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
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Paula’s Choice Review
It has been two weeks since I have incorporated Paul's Choice into my routine and I think that it is time that I give you guys an honest review on the products that I have been using! I found Paul's Choice on Cherie. I feel in love with everyone positive review and I knew I needed to get my hands on their products. PAULA'S CHOICE - Niacinamide 20% Treatment : I LOVE this product! When I learned that Paul's Choice had a 20% version, I was instantly sold. When I first started using this product 2 weeks ago, I was experiencing some cystic acne on my chin. I though to myself there is no way that this product is going to help heal this! I am glad to say that I was wrong! This product helped to clear my cystic acne and I have expereinced minimized pores on my nose and chin! This product has reduced my sebum production and I am experiencing less pimples and I am not an oil slick all the time! PAULA'S CHOICE - 1% Retinol Treatment with Peptides + Vitamin C : This is another amazing product that I love from this brand. I love that Paul's Choice retinol is a light lotion and not a serum. It sinks into my skin beautifully in comparison to a serum! Since using this product I have noticed visibly refined pores. PAULA'S CHOICE - 10% Azelaic Acid Booster : This is another product that I could not pass up from buying! I love that this product is lightweight and non-greasy. I actually mix this product into my moisturizer and then apply it to my face and neck. So far I have seen a reduction in the appearance of blemishes that I have on my face and fading of some post-breakout marks! PAULA'S CHOICE - Resist Anti-Aging Eye Gel This product is not pictured because i returned it. I am giving this product a 2 star rating because my skin reacted to this product. Upon application it was cooling to my under eyes and then it burned very badly. I first use the product during my nightly routine and the burning did not stop until the next night even after washing the product off of my under eye. I am disappointed that my skin reacted to this product because I was excited to incorporate an eye cream into my routine. I experience dark circles and fine lines under my eyes. I was hoping this eye cream would correct this! I hope to find an eye cream that my skin is compatible with soon. I feel that these three products so far have contribute to my skin clearing up! I have been in an endless cycle of buying so many products that have not worked for my skin. I am glad that I did not give up because if I did I would not have found Paul's Choice! I would recommend these products to anyone who are looking to target minimization of pores, and reduction of blemish appearances!
Let’s first start with a major component in “preventing” pigmentation which is sunscreen. It prevents photo damage that leads to brown spots and post- inflammatory hyperpigmentation. My absolute favorite sunscreen and the one I have been using personally for 10 years is elta md SKINCARE - UV Clear Broad Spectrum SPF 46 Retinoids- They work by increasing the rate of cell turnover. It helps to fade dark spots, acne marks, melasma, sun spots, and liver spots. Just be careful since retinoids can also cause irritation and redness, you don’t want to cause any more pigmentation to your skin. A good over the counter retinoid is DIFFERIN - 0.1% Adapalene Acne Treatment Gel Pump which once used to be a prescription, is now available over the counter. Glycolic acid- A popular ingredient used in many skincare products because it works so well at reducing discoloration, getting rid of dead skin cells, and creating new skin cells. It keeps pores clean and reduces hyperpigmentation. A favorite, super affordable, and one I also use personally is The Ordinary - Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution Be careful because it may not be suitable for all especially sensitive and darker skin types. Azelaic acid- Believed to work just as good as hydroquinone. It speeds up cell turnover and reduces inflammation. A great acid for all skin types and even safe to use during pregnancy. A great option is PAULA'S CHOICE - 10% Azelaic Acid Booster I love adding a drop or two to my moisturizer. Vitamin c- A holy grail ingredient for many and myself. A vital component of any skincare routine. Vitamin C works a lot like retinol, inhibiting the production of melanin. Not only does it lighten dark spots, it helps to brighten your complexion. Vitamin C helps to prevent hyperpigmentation, and is most helpful when used in the AM. My absolute favorite hands down is SKINCEUTICALS - C E Ferulic With 15% L-Ascorbic Acid Vitamin C Serum I have yet to find me a better vitamin c serum. Kojic acid- This also like retinol and vitamin c reduces the production of melanin. This ingredient is also a favorite in products because of how well it works to even skin tone, treat acne and acne marks. A favorite product SKINCEUTICALS - Phyto + Hydrating Botanical Serum With Kojic Acid Alpha Arbutin- it works by decreasing the activity of melanocytes. Alpha Arbutin is known to safely and visibly brighten skin and fade pigmentation. It reduces melanin formation, improves appearance of age spots, freckles, melasma, and post inflammatory pigmentation. An amazing and affordable product is THE inkey LIST - Alpha Arbutin Brightening Serum It is a great simple formulation, and super affordable. Incorporate one or more of these ingredients into your skincare routine to achieve great results in reducing pigmentation
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What is Rosacea?
