The Ordinary Azelaic Acid

The Ordinary Azelaic Acid
The Instagram polls ran for 24 hours and here are the results. 75% of the Deciem Addicts love The Ordinary Azelaic Acid

If you’re wondering what people truly think about The Ordinary Azelaic Acid, then you have found the right page. These polls are by the Deciem Addicts, the people who have bought, tried and tested the product. You can come and join the Facebook Group for more reviews and please feel free to leave your own thoughts and comments.

  • What is The Ordinary Azelaic Acid?
  • What does The Ordinary Azelaic Acid do?
  • Which products do Azelaic Acid conflict with?
  • How and when do I use Azelaic Acid?
  • Reviews of The Ordinary Azelaic Acid.
  • Similar products to Azelaic Acid.
  • Price of Azelaic Acid 6.90$ US/CA/ 7.20€ / 13.90$AUD

What Is The Ordinary Azelaic Acid & What Does It Do?

Azelaic acid is naturally found in grains such as barley and rye, however, it can also be produced naturally by a type of yeast that lives naturally on the skin. Azelaic Acid is a dicarboxylic acid, not an AHA or BHA. It’s a natural substance and quite an intriguing one when you read all the different skin conditions it can target. For more in-depth information about The Ordinary Azelaic Acid and ingredients, please check The Ordinary website.

There are many reasons to use Azelaic Acid in your regimen as it brightens the skin tone, improve the evenness of skin texture and reduces the look of blemishes. It’s also often used to help with rosacea and acne too as well as acting as an antioxidant. This formula offers a very high 10% concentration of high-purity Azelaic Acid in a lightweight cream-gel system. Azelaic Acid is an amazing ingredient which is well worth reading up on and comes in different forms by other brands and available on prescription too.

Deciem’s Simple Explanation

For inexperienced users of direct acids, Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% is an excellent choice. Azelaic Acid is naturally produced by the skin’s microbiome and can also be found in grains. It is a multi-functional support ingredient for all skin types (including sensitive skin) that acts as an effective antioxidant while visibly targeting uneven tone, textural irregularities and the look of blemishes. 

The Ordinary Azelaic Acid
71% of the Deciem Addicts have seen an improvement in their skin.

How & When Do I Use The Ordinary Azelaic Acid?

Azelaic Acid can be found under “Direct Acids” on The Ordinary website. It’s a suspension (base) with a thick, white creamy consistency. If you have read how to layer The Ordinary, you will see that you apply this in the middle of your routine, after water products and before oils / moisturisers. Some people will leave this as their last step or just before adding a moisturiser. I have spoken to Deciem and they said that if you’re applying Natural Moisturising Factors, then Azelaic Acid would go before.

It is suggested that Azelaic Acid should only be used in the evening, however there are regimens that suggest using it in the morning. Just make sure you have a really good sun cream on during the day.

The Ordinary Azelaic Acid
73% of the Deciem Addicts haven’t had any issues with The Ordinary Azelaic Acid.

Which Products Conflict With The Ordinary Azelaic Acid

Deciem say that Azelaic Acid shouldn’t be used in the same routine as any of the following

This is Deciem´s response about mixing Acids & Peptides.

Our rule against combining strong antioxidants only applies to our products containing copper peptides. We would not recommend combining direct acids with peptides due to the susceptibility of peptides to hydrolysis (which breaks the bonds between peptides, reducing their efficacy and making them into individual amino acids). At low pH, the peptides undergo processes such as deamidation (the removal of an amide group) and oxidation, which compromise the activity of the peptides.

Having said that, if you have previously combined peptides with acids and have not experienced any negative side effects or discoloration, you may continue to combine the two products as so as the combination does not pose any potential harm. Our recommendations are meant to serve as a preventative measure to avoid any incompatibility between those combinations and also because skin tolerance in subjective. 

Can I use Azelaic Acid if I’m pregnant or breastfeeding.

