Why You Need to Try Azelaic Acid if You Have Sensitive, Acne Prone Skin

January 07, 2022
Genesis Rivas
By: Genesis Rivas | skincare.com by L'Oréal
Why You Need to Try Azelaic Acid if You Have Sensitive, Acne Prone Skin

If you’re trying to get rid of acne, your skincare shelf is probably loaded with products that contain salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide. And while these are two great ingredients that work to treat different types of acne and prevent new breakouts from forming, they can be irritating to certain skin types. As an alternative, try incorporating azelaic acid into your routine. We tapped Dr. Naissan O. Wesley, a board-certified dermatologist and Skincare.com consultant, to learn more about this ingredient.  


What Is Azelaic Acid?

According to Dr. Wesley, azelaic acid is a naturally occuring acid found in grains like wheat, oats, barley and rye. Azelaic acid can be found in a range of topical skincare products such as cleansers, serums, spot treatments and exfoliators. 


What Are the Skincare Benefits of Azelaic Acid? 

Azelaic acid has multiple skincare benefits. It works to exfoliate clogged pores and has been used to target discoloration. Also, unlike other skincare acids, it’s a bit more gentle at higher concentrations making it tolerable for many skin types, according to Dr. Wesley. 

How to Incorporate Azelaic Acid Into Your Routine

You can find azelaic acid in over-the-counter skincare products or in a prescription strength formula recommended by a dermatologist. We recommend incorporating it into your routine by using a daily serum. For example, the SkinCeuticals Custom D.O.S.E is professional service that offers a customized serum made just for your skin type and includes high potency ingredients, like azelaic acid, to target your specific concerns. If you’re unable to schedule an appointment, try the Arbonne SuperCalm Skin Relief Serum with Tiger Grass Blend.



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