Benefits of Azelaic Acid in Anti-Aging

If Only I’d Known

How many times have we heard, “If I’d known I was going to live this long I’d have taken better care of myself?” It makes us chuckle until we look into the mirror and see a slightly duller, older version of ourselves. Fortunately, we live in a time of possibility. We have access to numerous options for turning back the clock, taking care of ourselves the way we wished we had all those years ago.

All the Possibilities

There are so many options available to help us reverse the signs of aging that sun damage, hormonal changes, and, quite simply, Father Time, have ornamented upon our skin.  We’re assailed with advertisements from large cosmetic companies touting the latest and greatest in skin care options while perhaps not knowing what ingredients or processes will benefit us most. The Derm NP can help you figure out your primary concerns and how to best treat them.

Some reversible signs of aging include:

  • Uneven skin tone
  • Dull, lackluster skin
  • Dark spots

These symptoms of aging skin can be helped significantly by a variety of topical agents, including azelaic acid.

What is Azelaic Acid?

Azelaic acid isn’t as generally well known as other topical anti-aging agents are, but it is a very effective tool for skin care. Azelaic acid is a compound found in yeast present in healthy skin. It’s also found in products like wheat, barley, and rye. A synthetic form of azelaic acid is used in skin care.

It’s effective for treatment of acne and has excellent anti-aging properties. Azelaic acid may be beneficial for:

  • Exfoliation
  • Refining the surface of the skin
  • Anti-inflammatory properties
  • Brightening the skin
  • Calming sensitive skin
  • Lightening dark patches

Azelaic acid also contains antioxidants that may help create healthier, more youthful looking skin.

How Does it Compare to Other Acids Used in Skin Care?

Azelaic acid is one of several acids available for skin care. Other types of acids include AHAs or alpha-hydroxy acids (lactic and glycolic acid) and BHAs or beta hydroxy acids (salicylic acid). AHAs and BHAs both work as exfoliants, but both can potentially irritate the skin. As an exfoliant/acid, azelaic acid is milder than either of the other two, resulting in fewer side effects when it’s used. Azelaic acid can be used in combination with other treatments while AHAs and BHAs can’t because they are too irritating. Azelaic acid can also be used in combination with Vitamin C serums.

How Can it Benefit You?

Azelaic acid is available in both over-the-counter and prescription strengths. It’s available in several forms, including gel, cream, and foam. Prescription strength azelaic acid is available in concentrations of 15% – 20%, which can provide amazing benefits to your skin.

The Derm NP is available to help you decide if azelaic acid can become a beneficial part of your skin care routine.

Why The Derm NP?

The Derm NP is a unique dermatology practice that provides online dermatology consultations for our patients’ comfort and convenience. All visits are $37 payable through any major credit card. Payment is collected at the time of booking or when submitting asynchronous consultations.

We value your time and provide convenient, easy-to-access dermatological care for non-urgent dermatology needs. Our dermatology-certified nurse practitioner is experienced and ready to help you look like you took care of yourself way back when…even if you didn’t. Contact us at (630)233-9767 or thedermnp@thedermnp.com for an appointment to help you look your very best.

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Disclaimer: The information contained here was not written by a medical doctor and is intended for informational purposes only. This is not a substitute for medical advice.

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