Redness-prone skin can be a frustrating and uncomfortable skin condition to manage. Common causes of redness include rosacea, acne, and sensitivity to environmental factors such as temperature and sun exposure. Fortunately, there are several ingredients available that can help soothe redness-prone skin, including azelaic acid. In this article, we’ll explore the benefits of azelaic acid for redness-prone skin, how it works, how to incorporate it into your skincare routine, and potential side effects.

Azelaic acid is a naturally occurring dicarboxylic acid that has been used for many years in the treatment of rosacea and acne. It is a multifunctional ingredient that has anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and keratolytic properties, making it an excellent choice for those with redness-prone skin.

Anti-inflammatory Properties

Inflammation is a significant contributor to redness-prone skin. Azelaic acid has been shown to reduce inflammation by suppressing the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines, which are responsible for triggering inflammation. By reducing inflammation, azelaic acid helps to calm redness and soothe irritated skin.

Reduction of Rosacea Symptoms

Rosacea is a chronic skin condition characterized by persistent redness, papules, and pustules on the face. Azelaic acid is a common treatment for rosacea and has been shown to reduce both the number of papules and pustules as well as the severity of redness.

Improvement of Skin Texture and Tone

Azelaic acid has keratolytic properties, meaning it helps to exfoliate the skin and remove dead skin cells. By doing so, it can improve skin texture and tone, leaving the skin smoother, brighter, and more even-toned.

Minimization of Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation

Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) is a common skin condition that occurs after an inflammatory response, such as acne or eczema. Azelaic acid has been shown to reduce the production of melanin, which can help to minimize the appearance of PIH.

How Azelaic Acid Works for Redness-Prone Skin

Azelaic acid works in several ways to soothe redness-prone skin. Firstly, it inhibits the production of melanin, which is responsible for pigmentation and can contribute to redness and uneven skin tone. Secondly, it has anti-bacterial properties that can help to reduce the bacteria responsible for acne and folliculitis. Finally, it has anti-inflammatory properties that help to reduce redness and irritation.

How to Incorporate Azelaic Acid into Your Skincare Routine

Azelaic acid is available in a variety of formulations, including creams, gels, and serums. When incorporating azelaic acid into your skincare routine, it’s important to start slowly.

Start with a patch test to ensure you don’t experience any adverse reactions. Once you know your skin tolerates the product, try using Azelaic acid every other night. The way to use it is by washing your face, patting dry then applying a pea size all over the face and neck, follow by a hydrating moisturizer. If you aren’t experiencing irritation gradually increase the usage if you use it during the daytime make sure you apply sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30.

You can also consider using azelaic acid alongside other skincare ingredients, such as niacinamide or vitamin C, to boost its effectiveness.

If you have sensitive skin, please do not combine Azelaic acid with hydroxy acids, benzoyl peroxide and retinoids, this combination can be irritating to the skin.

Potential Side Effects of Azelaic Acid

Azelaic acid is generally considered safe and well-tolerated, but like any skincare ingredient, it can cause side effects in some people. Common side effects include itching, burning, and stinging, but these are usually mild and go away on their own.

Give it a try.

If you are interested in trying Azelaic acid and you are a client of Jeune et Jolie spa, please reach out and ask us for a sample of our recommended 10% Azelaic acid serum. We will be very happy to help. 

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