ingredients worked together synergistically to literally transform my skin to a more youthful appearance and texture. The 10 percent AHA is comprised of 5% glycolic acid and 5% multi fruit acids. The fruit acids include apple, grape fruit (red grape, not grapefruit), and alp rose stem cell extracts. According to M.A.D, these fruit stem cell extracts or "cultures" offer powerful anti-aging benefits, and increase the longevity of skin cells and encourage cell renewal/regeneration. This, combined with M.A.D's potent Multi Peptide Anti-Aging Complex seems to be the magic key. The peptides help stimulate collagen production-- the support structure that gives our skin a firm, young appearance and helps maintain texture and elasticity.

As for wrinkle reduction, I noticed a subtle change but nothing too dramatic. I believe this is due to the fact I had been using a quality product with retinol and glycolic acid for a while prior to using the M.A.D Skincare product, which had improved the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Still, with all this, there was a small yet definite reduction in the appearance fine lines with the M.A.D serum. I was surprised and pleased. The other product had done such a great job on the lines and wrinkles I didn't think it could get any better. It did.

The paraben and chemical colorant-free serum is lightweight, almost odorless and colorless, and goes on smoothly. The dispenser is easy to operate and it doesn't over-dispense. I used three pumps to cover my entire face, neck, and décolleté. Initial absorption occurs quickly. There is a period of time after application, where my skin felt slightly sticky. This subsides in about 10 minutes. After application, my skin feels hydrated, not dry or irritated. My experience with some high potency AHA products in the past has left my normal to dry facial skin irritated and flaky. M.A.D Youth Transformation Exfoliating Serum 10% AHA didn't irritate my skin. Over the course of 6 weeks there were only two or three very small flaky patches around my nose and the dead skin came off easily.

In summation, M.A.D Youth Transformation Exfoliating Serum 10% AHA worked as advertised for me. My skin looks and feels more youthful, firm and revitalized using this product. This is why it has earned two thumbs up from me.

Ingredients in M.A.D Skincare's Youth Transformation Exfoliating Serum 10% AHAWater, Glycolic Acid, Vaccinium myrtillus (Bilberry) Extract, Saccharum officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Acer saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Citrus aurantium dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus medica limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Propanediol, Dimethicone, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Panthenol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Betaine, Sodium PCA, Sorbitol, Serine, Glycine, Glutamic Acid ,Alanine, Lysine, Arginine, Threonine, Proline, Sodium Carboxymethyl- cellulose, Bis PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Disodium EDTA Copper, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Hydroxide.