When you think of treating acne scars and rosacea, azelaic acid might not be the first ingredient that comes to your mind. It is a naturally occurring acid derived from grains and cereals. It’s one of the dermatologist’s choices due to its mildness and variability. Keep reading to know more about its effectiveness for acne-prone and rosacea-prone skin.
It penetrates deep into the skin and removes dead cells from the skin. These dead cells play a role in clogging pores which leads to acne.
It has anti-bacterial activity. According to NYC-based dermatologist Francesa Fusco, this activity is bactericidal, i.e. Propionibacterium related acnes.
Azelaic acid is helpful to treat secondary infections due to rosacea. As skin becomes sensitive in rosacea, that why it’s a less irritating option for rosacea.
It’s a safe option for rosacea during pregnancy, says Fusco. It’s good to consult your gynecologist before using it in pregnancy.
How to use Azelaic Acid?
Apply a pea-size OTC or prescription product on a clean and dry area twice a day. If you have sensitive skin, apply it once daily. To make azelaic acid more effective, apply alpha-hydroxy acids (glycolic or lactic acid) or beta-hydroxy acids (salicylic acid) or retinol before applying azelaic acids. Then moisturize your face to keep hydrated. Always remember to use sunscreen during day time.
About the writer: Dr. Iqra Mubashar is a registered Pharmacist originally from Pakistan, Lahore. She has earned her pharmacy degree from the University of veterinary and animal sciences, Lahore. She has completed her internship as a trainee from Children hospital, Lahore. She has completed her research work in clinical pharmacy and pharmaceutics. She has worked as a healthcare documentation head in Al-Qasim enterprises, Islamabad. She has specialized in prescription handling, drug information, literature research, patient counseling, and pharmaceutical care plan. Her research work on coronavirus is under publication.