After researching this ingredient, I found that it reduces post-inflammatory redness and hyperpigmentation--and it aids significantly in wound healing. Here's information on the Properties and Mode of Action.
According to the research, "Azelaic acid (AzA) has profound anti-inflammatory, antioxidative effects, and is bactericidal against a range of Gram-negative and Gram-positive microorganisms as well, including antibiotic-resistant bacterial strains. In addition, AzA's antikeratinizing effects are inhibitory toward comedones."
Yes, I know that the word ACID makes you do a double-take, but remember that in chemistry, it simply refers to a molecule or other entity that can donate a proton or accept an electron pair in reactions.
I was concerned though about mixing an "acid" with a chemical peel, so I continued my research and found this study where they combined glycolic acid and AzA. They saw a significant success, so that's what led me to finally try this.
One of my concerns was that a cream to help healing would cause a bad breakout (those antibacterial ointments and some lotions do that to me), but AzA is actually used to reduce acne, and it works great for me in that regard.
Here are a couple pictures so far; I’ll post again in a few days as I move through the healing process:
|Wearing physical sunscreen and powder|
|Frost of 25% TCA Chemical Peel in 3 Layers|
If you can't get an Rx, this serum is a great alternative. It contains Azelaic Acid, Arbutin, and Hyaluronic Acid. Be careful not to order the one with vitamin C as this can burn if the pH level is too low. You can Contact this seller, and they'll make it without vitamin C and/or add/increase other ingredients since they create each batch as you order it. I think that's a great option--it's fresh and customized.
The pictures below are at 36 hours after the initial TCA application on Saturday evening.
You can see that the area is just starting to peel around the corners of my mouth, but what's really incredible is that the redness is so minimal. It's almost as if I didn't do a peel at all. This really seems to make the downtime tolerable. In fact, I went to the store! I never would have gone out before.
|36 hours after 25% TCA peel: copper lotion + zinc sunscreen + azelaic acid|
|36 hours after 25% TCA application: copper lotion + zinc sunscreen + azelaic acid|
There's still no significant redness, although I am starting to peel on the same schedule I usually experience. The area is a little pink, but I don't see the leathery, red or brown, irritated skin that I usually have at this point. There's no question that it would still be impossible to have an event scheduled this evening, but it's easier to not look like I've been using a blow torch on my face.
I tried to take a close-up picture to show more detail. Click on the image to enlarge.
|48 hours after 25% TCA application: copper lotion + zinc sunscreen + azelaic acid|
I woke up this morning and took this picture, so I'm really dry and afraid to move much before moisturizing in fear of cracking the skin. Still no significant redness or leathery look, but I'm continuing to peel. I expect much will peel today. Click on the image to enlarge.
|60 hours after 25% TCA application - just woke up|
|66 hours after 25% TCA: copper lotion + zinc ss + AzA|