The Extraordinary is understood for its accessibly priced, single-ingredient skin-care merchandise. From pure hyaluronic acid to various strengths of vitamin C, The Extraordinary’s formulation are nice for anybody wanting to make use of a single lively to handle one particular concern. Out of all the model’s choices (a lot of which have earned 1000’s of five-star opinions on Sephora’s web site), Dendy Engleman, MD, a board-certified dermatologist in New York Metropolis, can’t cease recommending its azelaic acid cream.
“Azelaic acid is a chemical compound present in grains together with rye, wheat, and barley, in addition to in a yeast that happens naturally on human pores and skin,” says Dr. Engleman. “As a skin-care ingredient, it’s nice for brightening, clarifying, night out pores and skin tone, and addressing hyperpigmentation. It additionally has anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties.”
The Extraordinary Azelaic Acid 10% Suspension Brightening Cream ($10 to $25) is nice for addressing the slew of skin-care considerations Dr. Engleman talked about, however is touted as an answer for night out texture, discoloration, and redness particularly. It’s a light-weight cream designed to be used after you wash your face and apply water-based serums, however earlier than you layer on any heavier oils or moisturizers.
“If you happen to endure from pimples, azelaic acid will be an efficient manner to assist scale back breakouts and decongest pores with out inflicting irritation, serving as a substitute for harsher substances like salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide. For extra critical breakouts and cystic pimples, prescription merchandise containing azelaic acid together with stronger acne-fighting substances can be found,” says Dr. Engleman. “In case your aim is brightening the pores and skin and decreasing hyperpigmentation, serums with azelaic acid are a fantastic possibility and are straightforward to include into your skin-care routine. It’s also possible to search for cleansers containing azelaic acid to make use of a number of instances per week—or on daily basis, in case your pores and skin will tolerate it—simply be sure you patch-test first to ensure the method doesn’t irritate your pores and skin.”
Whereas azelaic acid is a good different to stronger actives in case you have delicate pores and skin, you’ll nonetheless wish to proceed with warning.
“Azelaic acid is mostly protected for many pores and skin sorts, however folks with very delicate pores and skin might expertise irritation, a stinging sensation, or in critical instances, even develop hyperpigmentation—the alternative of this ingredient’s supposed results,” she says. “Search for merchandise that additionally comprise soothing substances to steadiness out the azelaic acid, and in case you have any reservations about this ingredient, speak to your dermatologist and do a patch-test earlier than making use of azelaic acid to your entire face.”
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