Azelaic acid is a saturated dicarboxylic acid found naturally in wheat, rye, and barley. It is also a natural substance that is produced by Malassezia furfur (known as Pityrosporum ovale), a yeast that lives on normal skin.
It is a versatile ingredient with many actions: keratolytic, comedolytic, anti-inflammatory and a tyrosinase inhibitor.
It helps to reduce inflammation in mild to moderate acne and its keratolytic action exfoliates the skin, reducing the thickness of the stratum corneum while its comedolytic action inhibits the formation comedones.
It also helps with pigmentation as it inhibits tyrosinase activity (an enzyme controls the production of melanin).
It also helps to reduce inflammation in rosacea.
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