Ever wonder how celebrities like Emma Watson keep their skin looking beautiful, especially without piling on layers of heavy makeup? It’s not magic…it’s a combination of education and dedication.
If you feel like your skin makes you look older than you are, or if you long for that dewy “in love” glow, then your skin is probably suffering from a buildup of dead skin cells, which are held in place by sebum. Without clearing away the old debris, your skin’s surface becomes clogged. Combine that with humidity, hormonal factors, and even stress, and your face is a breeding ground for blemishes. But read on…hope and help are on the way.
Cleansing + Azelaic Acid = Improved Skin Surface
Regular, gentle cleansing and exfoliating are important steps in your skincare routine and do some of the work in terms of renewing your skin’s surface, but adding azelaic acid has been shown to reduce sebum production, which means less glue holding the offending debris in place.
Naturally Derived and Well-Tolerated
What is this magic ingredient, you ask? At its simplest, Azelaic Acid was created to help treat rosacea and received FDA approval in 2002. It’s naturally present in grains, such as rye, wheat, and barley and works well for individuals that cannot use topical retinoids due to sensitivity or other factors.
3x the Benefits
- Fewer blemishes: Azelaic acid has comedolytic properties. In short, it can destroy clogged pores, which means fewer breakouts.
- Smaller-looking pores: Azelaic acid reduces keratin and oil production (sebum) and helps to keep pores clear, which makes them less noticeable. In a research study comparing azelaic acid, benzoyl peroxide, and adapalene, results showed that azelaic acid outperformed the others in terms of sebum reduction, resulting in an “average reduction of 13.9% on the forehead and 15.2% on the cheek” (“Relationship between sebostatic activity, tolerability and efficacy of three topical drugs to treat mild to moderate acne”).
- Reduced appearance of acne marks and dark spots: This is one of the main reasons patients love Azelaic Acid. Since it improves the skin’s surface, it can reduce dark spots and post-acne marks while preventing new ones from forming because it interferes with the “pigment producing enzyme tyrosinase” (quoted in “New Insights Into Azelaic Acid” by Joshua Zeichner, MD).
2-Step Formula Fights Antibiotic Resistance
Since some patients experience a slight worsening of their acne (also known as purging) after first beginning to use Azelaic Acid, it’s important to find the right formulation for your skin. If you have questions, feel free to leave us a comment below. And if you’re curious about whether or not Azelaic Acid is right for your skin, email one of our friendly medical team members. We’ll respond right away.