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Healthy Skin is Happy Skin
August 25, 2019
Acne is such an emotionally tolling issue that plagues so many of us. However finding a great option that wont leave your skin dry, red and irritated can be even harder to find. Most traditional over-the-counter and prescription acne products contain Benzoyl Peroxide. If you have tried this, you know that your acne may or may not start to clear but you also become as dry as a prune.
There are actually quite a few people who have an allergy to Benzoyl Peroxide. In high school it was awful, dealing with acne and slowly realizing that I was developing an allergic reaction to benzoyl peroxide (a common over-the-counter acne treatment), it left me very little options for over-the-counter care. As I became older, my acne started to fade and I slowly developed rosacea, another annoying skin condition where you develop redness and pimples on the cheeks, forehead and chin. That’s when I was introduced to an ingredient called Azelaic Acid! This changed my life, and Azelaic Acid then became my savior. It helped me with my acne, rosacea and the dark spots that I developed from the acne. But unfortunately as most products do, it had propylene glycol and some other harsh chemicals in it, yuck.
After graduating, once I began practicing, I realized another issue, if I wanted a patient to have an Azelaic Acid based medication, it would be such a process. I would have to jump through all these hoops just to try to get a medication covered by the insurance, only for it to be denied. It’s frustrating because there are definitely not a lot of Azelaic Acid based treatment options. That would mean that my patient would simply just not be able to get the medication I wanted them to. And if they face the same issue as me, being allergic to benzoyl peroxide then it was even worse because of the lack of options. So what is Azelaic Acid? Where does it come from? And what does it do? Let’s dive right into it.
What is it?
This is like a hidden gem, it’s definitely not tapped into enough with medications and over-the-counter treatments. Yet, there is so much research just showing its benefits! Even though this is called an “Acid”, don’t be scared, this is very gentle!
Azelaic Acid is actually found naturally. It is a natural by-product of a yeast that is found on our skin. However to reproduce it, we obtain it from grains! Not to worry though, if you did have a grain sensitivity, you wont have an issue.
It can be used to treat Rosacea, Acne and is even given for pregnant women for their acne.
What does it do?
Azelaic Acid can do so much! It’s definitely a powerhouse ingredient and of course I had to put it in my products.
It has been shown to have antibacterial properties! That’s right! Helping to fight off that pesky bacterium that can sometimes lead to those annoying pimples, bumps or imperfections.
It also has anti-inflammatory properties! This means that the redness and puffiness that can be seen with your pimples and bumps can be reduced and flattened. That’s what makes Azelaic Acid so useful in treating people who have rosacea. Believe it or not, it doesn’t stop there. It has been shown to have retinol like properties, which means it can help to clear up blackheads, and reduce pore size by way of gentle exfoliation. For example, It’s great for that Nose of yours with all that gunk and those large pores on it…. YES!
Another benefit ito Azelaic Acid is it has been shown to have tyrosinase inhibiting abilities. This is my favorite part… this means it can help to lighten dark spots! The most annoying part of having a pimple especially if you are of skin of color, is that you develop the never ending dark spot that takes forever to fade, way after that pimple is gone. Azelaic Acid can help to lighten those dark spots by reducing the synthesis of melanin, which is the key aspect responsible for causing the darkness.
In other words, Azelaic Acid is an amazing multifunctional ingredient, working to help in so many aspects of problematic skin. The inflammation, the bacteria, the texture the dullness and the skin brightening aspects, can all be transformed.
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