Azelaic Acid – how and when can be used

Azelaic acid is an organic component naturally found in grains like rye, wheat, and barley, and one that can become your favorite remarkably fast. Although it seems like scientists are still trying to figure out how exactly this ingredient works, it’s commonly believed that it blocks the production of proteins necessary for the survival of bacteria.

You can often find azelaic acid listed in many cosmetic products for hair and skincare. That’s mostly due to the many properties this ingredient has and its fighting power against different concerns.

Mild to moderate acne

The antibacterial properties of azelaic acid can help kill bacteria that cause mild to moderate acne. In case you are experiencing a more severe type of acne, it is recommended that you seek professional medical advice. In most cases, such ingredients are not strong enough to treat severe acne.

Hyperpigmentation and post-acne marks

This type of acid acts as a leave-in exfoliant that helps remove dead skin cells and help accelerate your skin’s reaction time – which reduces significantly the time your skin needs to heal.

Textural irregularities and lack of luminosity

Azelaic acid can help decongest your skin from those little bumps and unwanted texture, leaving you with smooth and glowy skin.

Rosacea (red, inflamed areas)

Besides all the properties mentioned above, this ingredient also makes for a great anti-inflammatory solution that helps reduce the factors that cause sensitivity. In combination with a good moisturizer, you can start to see amazing results pretty fast, especially if you are experiencing signs of rosacea.



The most popular and affordable product that features this acid as the main star is The Ordinary Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%. This product can be applied daily, preferably in the PM, and it is recommended that you use an SPF during the day.

Azelaic acid can have side effects as well, so it is essential that you patch test it before introducing it into your routine. Apply a small quantity in a less visible area and wait a few days to make sure you don’t develop any allergies.

the ordinary azelaic acid


Although one of the roles of azelaic acid is to exfoliate, it is quite different from AHA’s and BHA’s. When it comes to proper exfoliation, a product like The Ordinary Peeling Solution is definitely a stronger option. Still, Azelaic Acid has different properties that make it safe for daily use and a better product for treating other conditions.

What I want to say with this: if your skin is not sensitive, you can still use your more potent exfoliant once a week. Just keep in mind that it is recommended to keep your skin calm and irritation free during treatment with Azelaic Acid.

First make sure that your skin is properly cleansed and that you removed all your makeup, and then apply a small amount of Azelaic Acid to your face, avoiding the eye and mouth area. If your skincare routine consists of more products, apply your water-based formulas before Azelaic Acid and your more dense, heavier treatments after.

If you are experiencing one or more of the issues I’ve mentioned before, I think you should give this product a try. It has amazing reviews, it does wonders for my skin and you may love it just as much.

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‘Till next time,




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