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Azelaic Acid: You Need This In Your Routine

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Skinsitive
Azelaic acid is amazing. It occurs naturally on the skin and is produced by grains in labs, holding anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties rather unique to such a gentle, multifaceted antioxidant. It helps with skin texture, redness, uneven skin tone, hyperpigmentation, rosacea, and even minimizes the look of active breakouts. All of the pictured products are free of fragrance, alcohol, and essential oils. facetheory - PoreBright Serum N10
($19 per 30mL) features star ingredients like 10% azelaic acid, 10% niacinamide, salicylic acid (<2%), aloe, and sodium hyaluronate to calm skin while addressing issues like congested pores, uneven tone, acne, oily skin... it’s a versatile serum that I enjoyed. The serum is light and moisturizing, with good spreadability. This is the gentlest of the three in my experience. PAULA'S CHOICE - 10% Azelaic Acid Booster
($36 per 30 mL) is a game-changer. I enjoyed FaceTheory N10, but something about PC’s formulation transformed my acne experience. 10% Azelaic acid, salicylic acid (<2%), licorice root extract, allantoin, and a variety of humectants + emollients come together in this light gel-cream to give significant texture-smoothing, tone-correcting, acne-preventing results. Whenever I apply this in the AM (which it is gentle enough to do), my blemishes are reduced remarkably by the evening. I also have seen such significant fading of my acne scars that I already got a back-up! Its cream formula allows for use as a spot treatment if you prefer that. This is my favourite of the three pictured. The Ordinary - Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%
($7.90 per 30mL) is a simple formula, with 10% Azelaic acid and vitamin e as the star ingredients in a variety of silicones and emollients. I noticed significant hyperpigmentation reduction with this cream, but I cannot stand the silicone texture. It has a strange grit to it, no matter how much I shake up the bottle. I also think my skin dislikes heavy silicones, as I experienced increased breakouts when using this, despite the wonderful brightening and calming properties it has. Not sure I’d recommend this unless your skin handles silicone well. The matte finish would probably be enjoyed by oily skin types.
Apr. 28
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SusmaTamangCan you please tell me sling routine for melasma and hyperpigmentation effective one.. I am so depressed with my skin😟😟
Aug. 19
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SkinsitiveA simple routine can help tons with pigmentation- it’s usually more of a “in for the long haul” struggle than a “picking the right product” struggle unfortunately! I’d find a good gentle cleanser, a simple nourishing moisturizer, a sunscreen you’ll apply thoroughly everyday, then add in the Ordinary’s Ascorbic Acid 8% + Alpha Arbutin 2% or their Azelaic Acid 10% Suspension if you don’t do well with vitamin c.
Aug. 19
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Let’s Talk: Azelaic Acid
There’s so many acids that are becoming popular. Do you suffer from redness, hyperpigmentation , or acne? This is for you! Even sensitive skin is safe! What is azelaic acid? Azelaic acid is found in wheat, rye, and barley. It is praised for it antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It’s a type of exfoliating acid that target clogged pores and resurfaces your skin. What does it treat? Most research conducted on azelaic acid was at 15-20% but even at 10% it has been deemed effective. It has proven research for: hyperpigmentation (melasma, acne marks) rosacea (calms and prevents inflammation) acne (exfoliating pores,antibacterial) How to use: ALWAYS PATCH TEST With sensitive skin: start every other day Azelaic acid has been deemed gentle and works well with others but like with any acids always introduce them slowly. It takes 4-6 weeks to see results from azelaic acid, BUT many dermatologist recommend using it for 3 months (like retinols and other acne treatments) to see sure results. IF YOU EXPERIENCE ITCHING OR UNCONTROLLED SWELLING STOP IMMEDIATELY! My routine: Cleanse: I always use a hydrating or gentle cleanser Tone: if you find necessary (I like to make sure my skin PH is reset) Treat: vitamin C (once I built a tolerance to the acid) Acid: The Ordinary - Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% Moisturize: always use spf Other options PAULA'S CHOICE - 10% Azelaic Acid Booster NATURIUM - Azelaic Topical Acid 10% (I have not tried these options (due to the price factor) but have seen amazing results)
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D.Bennett
Do You Have Blackheads or Sebaceous Filaments?
