Azelaic Acid is a yeast that lives on normal skin. It belongs to the family of dicarboxylic acids. It is not a scary acid, it is a light exfoliant. There has been a lot of research on this product, but it is still not very clear why it works. It is thought to have an antibacterial effect on the skin. Most people don’t care how it works or want to spend the time reading the studies on their skin products, they just want to know that it works. It does.
Experience with Finacea
My dermatologist prescribed Finacea Gel in 15% for my moderate rosacea. I was advised to put it on my face every other night in a small amount, pea-sized amount of gel. I will admit that it did burn. It burnt so badly for about 3 minutes, I thought I would have to take it off. I didn’t and I am glad I did not. (The burning only lasted for about 3 minutes and for about the first two weeks of use.) It had a beautiful effect on my skin. It not only helped with my rosacea, but it also helped with the clarity of my skin. My skin looked so much clearer and more radiant.
My daughter also used it on her acne on her forehead and the blackheads on her nose. It cleared it up beautifully for her as well. The drawback is the prescription was $112.00 (now with my insurance it is $326.00). That is really pricey in my book for the effects it had on my skin. I did love the effects enough to get another Rx, but I was on the hunt for another product with this beautiful ingredient at a more reasonable price.
Using the Ordinary’s Azelaic acid Suspension 10%
Most products that I found were out of Canada. I didn’t find any that were even close to as effective as the prescription. They were greasy, grainy, fragrance filled, and some even caused more problems with my skin. I was so disappointed because this really is a wonderful, unsung ingredient.
I decided to try The Ordinary’s Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%. It isn’t as creamy as the Rx and you can definitely feel the silicone in this product. It does sink into the skin without a greasy feel. This product didn’t clog my pores causing more skin issues. The rosacea seemed to stay about the same (but my rosacea was under control from the prescription at this point).
I have to be honest, it doesn’t work as well as the Rx. However, for the price point, I think it works well. It will take longer to get the results of the prescription, but you don’t have the irritation that I got from the Rx (at least I didn’t).
As you know, as we get older our skin doesn’t behave as it used to, by any means. You have to weigh out if your skin is so out of control that it really needs the prescription or if you can wait for the Ordinary’s product to work on your skin. It may not work for everyone. But the research out there is very promising, that it will work on a lot of people… young and old.
Rosacea, swelling, acne, and blackheads, it works on all of these issues. I believe a product that works on so many conditions and age groups is certainly worth a try especially for the price point.