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Azelaic Acid Review

Azelaic Acid is the current beauty it-ingredient, popping up in skincare routines left, right and centre. We’re here to let you know what this $12 ingredient can do for your skin and when you should be using it.

Though relatively new to skincare shelves, dermatologists have used azelaic acid for years to treat acne and rosacea. Azelaic acid has been a dark horse for a few years now, working alongside more commonly known products like niacinamide in blemish treatments.

Azelaic Acid is a natural acid that is found in grains such as wheat, barley and rye.

My personal first experience with azelaic acid was after a horrible flare-up of periorificial dermatitis. Pictured below is my very sad face at the peak of my flare-up after overusing occlusive face products. The second photo is the next day, after applying Azclear’s 20% strength medicated lotion that I grabbed over the counter for $12. 

One day of Azclear medicated lotion on a dermatitis flare-up

Azelaic acid is used to treat dermatitis, acne and rosacea for a few key reasons: 

  1. It’s antibacterial, meaning it can reduce the growth of bacteria in the follicle.
  2. It can refine skin texture and even lessen the risk of redness and bumps in the first place.
  3. An anti-inflammatory, it can reduce redness and sensitivity.
  4. It is an antioxidant and can visibly fade discolouration once the breakout has ended.

If you’re prone to breakouts or looking for a treatment for comedonal or inflammatory acne, rosacea or melasma, you should consider adding this cheeky new superstar to your shopping cart.

We recommend facetheory’s Porebright Serum, a combination of niacinamide and azelaic acid that will help to calm breakouts and reduce blemishes and marks if you’re looking for something a bit nicer than Azclear’s medicated lotion.

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