Azelaic Acid in Skinoren and Other Acne Treatments

Acnederm, Azelex and Skinoren are all topical acne treatments with between 15% and 20% azelaic acid as an active ingredient. Skinoren is one brand of azelaic acid that’s available over the counter. It’s effective in eliminating bacteria, helping to reduce inflammation, and keeping pores clean. Most azelaic acid preparations, such as Skinoren, are used to treat both acne and rosacea, which is characterized by inflammation, pustules and papules, similar to acne vulguris.

How does azelaic acid work to control or eliminate acne?

In Skinoren Cream, azelaic acid helps to regulate how sebaceous glands secrete oils and reduce keretinization. Using Skinoren will help to stop bacterial growth on the epidermis, reduce chances for infection and impede abnormal melanin developments. This means cleaner pores, regulated sebaceous glands for less oil and bacterial activity. Skinoren acts quickly to help reduce the signs of acne, however, it’s a TOPICAL solution, not an internal treatment. (See information in the article about Natural Remedies for Acne.) Skinoren and Aziderm are almost the same thing just that they’re manufactured by different companies. Both the ointments and creams, with 20% azelaic acid (such as the Skinoren tubes) are approved by the FDA.

Skinoren Side Effects

The biggest problem is dry skin and itchiness. Sometimes the area may become red and there may be a burning sensation, however usually there are few side affects associated with this acne treatment. In case of problems, wash the area and stop using the cream immediately.

Normally the azelaic acid ointment or Skinoren cream can be applied once or twice a day after gently cleansing the area. It’s recommended to use the acne cream for about a month if there are no adverse reactions. Some dermatologists and physicians may recommend Skinoren or similar products in conjunction with antibiotics and hormone therapies.

Alternative Acne Treatments

Use topical preparations to get acne under control while you focus on internal causes which are often hormonal imbalances (aggravated by refined sugars and carbohydrates) and poor elimination. Internal causes can be corrected by starting a cleanse diet with vegetable juice and water. For information on how to cleanse your body see related articles that offer ideas for a juice diet, delicious juicer recipes, and natural low calorie foods that are high in nutrients and help solve chronic skin problems. Consider aloe vera juice benefits and and don’t ignore tea tree oil acne solutions just because they’re natural and affordable.

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