Azelaic Acid For Acne Vulgaris
Azelaic Acid (Aziderm Cream) is a prescription medication. It is prescribed by most dermatologists for the treatment of mild to moderate acne vulgaris. It also clears the swelling, bumps and lesions caused by rosacea, a skin condition that causes flushing, redness and pimples on the face.
Azelaic acid belongs to the class of medication known as dicarboxylic acids. It is a naturally occurring acid found in grains like wheat, barley and rye. There is also Azelaic acid being synthesized in the lab.
Azelaic acid works in many ways:
- It kills the Propionibacteria acnes, the bacteria that infect the skin pores causing an acne breakout.
- It decreases the production of keratin, a substance in the skin that can lead to the development of acne.
- It keeps the pores clear by breaking down existing pore blockages or comedones and keeping new ones from forming.
- It gently exfoliates the skin by dissolving flaky old skin cells.
- It evens out skin tone by improving post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.
- In treating rosacea, it works by decreasing the redness and the swelling of the skin.
How to Use It
Azelaic acid comes in a gel, foam, lotion and cream form. It is sold under different brand names. It is the first-line treatment against acne but it is not quite effective as other acne medications. So, dermatologist often prescribed Azelaic acid along with acne medications.
When using Azelaic acid, clean the affected area. Apply this medication twice a day preferably in the morning and in the evening. Apply only a thin layer of the medication and gently rub it on the affected area. Do not use it in a large amount or more often than directed. It can take months to really get acne under control. Keep using this medication until you’re told to stop.
Possible Side Effects of Azelaic Acid
Azelaic acid may cause side effects like:
- Peeling and dryness
- Burning, itching or stinging
Some side effects can be serious. Cal your doctor right away if you will experience any of the following side effects:
- Difficulty breathing and swallowing
- Swelling of the throat, lips, face and eyes
Getting the Best Result from Azelaic Acid
- Pregnant women should only use this medication when clearly needed.
- Do not use this product if you are allergic to it.
- Azelaic acid is not the most popular acne medication but for some people, it’s their perfect fit.
- Avoid foods and drinks that may cause you to blush and flush if you have rosacea.