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Azelaic Acid

Azelaic acid is found naturally in grains such as barley, wheat and rye, but can also be produced commercially in the lab. It has several benefits in skincare including as an anti-inflammatory, with evidence showing great results in treating rosacea symptoms (swelling & redness) via this mechanism. Azelaic also has an anti-blemish activity - firstly, it is an antibacterial which works to kill acne-causing bacteria, P.Acnes. Secondly, it prevents pores becoming blocked by the skin’s natural shedding process, which makes it harder for this bacteria to populate inside the pore to cause a blemish (it needs an oxygen-free environment to thrive). Studies have also shown azelaic acid to inhibit melanogenesis (production of melanin), so also has benefits in treating hyperpigmentation and post-inflammatory acne scarring. It has good skin tolerability, so can be used to treat more sensitive skin types in concentrations of around 10%. It is a family of ingredients, the other ingredient including Potassium Azeloyl Diglycinate.

What is Azelaic Acid?

Azelaic acid is a naturally occurring acid derived from grains, such as wheat, barley, and rye. It is used in skincare for its multifunctional properties, including its ability to brighten the skin, reduce hyperpigmentation, reduce redness, and address acne-prone skin.

What does Azelaic Acid do?

Azelaic acid has antibacterial properties making it a good supplementary ingredient in the treatment of acne. It has anti-inflammatory properties making it a very effective treatment for rosacea, redness, and acne inflammation, and It has mild exfoliating properties and interferes with the melanin production process in the skin making it an effective ingredient for brightening and evening out the skin.

Who is Azelaic Acid good for?

If any of the following apply Azelaic Acid might be a good option for you:



Enlarged Pores


Post Blemish Marks





Who should avoid Azelaic Acid?

If any of the following apply it might be best to avoid Azelaic Acid:

Gluten Allery

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