I’ve seen a lot of post where people confuse the two. As someone who is an avid skincare researcher I think it’s time to clear the air. Sebaceous Filaments: What are they? Your skin does a lot of things that many people don’t know. One of them is oil control and keeping the skin balanced. Sebum is a natural oil that keeps your skin naturally moisturized. They are NORMAL. Annoying, but normal. Have your ever squeezed your nose and seen white or tinted yellow substance come out? That’s stuff is collected sebum and dead skin cells that has cooped up in your pores. You can treat this with a pore strip or getting them professionally extracted. 9/10 they will come back, unless you get your oil secretions under control. I recommend a chemical peel or salicylic acid. Also adding a great double cleansing routine will help tremendously! Blackheads What are they ? They are a form of acne. Better yet known as an open comedone. Blackheads can be caused by various factors: environment, oil, diet, hormones. And even medications. These contain bacteria which has clogged up your pores. Blackheads should be treated professionally or with a retinoid (most effective). DO NOT PICK AT HOME. Some products: PAULA'S CHOICE - Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliator DIFFERIN - DIFFERIN Acne Treatment Gel The Ordinary - Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution THE inkey LIST - Lactic Acid Serum PAULA'S CHOICE - 10% Azelaic Acid Booster
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D.Bennett
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Beat Acne With This Simple Guide
( This is not my photo but I have tried most of these combos)✨ Comedones: these are flesh or white colored bumps (usually most common) Bakuchoil: gentle alternative for retinol. THE inkey LIST - Bakuchiol Retinol Alternative Moisturizer Azelaic Acid: amazing acid (I just reviewed). Great for acne and pore exfoliating! The Ordinary - Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% Granactive Retinoids: lower irritation than retinol (less strength) The Ordinary - Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion (I find using Differin gel can help to but it can be irritating and shouldn’t be paired with other active ingredients) Oil Production: Niacinamide: vitamin B3 that helps with oil production (especially paired with Zinc) The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% Bacteria: Bakuchiol Azelaic Acid Inflammation Niconamide (best as serum) Bakuchoil (best as moisturizer) Azelaic Acid (better in cream form (especially if you have sensitive skin) Granactive Retinol: (better as serum) Remember to always layer from lightest to heaviest! My personal routine for active acne: Morning ☀️ Cleanse Tone Serum (The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% in oil areas) Treat (The Ordinary - Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% everywhere) Moisturize Aveeno - Ultra-Calming Daily Moisturizer SPF 30 (great for sensitive skin and when mixing actives) Evening Cleanse Tone Serum (The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% in oily areas) Treat (DIFFERIN - DIFFERIN Acne Treatment Gel ) Moisturize CeraVe - PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion mixed with Cliganic - 100% Rosehip Oil ) I have used alternative retinol, but I found my skin to get used to it and I wanted something stronger. If you mix these products together (as suggested by the guide) stick to granactive retinol and using bakuchiol. Less chance to experience irritation.
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D.Bennett
Let’s Talk: Azelaic Acid
There’s so many acids that are becoming popular. Do you suffer from redness, hyperpigmentation , or acne? This is for you! Even sensitive skin is safe! What is azelaic acid? Azelaic acid is found in wheat, rye, and barley. It is praised for it antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It’s a type of exfoliating acid that target clogged pores and resurfaces your skin. What does it treat? Most research conducted on azelaic acid was at 15-20% but even at 10% it has been deemed effective. It has proven research for: hyperpigmentation (melasma, acne marks) rosacea (calms and prevents inflammation) acne (exfoliating pores,antibacterial) How to use: ALWAYS PATCH TEST With sensitive skin: start every other day Azelaic acid has been deemed gentle and works well with others but like with any acids always introduce them slowly. It takes 4-6 weeks to see results from azelaic acid, BUT many dermatologist recommend using it for 3 months (like retinols and other acne treatments) to see sure results. IF YOU EXPERIENCE ITCHING OR UNCONTROLLED SWELLING STOP IMMEDIATELY! My routine: Cleanse: I always use a hydrating or gentle cleanser Tone: if you find necessary (I like to make sure my skin PH is reset) Treat: vitamin C (once I built a tolerance to the acid) Acid: The Ordinary - Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% Moisturize: always use spf Other options PAULA'S CHOICE - 10% Azelaic Acid Booster NATURIUM - Azelaic Topical Acid 10% (I have not tried these options (due to the price factor) but have seen amazing results)
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D.Bennett
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Fungal acne routine & getting rid of it forever!
