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How is azelaic acid compared with salicylic acid?

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#1 timbo2600


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Posted 15 April 2009 - 12:53 AM

I've always had pretty good luck with high quality salicylic acid, but I wanted to try azelaic and see if it can make my skin look better. For anyone who has tried it, how aggressive is it? Is it much stronger than salicylic? (Please don't say yes just because it's a prescription)

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Posted 16 April 2009 - 02:48 PM

Iv tried it before, it was OKAY. In general the consensus with azelaic acid is that it is a lot less irritating then most medications (Azelex is almost like a moisturizer itself! Im sure the efficacy depends on what type of acne/skin you have. If your skin is clear on SA i would continue using it and not switch.

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Posted 17 April 2009 - 06:45 AM

It works very well for me - I use Finacea. Azelaic has somewhat different effects than salicylic - so its hard to say which one is better. What type of acne do you get? If you have more inflamed acne or any redness/redmarks then azelaic might be a better option for you. Its antibacterial, antiinflammatory (more so than salicylic), and it reduces redness. It is probably less comedolytic than salicylic, although it does have some ability to reduce clogged pores. So, if you have mostly comedonal acne, then salicylic would probably be your better option.

Also, if you start off gradually with the azelaic you may be able to use both products.


-Face Reality Sensitive Skin Cleansing Gel
-MD Formulations AOX Hydrating Gel and/or MD Formulations AOX Lotion (on drier areas)
-Mix a few drops of Niacinamide Gel with Face Reality's SPF 30 for Acne Prone Skin


-Face Reality Silica scrub
-Derm A Gel 2 out of 3 nights, PTR Unwrinkle Peel Pads every 3rd night
-Mix Face Reality Hydrating Emulsion with Metazine Niacinamide Gel
-Face Reality's 2.8% BPO (chin only).

*Spot treat any inflamed lesions with Aczone
*Spot treat clogged pores with 8% mandelic

*Diet: Vitamin C and zinc supplements, avoid dairy, avoid iodine, mimimize sugar and salt, avoid peanuts

I also get facials at Face Reality Acne and Skin Care Clinic every 4-6 wks.

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Posted 17 April 2009 - 07:24 AM

Finacea is just great

Used it for a month and noticed spots fading and face looking nice

stopped and noticed my skin became not as good as when I was on finacea

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