June 17 2022
If you have been following us, reading this blog, or buying our skincare solutions for long enough – you know exactly what we’re about!
First and foremost, we care about the health of your skin! Every single formula with our name on it was designed to be as results oriented as possible so that it can solve your skin concerns and leave your skin as healthy as it can be.
The thing is, we are cosmetic chemists by nature so as a product, oftentimes we’re working on a molecular level – this means that sometimes those results aren’t always quickly noticeable to the naked eye. Some formulas are designed to work slowly, and some are simply only working their magic in the inner most layers of your skin!
We can go on all day about how we’re able to improve the overall health and quality of your skin on a molecular level, and even run tests at our own lab to prove it! BUT sometimes, we just want our skin to look better.
Skincare solutions are made to perform a number of tasks, but in reality, we recognize that most of the time it all boils down to improving the appearance of your skin. Whether it be by plumping to reduce wrinkles, moisturizing to improve hydration, correcting hyperpigmentation for a more even tone, or anything else your routine is doing to improve your appearance.
It's kind of like going to the gym – sure, actually being healthy is great! But let’s be real, we all do it because we want to look good too.
And we know skincare works the same way – we recognize that a skincare routine is one’s pursuit of their perfect complexion; skin that is happy, healthy, balanced, and beautiful!
So, this is all a slightly long-winded way of introducing the skincare ingredient that is going to do just that – give you those satisfying, quick (but long-lasting), and easily recognizable results! Perfect complexion seekers, meet: Azelaic Acid!
What is Azelaic Acid?
Azelaic acid is a naturally occurring element on the skin, however to bolster our supplies it can also be extracted from wheat, barley, rye or palm leaf (if you’re into gluten-free)! It is neither an AHA, BHA nor a Retinoid, Azelaic acid is actually a dicarboxcylic acid which as a skincare ingredient, puts it in a category all its own!
In our skin, it is produced by our microbiome, which is the shield of healthy bacteria and yeast that live on our skin to protect us and proper balance all the elements. So, to keep our skin in its optimal balance we must augment our supply of Azelaic acid with a topical agent. This ingredient is just a perfect example of the notion that if we treat our skin right, and feed it exactly what it needs, it will pay us back ten-fold!
Like we said before, Azelaic acid is that rewarding skincare ingredient that is going to have benefits you will SEE! When formulated properly, it can be one of the very best active ingredients in the industry for improving the quality of your skin, inside and out. Without further ado, let’s introduce you all to the multitude of ways that Azelaic acid will help you achieve that perfect luminous complexion you desire:
Azelaic is one of the absolute best acne-fighters in the skincare game. Azelaic acid skincare products can eliminate all traces of acne on your skin; past, present and future! It encourages cell turnover to heal old acne scars, reduces inflammation to diminish the visibility and irritation of current blemishes, and it exfoliates deep in the pores to clear our excess sebum and/or bacteria that can cause future breakouts. There are a lot of options out there; salicylic acid, AHAs, retinol, tea tree oil and so on – all great and super effective, but for a holistic approach to targeting your acne and surface blemishes, it doesn’t get much better than Azelaic acid.
When it comes to the aesthetic appearance of our skin, one common issue people come across is hyperpigmentation – which just simply means that some areas of the skin are darker than your actual complexion. So, with that said, evening out your skin tone so that you have one consistent complexion will go so far in improving the look of your skin. As far as hyperpigmentation-correcting skincare actives go – Azelaic acid is without a doubt in the upper echelon! Formulas with a high concentration of Azelaic have been proven to be very effective at treating hyperpigmentation by targeting only abnormal melanocytes – which basically means that dark spots are lightened without affecting the surround skin (your natural complexion).
Rosacea is a skin concern that unfortunately causes such dramatic inflammation in the skin that we are left with a variety of marks and blemishes on our complexion. It can cause swelling, flushing, papules (clusters of red bumps), pustules (clusters of pus-filled bumps) and tiny blood vessels to become visible near the surface of the skin. To those affected, rosacea can be very difficult to deal with – luckily, Azelaic acid can be a remedy for them. In fact, it is actually an FDA-approved prescription treatment for rosacea when it is formulated with a concentration of 15-20%. When it comes to this skin concern, the root of the problem is often bacteria – and Azelaic acid is equipped with wonderful anti-bacterial and antimicrobial properties that make it effective at ridding our skin of the wrong kinds of organisms. So, for anyone out there suffering with rosacea, a formula with a high concentration of Azelaic acid can be just the thing you need.