I’ve struggled with malassezia Folliculitis/fungal acne for 6 months.My skin’s improved but you do need patience! Now I breakout occasionally, have redness and pigmentation. Disclaimer: Everyone’s different & this is what I’ve learnt. Leave suggestions below! Treatments: I ruined my gut health and ended getting constant yeast infections which links to malassezia as both are overgrowths of fungus/yeast! I recommend an anti-candida diet. Celery juice, apple cider vinegar in water, probiotics and supplements to boost my immune system all helped. I used Folliculitis scout to search for malassezia-safe products. I’ve used other websites and tbh some of them aren’t accurate or their recommended products broke me out. Every oil (except squalane & MCT), fatty acids and lipids is used by malassezia to grow! Once you eliminate these (which is hard), you can use glycerin or amino acids in your skincare routine and makeup bc they need oil, lipids or fatty acids for malassezia to grow off them. Skin barrier health and moisture is important. Don’t use too many treatments bc your skin will just get sensitive, dry and produce more oils. Also the Nizoral shampoo will ruin your skin barrier even if it kills malassezia off. There are other ways to treat it! Skincare routine: Morning: Benton - Deep Green Tea Toner green tea extract inhibits and combats malassezia. It’s a soothing and moisturising toner/essence. It’s antibacterial properties can target other types of acne too. skinstitut - Vitamin C 100% mix w/moisturiser for pigmentation/scarring Like I'm Five - All Day Soothing Gel Lotion I LOVE THIS. It has xylitol that combats malassezia, glycerin and hyaluronic acid as humectants and panthenol for healing. It’s on iherb for 12 AUD too! A steal! The Ordinary - 100% Plant-Derived Squalane squalane has helped my skin go from oily to normal, hence stopping your skin from over producing sebum where malassezia grows. elta md SKINCARE - UV Clear Broad Spectrum SPF 46 have had a hard time finding a good sunscreen this is one of the few malassezia safe sunscreens. Helps with hyper pigmentation. Nighttime: BIODERMA - Sensibio H2O Soothing Micellar Cleansing Water have tried others and always go back to this. Tried MCT oil, it’s malassezia-safe but oil cleansing is time consuming for me personally. ETUDE - Soon Jung, pH 6.5 Whip Cleanser I’ve tried vanicream but this massively changed my skin. facetheory - PoreBright Serum N10 only use on problem areas 2x a week. Salicylic & azelaic combats malassezia. Or AZCLEAR - Medicated Lotion Benton - Deep Green Tea Toner Like I'm Five - All Day Soothing Gel Lotion The Ordinary - 100% Plant-Derived Squalane
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Terpsihori
Review my routine! 🧖🏻‍♀️🧴
Love this tag #reviewmyroutine ✨ Excited to share with the community the products that work for me. I’ve included both my morning and nighttime routine. Can’t wait to review everyone’s 👀🖤 A lot of Facetheory because it’s such an amazing brand with simple yet effective products. I have most of their line and love it all so much. I 10/10 recommend this company!
