What is Azelaic Acid?
Azelaic acid is found naturally in grains like barley, rye, and wheat. It contains anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties, making it a great treatment for skin conditions like rosacea and acne.
What does Azelaic Acid Treat?
Azelaic acid can be used to prevent future outbreaks and cleanse your skin of the bacteria that causes acne. It is available in gel, foam, and cream forms. Azelaic acid reduced inflammation, making acne less noticeable. Also, it helps the skin to heal more quickly and minimizes scarring.
Some people use this medication to reduce the appearance of acne scars, as well as controlling active outbreaks. Azelaic acid is also used to treat other skin conditions like:
- Since azelaic acid prevents melanin synthesis, it stops discolored skin cells from populating.
- Azelaic acid reduces inflammation and can improve the appearance of swelling and visible blood vessels caused by rosacea.
- Skin Lightening. Azelaic acid may be used to lighten patchy or blotchy areas of the skin.
How to Use Azelaic Acid
Begin by washing the affected area and pat dry. Wash your hands before applying the medication. Apply a small amount of the medication and gently rub it in and allow it to dry completely. After the medication has dried you may apply your normal cosmetics. It is best to avoid using astringents or deep-cleansing cleansers while using this medication.
Precautions and Side Effects
When using this product, you should always wear sunscreen and avoid excessive sun exposure. This product will make your skin more sensitive and prone to sun damage.
Common side effects include:
- Burning or tingling
- Peeling skin
- Dryness or redness
Although less common, these side effects may occur:
- Flaking or blistering skin
- Hives and itching
- Irritation and swelling
- Tightness or pain in the joints
- Difficulty breathing
If you experience any of these uncommon side effects, stop using the product and contact your doctor immediately.
Azelaic Acid for Acne and Hyperpigmentation
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