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What is azelaic acid?

Discover how azelaic acid can benefit blemish-prone skin and the best way of introducing it to your skincare routine. When it comes to acids, glycolic, salicylic and lactic have been revered for their blemish fighting and skin-smoothing properties for quite some time. But did you know that, while a little less well known, azelaic acid can be just as powerful? Here’s everything you need to know about this ingredient and how to add it into your routine.

What is azelaic acid? 

Azelaic acid is a naturally occurring exfoliant found in grains such as rye and barley. It’s proven to be very effective for blemish-prone skin  while balancing cellular turnover. 

How should you use it in your everyday routine? 

At SkinCeuticals, azelaic acid is used within our Custom D.O.S.E treatments that are undertaken in selected professional clinicals. This tailored approach allows skincare  professionals to create tailormade serums for their clients using high-potency ingredients and a factory specification compounder. Including Azelaic acid within your Custom D.O.S.E is a great way of targeting ageing signs and creating a smoother skin texture. 

What are the downsides of using azelaic acid? 

Azelaic acid is suitable for all skin types but as it is an exfoliant, it can make the skin more sensitive, especially to the sun. Counteract this by applying broad-spectrum sunscreen every day, particularly the morning after applying.  

How can you find a SkinCeuticals clinic that uses Custom D.O.S.E skincare? 

The Custom D.O.S.E Azelaic Booster is launching in October 2020. Find your nearest clinic at and try Custom D.O.S.E out for yourself.  


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