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Azelaic Acid Topical

INFORMATION

Uses

Azelaic Acid Topical is used in the treatment of acne (pimples).

How it works

Azelaic acid belongs to a class of medications called as dicarboxylic acids. It treats pimples by killing the bacteria that cause infection of skin pores and by decreasing production of keratin, a natural substance that can lead to the development of pimples. It reduces production of dark pigment in skin (melanin) and helps in melasma. The way azelaic acid works to treat rosacea is not known.
 

Common side effects

Allergic reaction, Itching, Skin rash, Erythema, Allergic skin rash, Burning sensation

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Expert advice

Do not use azelaic acid for more than 12 months at any time.
Do not take if you are allergic to azelaic acid or any of its ingredients.
Before applying the cream/gel, clean the skin thoroughly with plain water and pat it dry.
Azelaic acid is for external use on the skin only. Do not allow azelaic acid to come in contact with your eyes, mouth or other inner skin layer (mucous membranes). If it does, wash immediately with cool water.
Inform your doctor if you have asthma before using azelaic acid.
Tell your doctor if you are or planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.

Frequently asked questions

Azelaic Acid Topical

Q.Is azelaic acid an AHA/ retinoid/ antibiotic/ DHT blocker/ steroid?
Azelaic acid is not an AHA/retinoid/antibiotic/steroid. Azelaic acid may be an inhibitor of 5-alpha reductase which in turn decreases the levels of DHT (dihydrotestosterone)

Q.Does azelaic acid topical work for wrinkles/ melasma/hair loss/redness/to get lighter skin?
Azelaic acid topical mainly used to treat pimples, sometimes for melasma and not recommended for other skin conditions

Q.Does azelaic acid topical exfoliate?
There is not much evidence found for azelaic acid exfoliating dead skin

Q.Does azelaic acid bleach clothes?
No, azelaic acid does not bleach clothes.


Content on this page was last updated on 30 September, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)