The Ordinary Azelaic Acid Suspension
Found in grains, Azelaic Acid is produced naturally by yeast that lives on normal skin. It brightens the skin tone while visibly improving the evenness of skin texture and reducing the look of blemishes. It is a multi-functional support ingredient for all skin types and also acts as an effective antioxidant. This formula offers a very high 10% concentration of high-purity Azelaic Acid in a lightweight cream-gel system.
Apply to face AM and/or PM to improve visible brightness and the appearance of skin texture. Avoid contact with eyes and mouth. Use sun protection during the day.
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Aqua (Water), Isodecyl Neopentanoate, Dimethicone, Azelaic Acid, Dimethicone/Bis-Isobutyl PPG-20 Crosspolymer, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Hydroxyethyl Acryalte/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Polysilicone-11, Isohexadecane, Tocopherol, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Isoceteth-20, Polysorbate 60, Triethanolamine, Ethoxydiglycol, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin.see more...
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I only want it to fade some PIE remaining from the damage that the Niacinamide + Zinc did, so it as a spot treatment only at night in between my glycolic or retinoid and oil/moisturizer steps. I do think it has helped with fading the redness left by the breakouts the Niacinamide + Zinc caused. I don't know if it has done much more than my Paula's Choice Resist C15 Booster, but the combination (I use C15 in my AM routine) has been very effective. If you are looking to get this to treat acne, I wouldn't say this has affected acne at all (but I am sensitive to dimethicone, so I don't use it on active pimples).
This would be quite drying without the addition of both an oil and a moisturizer afterwards, and I can feel a slight tingling if I use it after I shower when my skin is most absorbent, so I would not use this product all over. I am combo-oily with sensitive skin, so I don't know if someone with dry skin would find this product ideal. If you are not finding this effective, this is a mild formulation of azelaic acid. I believe the FDA approved RX is 15-20% strength, so you might want to look into that.
Well, it’s been over a month of daily use and I have yet to see any improvements. Not only does this suspension feel very clogging (must be the silicones), but it also seems to strip my skin of moisture unless I first layer on oils & face creams. Don’t get me wrong, this is not a bad product by any means. It’s just not the right product for my skin type or concerns.
If you’re in the market for a brightening product, this is not it. TO’s vitamin c serums might be a better fit. Overall I liked azeliac acid suspension well enough, but it’s not worth repurchasing for me. It did absolutely nothing positive to my skin. I’m giving it 4 stars since it seems to work wonders on oily\acne types.
Side note: when I first started using this product I used in in my routine as the very last thing before moisturizer but it always felt a little stingy when I wore it. A skincare professional recommended that I put it on after moisturizer (because it is in silicone) and I haven't experienced any stinging sensation since then!
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