It’s been a while since the last time I wrote a review on The Ordinary products and now I have a bunch of other The Ordinary products that I’m currently using, so I think I need to make another review on at least one product. It’s Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%, that I’ve bought along with some other items in last October. Yes, this post is long overdue and I am aware of that, but that’s just the thing with skin care products, you can’t make conclusions after only 3 times of usage, you need to make sure if it’s working for you or not and see whether your skin has developed a certain reaction towards the formula. It takes time, moreover if you’re using your skincare products on a rolling schedule.
A little story behind the purchase of this product: my skin developed perioral dermatitis in October last year due to some prescribed medication. It was a topical steroid cream that I used for a few months to reduce redness around my nose, but the moment I stopped the medication my skin went mad, like, really mad. The redness spread not only around my nose but also around my mouth and cheeks as well, along with tiny blisters that seemed to be angry all the time. My self-esteem went to zero, I couldn’t go out bare-faced and at the same time my skin screamed at every products I tried to put on. God damn the steroid cream! I did a little research on how to cure perioral dermatitis, there were many options and I stumbled upon azelaic acid on the list. I remembered that The Ordinary has one in their skincare range, so I placed a bet on it.
What is it?
Azelaic acid is naturally produced by Malassezia furfur, a yeast that lives on normal skin. Azelaic acid can also be derived from grains like wheat and barley. In its natural function, azelaic acid serves as a distress flare in plants, it gives signal to induce a defensive response after infection occurs. On skin, azelaic acid acts as an anti-oxidant and anti-bacteria agent, it fights the bacteria that causes infection and redness, hence azelaic acid can reduce the appearance of blemishes. This product contains very high 10% concentration of pure azelaic acid in a cream-gel texture, aims to improve visible brightness and appearance of skin texture.
Texture and first impression:
The first time I tried this product, one thing that crossed my mind was “does this tube even contain anything?” because really, I squeezed the tube and nothing came out (no, I didn’t forget to peel the seal inside the cap.) I squeezed harder and finally the product came out. Note this, Deciem, don’t use a 50 ml sized tube if you’re only going to put 30 ml in it.
The suspension’s texture is somewhere between gel and cream that feels very silicone-y (mind you, dimethicone is way up high on the ingredient list). I find it a little bit hard to spread and blend the suspension on my skin, but once it’s spread it sits nicely on my skin, leaving a smooth and semi matte finish. It’s strangely similar to the finish of Benefit Porefessional face primer, so I tend to reach for this suspension before applying foundation whenever I’m having a rough skin day. At night, I layer this suspension after SK-II Facial Treatment Essence, before heavier cream or face oil. I really like how it feels on my skin, it doesn’t sting and non-fragranced as well.
After months of using this, I can safely conclude that Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% helps my skin by reducing the appearance of redness and improving skin texture. The scars on my skin fade slowly, but still faster compared to the time I hadn’t use this product. My skin has no reaction against anything in the formula, despite what people say that dimethicone is highly comedogenic and allergenic, it actually helps with acne healing and prevents scarring (scientifically proven, bish!) so if anyone develops certain reaction towards this product, it would be most likely triggered by other ingredient and not dimethicone itself.
Obviously YES. I love the result, it’s currently my cult fave. I purchased mine from www.myhouseofmakeup.com for only IDR 173.000, it’s so cheap and the fact that it can also be used as a face primer — a very beneficial one — there’s no reason for me to not repurchase this. I’m halfway down the tube and I’ll repurchase another one soon! 🙂
That’s my thoughts and review on The Ordinary Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%, if you find this article helpful and enjoyable please like this post so I know! 🙂