Hey Beauty’s 🙋🏽♀️ I wanted to highlight Rosacea which affects 16 million Americans and 415 million people around the World 🌎 Mayo Clinic say, it’s a common skin condition that causes redness and visible blood vessels in your face. It may also produce small, red, pus-filled bumps. These signs and symptoms may flare up for weeks to months and then go away for a while. Rosacea can be mistaken for acne, other skin problems or natural ruddiness. Health line say, the cause of rosacea is still unknown, and there is no cure although Mayo Clinic list a number of reasons (highlighted in my infographic) that cause the condition. 🧐 Topical Treatment: An article in Australian Prescriber say, treatment starts with general measures which include gentle skin cleansing, photoprotection and avoidance of exacerbating factors such as changes in temperature, ultraviolet light, stress, alcohol and some foods. Specific topical treatments include: 🧚♀️ Metronidazole, Rozex Metronidazol Gel is a topical antibiotic gel for treatment of rosacea 🧚♀️ Azelaic acid, a superstar ingredient with antibacterial, skin cell regulating, anti inflammatory and is especially useful for acne-prone or rosacea-prone skin types (in concentration 10% and 🆙 The Ordinary - Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% has the right strength of Azelaic acid. 😄 🧚♀️ Laser therapy may also be beneficial 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 If you have any questions just leave me a comment below. Have a wonderful day! Jade 😃
Game to determine what acids you should use!
I have been getting some comments asking what kind of acids you should use based on your skin type and I have been trying to do my best to help you guys out but I just saw this great post by @beautycasion_by_shurti which will really help anyone who has questions about this out, please go check that out. Products I recommend based on this chart: If you have dry skin and have acne: The Ordinary - Salicylic Acid 2% Solution Or The Ordinary - Salicylic Acid 2% Masque With The Ordinary - Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution If you have dry skin and no acne: The Ordinary - Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution If you have sensitive skin and acne: The Ordinary - Mandelic Acid 10% + HA OrThe Ordinary - Lactic Acid 5% + HA With The Ordinary - Salicylic Acid 2% Solution Or The Ordinary - Salicylic Acid 2% Masque If you have sensitive skin and no acne: The Ordinary - Mandelic Acid 10% + HA Or The Ordinary - Lactic Acid 5% + HA If you have oily skin and acne: The Ordinary - Salicylic Acid 2% Solution Or The Ordinary - Salicylic Acid 2% Masque With The Ordinary - Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution If you have oily skin and no acne: The Ordinary - Salicylic Acid 2% Masque Or The Ordinary - Salicylic Acid 2% Solution If you have conbination or normal skin than you should use and acid of the skin type you are closed to, all of these products will work for you. If you find your self really struggling from acne then you can also add The Ordinary - Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%
Azelaic Acid: You Need This In Your Routine
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.
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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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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
THE inkey LIST-The Pore Wonders Set
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!
