Lately I've been noticing more and more skincare products containing the ingredient Azelaic Acid. But do you know what is Azelaic Acid, and what's its primary function?
Azelaic Acid is produced naturally by the yeast on your skin. It helps to exfoliate the skin and it is known for its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, which make it an excellent treatment for skin conditions such as acne, rosacea, and uneven skin tone.
Azelaic Acid is also gentler than most of the popular acids like Salicylic Acid and Glycolic Acid. Because of this gentle approach, Azelaic Acid is safe to use on sensitive prone skins. It is a slow acting acid that may not show visible results as quickly as the more powerful acids, but the results are noticeable in time.
Benefits of Azelaic Acid for Acne
- It helps to speed up the cell renewal process and therefore reduces pimple and blackhead formation
- Cleans bacteria growth from the pores
- Kills bacteria that causes acne
- Reduces inflammation of acne
- Improves the appearance of acne scarring
Benefits of Azelaic Acid for Rosacea
- Reduces inflammation
- Minimise the appearance of swelling and visible blood vessels
- Helps to kill bacteria for lumps, bumps, and lesions of rosacea skins
- Reduces redness and flushing of the skin
- Soothes the skin
Benefits of Azelaic Acid for Pigmentation
- Treats post-inflammatory pigmentation from acne scarring
- Lighten skins that are discoloured by melanin
- Stops discoloured cells from over-producing or leaking
- Helps skin renewal to fade the appearance of dark spots and markings
- Brightening properties
- Can help improve the appearance of hyper-pigmentation and melasma
As with any acid, you need to be familiar with some of the side effects that may occur
- Tingling sensation at first
- Flaking of the skin
Obvious dryness or redness
And with what should NOT occur with the use of Azelaic Acid
- Reduction of sebum production
- Photosensitivity - Although, and I can not stress this enough, sun protection is the number one prevention step of any skin condition!
- Azelaic Acid does not have a bleaching effect on skin, clothing, or face washes
My go-to product containing Azelaic Acid is the Hydropeptide Redefining Serum: