What Is Azelaic Acid? (And Why is Reddit Obsessed With It?)

Total Beauty posted "What Is Azelaic Acid? (And Why is Reddit Obsessed With It?)" and features Visha Skincare's Mommy Brightener with Illuminotex, a pregnancy-safe serum that harnesses the power of azelaic acid to keep the complexion radiant and glowing.

Here's what you need to know about the do-it-all treatment

Let's be real: the million-plus strong r/SkincareAddiction subreddit is an absolute gold mine of skin care tips and advice. One Reddit-approved ingredient that's been grabbing our attention lately? Azelaic acid.

It's not just a passing trend, either — it's got the dermatologists' seal of approval. "Azelaic acid is a fruit acid derived from grains such as wheat, rye, and barley," says board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Peterson Pierre, MD. "It's been around for years, and is fantastic for acne and rosacea because of its anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. It also helps improve the appearance of pores, tone and texture, and eliminates whiteheads, blackheads, and pigmentation."

One small warning: It might take a little getting used to (though this isn't the case for everyone). "When you first start using it, you may experience some stinging, burning, redness, peeling, or dryness," he explains. "Those symptoms typically resolve within a week or two. It causes a gentle exfoliation, which helps improve the tone and texture of your skin."

Curious to give this skin care star a try? Keep reading to shop some of our favorite azelaic acid skin care products.

Visha Skincare Mommy Brightener with Illuminotex, $65
Rid your skin of hyperpigmentation and acne flares with this pregnancy-safe brightening serum, which employs azelaic acid (plus other skin-boosting ingredients!) to keep the complexion radiant and glowing.

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