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Azelaic Acid Is The Most Under Appreciated Acid
Azelaic Acid Is The Most Under Appreciated Acid
Azelaic acid isn’t talked about nearly enough. It’s not an AHA, nor a BHA, but it’s still a gentle exfoliant and so many other things. Let’s talk about why this acid helped my sensitive, combo skin have less acne and fade the dark spots dramatically. • Exfoliant: Acids, at a high enough concentration, dissolve the glue that holds dead skin cells together, allowing them be sloughed off while you cleanse or against your pillow as you sleep. Using them throughout the week helps to keep skin tone bright and smooth, plus can help with fading discoloration such as PIH, hyperpigmentation, and dark spots. Azelaic acid isn’t an AHA like glycolic and lactic acid, nor is it a BHA like salicylic acid. It’s a dicarboxylic acid and is a... • Melanin Inhibitor: Azelaic acid’s biggest feature as a hyperpigmentation fading ingredient is it’s ability to suppress melanin synthesis! This will help not only help lighten current dark spots, but also should help in preventing them from forming. It’s been the best ingredient for my hyperpigmentation, hands down: I saw distinct fading of dark spots within 2 weeks. There’s a reason I’ve been using it for 3 months now! • Antioxidant: Yeah, azelaic acid is amazing. It not only lightens hyperpigmentation and smooths texture, but also reduces skin damage preventatively by fighting off free radicals that would break down collagen. It also soothes skin wonderfully thanks to the anti-inflammatory aspect of its antioxidant status, making it a very gentle exfoliant. • Antimicrobial: Last but not least, azelaic acid is antimicrobial. That means it stops the growth of microorganisms- and it’s actually already produced by healthy yeast on our skin, so it’s not killing the good bacteria, just the variety that cause acne and such. This makes it legitimately amazing for people struggling with acne- whenever I apply this to a breakout in the morning, the blemishes are much less red and a bit smaller by evening. Azelaic acid been a miracle find for me and I now understand why it’s often prescribed by dermatologists. I personally prefer PAULA'S CHOICE - 10% Azelaic Acid Booster , but due to its small (but still possibly irritating to those with rosacea) salicylic acid content I also like to mention The Ordinary - Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% , whose only negative feature is the siliconey texture.
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Skinsitive
10% Azelaic Acid Booster
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Amazing Yet Underrated: Azelaic Acid Suspension
Amazing Yet Underrated: Azelaic Acid Suspension
Alright, let’s be honest; I feel like a majority of people that are into skincare know about the Ordinary. It is a brand that has been getting a lot of exposure lately because of its affordable prices with great quality products. Their serums (niacinamide, hyaluronic acid) are one of the most popular products from the line. Although I own and love these serums, there is a product that I came across and bought that has helped my skin tremendously over the past few months. This product is the Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%; it is defined as a “multifunctional brightening formula.” This suspension is so well rounded and can treat various skin concerns. Azelaic acid is an antioxidant that helps with dark spots, pores, and redness; and although I don’t suffer from acne, I heard that this ingredient helps a lot with the healing process of acne scarring. Lastly, it’s super lightweight and makes my skin feel very soft! Even though this product is great for all skin types, I would do a skin patch test if you have sensitive skin (considering the fact that it is a direct acid). If your skin does not react well to the suspension, it could lead to skin irritation so be careful. But aside from that, I think that the Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% can benefit anyone and it’s only about 8 dollars! I use it only at night, but it’s gentle enough to be applied twice a day daily. Just make sure to put on your sunscreen in the daytime :)
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Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%
The Ordinary-Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%
Enlarged Pores, Acne, Dull Skin?
Enlarged Pores, Acne, Dull Skin?
When it comes to congestion, acne, blackheads, and dullness, there are a lot of tips and a lot of products that promise smooth, clear skin. So let me simplify why I love these three ingredients for this myriad of issues. • Alpha Hydroxy Acid: Glycolic, lactic, citric, tartaric, mandelic, and malic acid melt the intercellular glue that holds dead skin cells together to your skin’s surface, helping along the skin’s natural shedding process to reveal a smoother, brighter complexion. They’re considered hydrating, since they love water. AHAs offer mainly surface exfoliation, helping with uneven texture and dullness. • Beta Hydroxy Acid: Salicylic acid is the most common BHA, working similarly to AHAs in that they unglue dead skin cells to renew skin’s appearance. It is also oil-soluble, easily passing through sebum to allow BHAs to get into pores for deep exfoliation and normalization of the pore lining. This helps to reduce and prevent congestion, enlarged pores, and acne. • Niacinamide: A water-soluble precursor to two skin compounds that allow skin to repair damage, function normally, and make new skin cells. Topical application of niacinamide not only soothes current inflammation, but also increases the skin’s ability to neutralize free radicals, preventing future irritation and collagen breakdown, making it an awesome ingredient for aging and/or sensitive skin. Another anti-aging and sensitivity bonus: niacinamide helps increase ceramide production, strengthening the lipid barrier and allowing it to retain moisture more effectively. For acne prone folks, there have been two very promising and substantiating studies that show that 4% Niacinamide applied twice daily is as effective for moderate acne as 1% clindamycin. That’s impressive! As well, niacinamide application inhibits oil production, contributing to its skill for keeping pores minimized in appearance as well as reducing acne.
