Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%
Why It's Special“This suspension works miracles. I’m super pale, so redness and scarring are really apparent on my skin. This product helps tone down both, as well as prevent future breakouts from occurring. It doesn’t play well with makeup, so I only use it in the PM, or on days when I’m not wearing makeup at all.”
What It IsAzelaic Acid Suspension 10% from The Ordinary is a multi-functional, brightening cream formula with 10% azelaic acid. This lightweight, cream suspension is great for those looking for solutions for dullness/uneven tone/textural irregularities.
What Else You Need to KnowThis product is vegan, cruelty-free, and formulated without alcohol, nuts, gluten, and fragrance.
Soothing, Exfoliating, Anti-Inflammatory
How is a dark spot formed?
Hyperpigmentation (or dark spots) is something everyone deals with. It can happen at any time to anyone. The most common cause of hyperpigmentation is sun damage but it can also occur from stress, inflammation, acne, or health concerns in general. To understand how a dark spot is formed you have to understand a few terms. Melanocytes are melanin producing cells that are in the bottom layer (you have 5) of your skin’s epidermis (the outer layer above the dermis). Whatever the cause is it triggers hormones to stimulate the melanocyte. This causes the melanocyte to product melanin (pigment). As the melanin travels up the 5 layers of your epidermis it will form a melanin cap as it deposits into the outermost layer. This deposit is what we consider a dark spot. How do we fix this? There are a few ways we can prevent or fix this. Firstly, WEAR SUNSCREEN!!! Protection is key in skincare. Currently I’m using the KINSHIP - Self Reflect Probiotic Moisturzing Sunscreen Zinc Oxide SPF 32 which is a gel probiotic sunscreen. It has a peach tint that goes clear once applied. This mineral sunscreen doesn’t feel heavy or give a white caste making it perfect for all skin tones. It also gives the skin a little bit of a natural glow. With sun damage being the major cause of hyperpigmentation this will be your key player in prevention. Another route to go is exfoliation. I use the The Ordinary - AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution once a week to help shed that outer layer of dead skin. I have other reviews where I go more in depth into this product but for the purpose of this post AHAs will help exfoliate the outer layer of skin which helps to lighten the pigment deposit. This mask is very strong so I would only use it once a week. It should tingle but it shouldn’t burn. Please only follow up with hydrating and sensitive friendly ingredients as your face will be more sensitive after use. And finally you can use skin brightening products. Currently I’m using the GOOD MOLECULES - Discoloration Correcting Serum . This serum highlights a form of tranexamic acid and 4% niacinamide to help brighten the appearance of hyperpigmentation, acne scars, and sun damage. This serum has a little bit of a slip compared to most others I’ve used but once worked into the skin it absorbs nicely. I’ve seen huge results in the brightening of post acne hyperpigmentation. Another amazing option for this is The Ordinary - Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% . This has a cream formula that can be used all over the face or concentrated in certain areas. This this acid helps the skin renew itself more quickly reducing blemish formation. It also kills the bacteria that cause acne. It also contains brightening agents to help with pigmentation. Personally, I think all three should be incorporated into a routine to treat unwanted pigmentation spots but sunscreen and exfoliation are the most important.
The Ordinary-AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution
Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%, 30ml A simple backdrop for a magnificent Acid. I can definitely say that it’s my Holy Grail product of this year. This is my third tube and I think it deserves a good intro. I used it as my last step in my evening routine. It’s a lightweight silicon based cream gel like substance and when applied quickly absorbed and leaves skin matte and powdery soft. It’s great for all skin types but especially for sensitive combination skin types. The small tube would last you probably a month and a half if used once daily. Azelaic Acid (dicarboxylic acid)can be found in grains and is being produced naturally by yeast that lives on normal skin. It also important to not that it also acts as an antioxidant which is a nice benefit on top. It also has anti inflammatory and antibacterial properties. It targets: 🌾 rosacea 🌾closed camedones, blackheads and whiteheads, hormonal break outs 🌾uneven skin tone 🌾hyper pigmentation I would not use other acids in the same routine as this one is enough and you don’t want to overwhelm your skin. Also it should not be used with high concentrations of Vitamin C and Peptides. What I have noticed was reduction of blackheads, closed comedones and redness. It doesn’t give you a glow but who needs that at night😂 when you can wake up to clear face. However, I did notice the events of the skin tone, it also can be because of Vitamin C in my morning routine.
The Ordinary-Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%
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.
PAULA'S CHOICE-10% Azelaic Acid Booster
The Ordinary’s Acids: Simple but Effective
Let’s talk about some of the Ordinary’s acids I’ve used! I love the Ordinary for their simple, affordable formulations that forgo the bad and hyped to instead include scientifically-backed ingredients. But sometimes simplicity can leave something to be desired. The Ordinary - Lactic Acid 10% + HA Super simple, leaves a slight tacky feel but soaks in quickly otherwise. I noticed a subtle smoothing and softening of my skin over my use of this product. Best for those who don’t do well with glycolic acid. The Ordinary - Salicylic Acid 2% Solution This serum does it’s job of deep exfoliation but not very elegantly. While I did see improvement in pore size and acne frequency, the serum takes a while to soak in and left a tacky finish that caused my other products to pill. But it would be a good serum for those looking to try out BHA for acne and congested pores. The Ordinary - Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% I noticed 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. The matte finish is best for oily skin types and I’d recommend it for those who don’t mind silicone. The Ordinary - Salicylic Acid 2% Masque I love this mask! It combines salicylic acids vegetable charcoal, and Amazonian clay with squalane and glycerin to keep the mask from overly drying skin while still targeting congestion. Whenever my acne was terrible, this helped tremendously in shortening the lifespan of blemishes. I can’t recommend this enough for those that struggle with acne around hormonal flares since it’s a good spot-treatment. The Ordinary - Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution This is my favourite The Ordinary acid for multi-day use in the week. It soaks in quickly, is slightly hydrating (moreso than the Lactic Acid + HA, oddly), doesn’t tingle or make my skin red, yet I can see over a couple weeks of use that my skin looks brighter and more even in texture. My only issue with this product that it does leave the skin slightly sticky- like your hands are after you touch something sweet. But there’s no pilling issue, so this is a great acid for those looking to lighten hyperpigmentation and smooth bumpy texture.
The Ordinary-Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%
Ingredient you need to know pt.1
Let’s start with Niacinamide: Skin concerns that this can help : sensitivity, pores, acne, hyperpigmentation and redness What it works well with: • retinoids • N-Acetyl Glucosamine Key Benefits: Anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, regulates sebum production, increases elasticity, increases toleration to retinoids, increases ceramide productions, targets hyperpigmentation, improves enlarged pores, boosts collagen production, reduces ache lesion. It helps with a lot more there is too many to name How it works with different skin concerns: •Barrier boosting : increases ceramide and free fatty acid levels in the stratum corneum • Anti-acne: reduces sebum production and acts as a anti inflammatory agent • Hyperpigmentation: inhibits melanosome transfer from melanocytes to keratinocytes. Risks: along with any other product it does come with risks. This can cause redness/ flushing when the concentration is above 5% Overall, including this ingredient into my skincare has helped my fungal acne on my forehead and the texture of my skin has definitely gotten better. If you have any questions feel free to ask :)
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.
PAULA'S CHOICE-10% Azelaic Acid Booster
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