Azelaic Acid is fine to use whilst pregnant or breastfeeding, however it is always recommended to speak with your doctor beforehand.

I find the Azelaic Acid pilling on my skin.

This is quite a common problem with certain products. Try using less product, allow other layers to dry before applying or try patting the product on rather than rubbing it in. If the pilling / balling continues, maybe change the products you’re using alongside it and be sure your skin is really clean with no residue left from your cleanser.

Quick Look At Azelaic Acid

  • Targets: Exfoliates, brightens, helps uneven skin tone and textural irregularities. It is also an antioxidant support.
  • When and how: Use preferably in the evening but you can use it in the morning. Apply after your water based products and before oils / moisturisers.
  • Conflicts.
  • Direct Acids.
  • Antioxidant EUK 134
  • Peptides, Buffet, Buffet + Copper, Matrixyl, Argireline

The Ordinary Azelaic Acid Reviews

Let’s hear what some of the moderators of the Deciem Chat Room have to say about Azelaic Acid.

Rachel @beautyandtheballroom says: Azelaic Acid is probably my favourite product by the Ordinary, being the one that’s made the most visible difference to my skin. It’s helped to clear spots and uneven texture from my chin and also helped to improve pigmentation on my forehead. This is the one product I wouldn’t want to run out of! 😀

Jess @sk.insta.story  Azelaic Acid is my favourite discovery from The Ordinary. Is a fantastic exfoliator and clears texture up like no other product I have ever used. I will never be without it. I also always have 1 or 2 spares of this in my stash to make sure I never run out.

Azelaic Acid Reviews by the Deciem Addicts

Here are just some of the reviews by the Deciem Addicts. You can read more and leave your own review here.

Some of the positive reviews

SM says: I would prefer a little stronger percentage of the AA and of course no silicone 🙂 I use it for my decollete, where I used to have red pigmentation and pimples, for the face I use AA without silicone, this combo works good for me 🙂

JB says: I love this sooo much. It is gentle on the skin but very effective. It gives immediate results. I use this together with vitamin C and it works wonders 👏👏 my skin looks smoother, brighter and my redness patches are gone the day after. This is one of my ride and die products. 5/5 ✨

CG says: Love it, gives a nice smooth texture and reduces my redness. I find I need to wait a while before applying it after other products as it can pill. Would also like a higher strength. 3.5/5 ⭐️

EKR says: I like azealic acid and had good results for improving skin texture and hyperpigmentation. I rate it 4/5, the only downside being the silicone. This makes it difficult to layer with other products. I have recently swapped from the ordinary to the garden of wisdom Azealic acid as it is silicone free so easier to incorporate into my routine.

THG says:  I would give it a 6! I use you at night especially after an AHA peel! You have helped me with my years of acne scarring! If what I have read is accurate the skin heals while it is at rest, you need this! Use at night! This is a must have!

Some of the negative reviews

MA says:  Has the tendency to pill, I think due to the silicone. Feels nice though I don’t think it’s doing much for my PIH on my Medium skin tone. Been using for a couple months now. 3/5

NA says:  Not strength enough and too much silicones. 3/5, being generous.

Final Thoughts On The Ordinary Azelaic Acid

The Ordinary Azelaic Acid
67% of the Deciem Addicts will repurchase Azelaic Acid.

It’s clear to see that 75% of the Deciem Addicts love Azelaic Acid and 71% have seen an improvement in their skin. 73% of the Deciem Addicts had no issues using this product and 67% of the Deciem Addicts will repurchase.

Products Similar To Azelaic Acid

Azelaic Acid is the best acid to try if you’re new to acids. There aren’t any other products in the Deciem range with Azelaic Acid but you could look at Mandelic Acid which is good for sensitive skin and there’s also Glycolic Acid Toner, Salicylic Acid and many other direct acids. There are lots of other brands that sell Azelaic Acid which you might wish to look at too and stronger versions are available on prescription.

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