THE inkey LIST-Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA) Blemish + Blackhead Serum
HOW I FIGHT ACNE WITH MY SKINCARE ROUTINE
Acne comes from so many different reasons. But generally there are a few tricks that really help to prevent and treat them. SALICYLIC ACID: PAULA'S CHOICE - Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliator Known for: combating whiteheads & blackheads by penetrating into the pores of the skin and unclogging them This exfoliating toner is amazing at preventing future breakouts because it’s so effective at unclogging pores and keeping them clear. My blackheads have also diminished so much since using this toner and I definitely can’t turn back. It’s quite strong so even I don’t use it every day and night. I’ll take it out only when I feel like my skin is getting congested (around 1-2x a week). AZELAIC ACID: PAULA'S CHOICE - 10% Azelaic Acid Booster Known for: gently exfoliating the surface and refining texture of the skin This is a great booster to mix in with moisturizer whenever I feel like my skin is breaking out a lot and very congested. It’s not super strong especially mixed into the last step of my skincare routine but definitely helps to smooth texture. RETINOL: SKINCEUTICALS - Retinol 0.5 Retinol Night Cream Known for: speeding up our skin’s natural cell turnover to reveal newer and clearer skin I’ve used a retinol for more than a year now and I’ve seen the biggest improvement in my skin regarding breakouts and texture. I use it as the last step of my skincare routine every other day now and it’s just a great way to keep my skin healthy over the longterm. NIACINAMIDE: THE inkey LIST - Niacinamide Oil Control Serum Known for: helping to control oil production by renewing and restoring the surface of the skin against moisture loss Especially with living in a humid climate currently, my skin has been freaking out a lot. But this serum helps so much with promoting my skin to be balanced and self-regulating. My T-zone doesn’t get as oily but doesn’t feel dry either! SUNSCREEN: SKINCEUTICALS - Physical Fusion Uv Defense SPF 50 Okay sunscreen doesn’t DIRECTLY correlate with breakouts, although, there are definitely some that can cause breakouts for some people, mainly physical ones (so find one that doesn’t break you out)! This sunscreen doesn’t break me out and in fact helps with my skin durinf breakouts so much because it protects my skin from hyperpigmentation! The scarring that comes after a breakout can be just as annoying as the breakout itself but sunscreen helps so much to speed up the recovering and healing process! Do you have more tips for preventing breakouts to share?
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Niacinamide: My Favourite Ingredient
Niacinamide is one of my all-time favourite ingredients and it’s really not talked about enough. Niacinamide is proving to be a power player in skincare, managing to soothe inflammation, reduce redness, control oil production, minimize the appearance of enlarged pores, even skin tone, improve texture, improve the appearance of fine lines, and improve skin radiance. It’s truly such a multi-faceted ingredient and I recommend it in all routines! Here are my experiences with some popular niacinamide serums: • The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% was my first niacinamide serum. It played a huge role in transforming my skin from oily to normal/combo. It also helped tons with my acne... until it didn’t. The zinc in this formulation is hit-or-miss, being a hit for most! But I found myself in the small population of the miss category, my skin reacting poorly to prolonged use. I still recommend folks wanting to try niacinamide on a budget give it a try at $5.90USD for 30mL and $10.60 for 60mL. •THE inkey LIST - Niacinamide Oil Control Serum came next, its $6.99/30mL price tag making it a good zinc-free budget alternative. This product utilizes niacinamide in a base of glycerin, squalane, and hyaluronic acid, focusing on light hydration alongside the touted oil control. The lip does get a bit clogged with crystallized product, but the applicator is convenient for travel. I enjoyed this serum, but the ingredient list is a bit basic. • PAULA'S CHOICE - 10% Niacinamide Booster , at $44.00 per 20mL... I was hesitant to purchase this serum. But I’ve got two back-ups of this serum on the way, if that says anything about how “worth it” it is. It helped reduce the appearance of the sebaceous filaments on my chin, forehead, and the bridge of my nose, plus I experience less irritation from altering my skin routine than I normally would... and I find my skin just feels bouncy after I apply this serum- perhaps an effect of the absolutely stacked INCI list! Whereas the other formulas are bare bones, PC packs in CoQ10, vitamin c, and allantoin, boosting its anti-aging and soothing properties. If you can afford it, I’d give it a try! Its pore-minimizing results alone will keep me repurchasing.
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