Azelaic acid is currently a Dermatologist favorite and one of the most underrated skincare ingredients. It is versatile and can be found in many different products including serums, moisturizers, and spot treatments. Azelaic can be beneficial for many different skin types but is specifically popular amongst those with Acne or Rosacea-prone skin. With April being Rosacea awareness month, I felt this was the perfect time to dive into this ingredient!
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What Are the Benefits of Using Azelaic Acid in Your Skin-Care Routine?
As a natural occurring acid found in grains, it has anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties making it a very effective treatment for Acne and Rosacea. It’s a gentle exfoliant, reduces hyperpigmentation, gets along well with other skincare ingredients, and it’s considered pregnancy safe.
How Does Azelaic Acid Work?
Azelaic acid is the jack of all trades and master of none. That’s because it does a little of everything yet it’s very gentle and not the most powerful ingredient. It brightens the skin by inhibiting tyrosinase, the enzyme involved in the production of pigment, therefore it reduces hyperpigmentation. Secondly, it kills acne causing bacteria and reduces mites associated with Rosacea. It has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties making it effective in the treatment of skin conditions such as Acne or Rosacea and helps prevent breakouts. It’s also an antioxidant that can counter the effects of, or neutralize, free radicals.
Dr. Azi’s Product Recommendations:
A favorite amongst my patients, I love this product for those with rosacea or acne along with hyperpigmentation. It’s lightweight yet hydrating using a blend of Azelaic Acid 10%, Hyaluronic Acid, and Arbutin to even skin tone, reduce hyperpigmentation, treat breakouts, smooth texture, and calm redness. Gentle enough to use up to twice daily or pair with other skincare actives. A clean product that’s fragrance free without sensitizing ingredients.
Lightweight formula combining 12% Azelaic Acid with 3% Glycolic Acid making it a great option for those with hyperpigmentation. It also helps brighten skin tone and smooth skin texture. Given Azelaic acid and glycolic acid are considered safe at the concentrations in this product, it’s a good option in those who are pregnant or breastfeeding, but it’s important to first check with your doctor.
This is an affordable option in a lightweight lotion formula to help reduce discoloration and breakouts, while brightening the skin’s complexion. It’s gentle enough to use twice daily or pair with other actives.