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no pores, oil, or acne
no pores, oil, or acne
the product: THE inkey LIST - The Pore Wonders Set the rating: 5/5 (can you say value and effectiveness!) ingredients: squalene oil, retinol, beta hydroxy acid, niacinamide the benefits: oil control, hydration, acne reduction, increased skin cell turnover the results: i have very oily, acne prone skin that loves the ingredients in this set! the niacinamide in the morning keeps my face from getting slick and helps calm my skin. the beta hydroxy acid at night has reduced my hormonal acne quite a bit and also cuts shine. the squalene oil is great for keeping moisture in my skin during these winter months. and the retinol is helping the hyperpigmentation scars left by my acne. (this takes time to use, i have another retinol as well!) the price: $35 for four full sized products that will last 3-4 months. you bet
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Today’s post is on a product I use for acne! This PAULA'S CHOICE - Antioxidant Pore Purifier is packed with incredible ingredients and always helps my breakouts and also helps prevent them! I have combo skin right now, as well as acne prone. My undereyes, nose, and chin get super dry, while my cheeks and forehead are normal (not dry or oily.) I get breakouts around my mouth (hormonal and dairy hahah) and on my T zone mostly. Claims: — clear pores of daily debris and pollution — brightens skin — keeps skin looking younger Key ingredients: — antioxidants — salicylic acid — azaleic acid — vitamin c — niacinamide My thoughts: — lightweight serum, not watery but a bit thicker than normal serums — kind of refines my pores, and I know that pores don’t really disappear, but between this and the BHA they make, my pores are looking smaller than ever. — my acne and oil production goes down significantly when I use this regularly, and my skin looks brighter! — I hate the packaging on their serums, I know that sounds crazy but I hate the squeeze tube and it comes out so slowly! And then I have to screw the top back on and it’s just inconvenient. — this is on sale right now for about $26, so I would totally pick it up if I needed a refill! I really like how my skin feels when I use this and I like knowing that PC is protecting my skin all around.
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battle of the acne serums!
battle of the acne serums!
✨ the lineup SEPHORA COLLECTION - Clear Skin Days by Clarifying Serum vs REVOLUTION - Targeted Blemish Serum 2% Salicylic Acid vs THE inkey LIST - Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA) Blemish + Blackhead Serum ✨ My winner: Clear Skin Days Clarifying Serum while these three products are super similar and interchangeable (i have owned all three!) this serum wins because it is Vegan, Clean, uses only active and healthy ingredients, and gives you the most amount of product for the least amount of money. I would still recommend all three for anyone struggling with acne! Breakdown of Chosing ✨ the ingredients Clear Skin Days: BHA (salicylic acid) and hyaluronic acid, clean certified (4/5) Revolution: BHA (salicylic acid) and witch hazel, not vegan or leaping bunny certified (3/5) Inkey List: BHA (salicylic acid), hyaluronic acid, zinc, clean certified (5/5) Inkey List and Revolution tie! ✨ product use Clear Skin Days: clear serum, easy to rub in, no fragrance (5/5) Revolution: clear serum, goes white when rubbed on skin, have to wait for it to set in, no fragrance (3/5) Inkey list: clear serum, easy to rub in, no fragrance (5/5) Clear skin days and Inkey list tie! ✨price Clear skin days: $12 for 1.76 oz; $6.82/oz Revolution: $11 for 1 oz Inkey List: $10.99 for 1 oz Clear skin days is the cheapest and gives you the most product for your buck!
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