Everything You Need to Know About Azelaic Acid

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As much as we tell you an ingredient is great for your skin, how would you ever really know if you don't understand what it is and what it does? This blog is all about our favorite ingredient right now, Azelaic Acid. This miracle ingredient for Acne, Rosacea, and more is definitely worth knowing about. 

What is Azelaic Acid?

Azelaic acid is a dicarboxylic acid that helps exfoliate the skin and is synthesized by yeast naturally—but it can be derived from a number of places. It effectively treats treat Acne, Rosacea, dark spots, and hyperpigmentation (so basically everything?? Yep.) 

Who Should Use It? 

Really anyone can use Azelaic Acid, but if you have Acne or Rosacea then this will be a staple in your routine. 

How Do You Use it?

Since it's a gentle serum, it can be used in the morning and at night. It's up to you and where it fits in your routine. Dr. Shirazi recommends using it at night time after cleansing and before your moisturizer and retinol. 

What Can I Use it With?

This ingredient can be used with pretty much anything, which is rare with ingredients that do so much for the skin. We recommend cleansing with the PuriFY, applying Azelaic 10, then moisturizing with the Intense Recovery.

We hope you're an Azelaic Acid expert now! If you're interested in adding it to your skin care routine, shop it here!

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Dr. Azadeh Shirazi, MD is a Board-Certified Dermatologist.

Specializing in medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology, Dr. Shirazi received her undergraduate and medical degrees from the University Of Kentucky College of Medicine. After doing a Research Fellowship at Harvard Medical School at the Wellman Center for Photomedicine, she completed her residency training in Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery at the prestigious Mayo Clinic in addition to completing her training in dermatology and cosmetic surgery at the University of California San Diego.

She has received multiple research scholarships from iconic institutions including Harvard University and the University Of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and has several peer-reviewed publications to her name.