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Definition: By Definition, Azelaic Acid is a dicarboxylic acid that works as an exfoliator to help unclog pores and refine skin's surface. It doesn’t work like AHAs and BHAs do, as their exfoliation is more about just removing dead skin cells from the outer layer of the skin. This works by interrupting what is causing the skin to act up and therefore has the power to decrease microcomedone formation.
Azelaic acid can be used instead of a retinol during summer time or for those with sensitive skin.
Potent ingredient, best not used on a compromised skin barrier.