On the more common side of skin concerns – redness and irritation are things that most people get from time to time, some more often and more severe than others. Facial redness and irritation are obviously not ideal from an aesthetic perspective, but as we said Azelaic acid is that ingredient that’s going to solve all of those cosmetic issues – so we’ve got you covered as far as redness and irritation go too! Along with antimicrobial and anti-bacterial properties, Azelaic acid has anti- inflammatory benefits that are fantastic for soothing the skin to a calm, balanced state. With skin that is settled and subdued, your complexion will have the opportunity to flourish and be at its very best.
Azelaic Acid: Beyond the Surface
By this point, we’re sure you’re all convinced by the prowess Azelaic acid has when it comes to refreshing, refining, and reinvigorating the appearance of your skin! But let’s not get things mixed up here – this Is the type of ingredient that is working beneath the surface, improving the health and function of your skin in ways that we cannot see. To call back to that gym reference, Azelaic is both the 20-min yoga stretch (not intensive or muscle-building, but so important for your body) and the psychopathic CrossFit workout that’s going to have you strong and looking your best!
So, to that point, let’s talk about a couple of those beneath the surface benefits that are going to improve the health of your skin:
pH Stabilizer: this is about that all-important acid mantle and microbiome, which are parts of your skin’s microscopic barrier, and them functioning optimally is a crucial component to having healthy skin! Azelaic acid helps set your skin’s pH at its correct level, which then allows for an acid mantle environment that is balanced, with everything running smoothly to keep your skin safe.
Cellular turnover: although this process does technically show visibly on your skin (added smoothness and radiance), the really important benefits are happening beneath the surface. With Azelaic acid helping to boost the rate of cellular turnover, your skin cells are constantly renewing and replacing older, less productive, cells with new ones that are energetic and super functional!
Antioxidant properties: quick lesson on antioxidants here – free radicals (which are everywhere) want to get into the deep layers of our skin and break apart bonds between proteins, which then in turn causes our skin to age and its overall quality to diminish. What an antioxidant does is basically act like a shield to those protein bonds, and they take that free radical hit instead! So, because Azelaic acid is also an antioxidant, it improves the health (and appearance, once again) of your skin by protecting it from environmental stress!
Let’s Sum it Up
Alright, well that was a whole lot of skin-benefits – so let’s do a quick recap! Azelaic acid benefits the LOOK, function, and overall quality of your skin in a myriad of ways, including:
Combats acne – past, present, and future
- Targets hyperpigmentation and melasma for an even skin tone
- Helps to treat and reduce the appearance of rosacea
- Anti-inflammatory properties that soothe redness and irritation
- Antioxidant, antimicrobial, and antibacterial properties
- Balances pH for a healthy acid mantle and microbiome
- Boosts cellular turnover
- Plays EXTREMELY well with others – works beautifully with almost all other skincare ingredients
- Easy to integrate into your skincare routine
So, after this blog, and all this evangelizing (for good reason) we’re doing for this incredible skincare ingredient – we hope you are all convinced that Azelaic acid NEEDS to be an element of your skincare routine. Especially for those who are looking for those visible results that are going to revitalize the overall health and appearance of your complexion! Including the right Azelaic acid solution can be the skincare decision that helps you get that beautiful, vital, and balanced skin you’ve always wanted.
Clearly, the whole team over here at Isomers Laboratories are big fans of Azelaic acid, and as such we have formulated a few of our newest products with this wonderfully multifunctional ingredient! The important thing to take away from this blog is that Azelaic is the ingredient that’s improving the quality of your skin inside and out in a myriad of ways. However, if you would like to put that to the test and you want to try our Azelaic acid formulas, you can check out the links below:
High Concentration Formula:
14% Azelaic Acid Booster Complex
0.1% Retinol + 1% Azelaic Acid + 3% Niacinamide
1% Salicylic Acid + 1% Azelaic Acid + 1% Niacinamide