Azelaic Acid is commonly found in cosmetic formulations to help the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Azelaic Acid is a gentle exfoliator commonly used to help with uneven skin tone and is found in specialty products for hyperpigmentation. While it can exfoliate the skin, it doesn’t exfoliate the same way or with the same level of effectiveness as ingredients like alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) or salicylic acid (BHA). Azelaic Acid offers additional benefits that AHA and BHA ingredients don’t provide when it comes to evening skin tone. This product is stable and most effective at a pH greater than 4.5.
Azeliac Acid is effective in treating a number of skin conditions, such as acne, inflammation and hyperpigmentation. It is naturally present in the skin and is also found in other sources, including wheat, rye and barley.
Azelaic Acid is naturally antibacterial which makes it a great treatment for acne. When applied topically, it reduces the growth of bacteria in a follicle, helps to reduce inflammation and remove dead skin cells to prevent future acne breakouts.
Azelaic Acid can be used on just about any skin type, including sensitive skin, as it has the ability to reduce inflammation. Anyone with rosacea, especially those with acne rosacea, will find it makes an excellent treatment for calming and soothing their inflamed skin.
Products that contain azelaic and glycolic acids decrease the amount of melanin in the skin while exfoliating the discolored cells. As a result, they have the potential to eliminate hyperpigmentation more quickly.
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