Hello! Today I have a new review from The Ordinary, specifically I am going to tell you about my experience using their Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%, a product that you may remember from my guide on exfoliating acids and from my post on how to start using this type of ingredients. Do you want to know if this azelaic acid serum is for you? Keep reading!
BRAND: THE ORDINARY
PRODUCT: AZELAIC ACID SUSPENSION 10%
SKIN TYPE: TALL, RECOMMENDED FOR ACNE-PRONE SKIN
RECOMMENDED FOR: UNISEX
As I mentioned before, I spoke about azelaic acid on my guide on exfoliation and acids. This ingredient has gained a lot of popularity in the last year, since it is a highly effective treatment for very common problems such as acne, irritation or spots, something that I will explain in detail below.
Generally speaking, it is recommended to use azelaic acid for those who have acne (or certain marks derived from it) since it is an ingredient with anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and keratolytic properties, so by using it you will help your skin barrier to progressively recover its balance, reducing redness and avoiding the appearance of certain types of pimples.
Regarding irritated and sensitive skin, azelaic acid can be an excellent ally due to the same anti-inflammatory capacity that I just mentioned, providing soothing properties that you may find very beneficial if this is your case. In addition, it has been observed to be effective in certain cases of rosacea.
And can azelaic acid help you improve skin spots? In some cases, yes. If you have melasma, post-inflammatory eritema post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (a type of dark colored spots that appear in places where you have had wounds, pimples, etc. and about which you can read more in my guide on the topic) you can benefit from the use of azelaic acid.
You see that azelaic acid is a very versatile ingredient and from which you can benefit in many cases, but I want to stop for a moment to make an important reflection: there is no point in incorporating a powerful ingredient like this into your beauty routines if you don’t follow a basic skincare routine that adjusts to the needs of your skin. When we use tihs type of ingredients it is essential to keep our skin hydrated and protected, since this will provide you with all its benefits, so before starting to incorporate it into your skincare routines I advise you to take a look at my guide on how to start to use exfoliating acids.
Now that you know a little more about this ingredient, you are surely wondering what the experience is like when using this Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% from The Ordinary, right? It is a very dense product, similar to a very thick moisturizer, white in color and without a particular scent. The available format is the one that you can see at the header of the review, in a 30ml airless container protected from ultraviolet radiation to better protect the product.
When applying the product on the skin, the first impression is that its density makes it not especially easy to spread it, but once we slightly heat it between our fingertips it does definitely apply better. Once extended, my skin feels velvety and soft, for me it is an amazing sensation.
In terms of results, I use it mainly for its potential to reduce certain spots and redness, and although I have not seen an abysmal change in my skin, I have been able to appreciate an improvement after using it.
As a general assessment, perhaps the sensoriality of the product could be better to make the experience more comfortable at first, but we must take into account that formulating cosmetics with azelaic acid isn’t easy, although it is true that the sensations on the skin are fantastic. It is a product that I like, although I think I will look for other alternatives to see how my skin reacts to them and how they are compared to this specific product.
HOW TO USE:
This product can be used interchangeably in your morning and evening routines. Apply a small amount and massage it after cleansing, toning and your serum, just before the moisturizer (and, if it is your morning routine, the sunscreen). It is not recommended to combine it with certain powerful products, as I explain in my guide on exfoliating acids.
This graphic aims to help you understand in which part of your skincare routine you should use each product.
You don’t need to do all the steps from this routine (but you should always cleanse, moisturize and use sunscreen).
Remember it’s key to do a patch test every time you consider adding new products to your skincare routine.
Have you tried this product? Have you used any other azelaic acid treatment? What are your favorite DECIEM and The Ordinary products? Let me know in the comment section!
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