Ingredient to Love: Azelaic Acid for Acne or Hyperpigmentation

azelaic acid

We’ve mentioned it before, but we really do love azelaic acid when it;s combined with other anti-inflammatory ingredients for clearing acne breakouts, keeping bacteria at bay and even balancing hyperpigmented areas.

Azelaic acid is a saturated dicarboxylic acid found in wheat, rye and barley but also forms as a natural substance that lives on normal skin. This acid works as a natural antiseptic that is very effective in killing bacteria on the skin. As a skincare ingredient, it is used to clear the bumps, lesions, and swelling caused by some forms of rosacea and acne. It works as a natural antiseptic, killing the bacteria that infect pores and decreasing production of keratin (a natural substance that can lead to the development of acne if overproduced.)

Azelaic Acid as a Substitute for Hydroquinone?

This naturally occurring acid reduces melanin production by acting as a tyrosinase inhibitor (which means that it calms to production of pigment in the skin gently.) It also suppresses abnormal melanocytes without disturbing normal pigmentation in the skin.

A 24-week study in South America found that a 20% concentration of azelaic acid was equivalent to 2% hydroquinone in the treatment of melasma. A study in the Philippines found that 20% azelaic acid was superior to 2% hydroquinone. Some individuals who develop irritation on hydroquinone may tolerate azelaic acid. Recent safety concerns regarding hydroquinone, whether substantiated or not, make azelaic acid a more attractive skin lightening alternative for melasma and some other hyperpigmentation disorders.   -reported by

Find this great ingredient in DNA Skin’s MediClear Acne Serum!

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