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AZELAIC ACID EFFECTIVE FOR ACNE
Lawrenceville, NJ (Dr Simone) – Azelaic acid, found in some foods like wheat, barley and rye, has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It is considered part of plants’ defense against invading plant infectious diseases.
In clinical trials, topical cream containing 20% azelaic acid (non-prescription) was applied to mild to moderate acne lesions and the effects were comparable to other topical acne prescription treatments like 0.05% tretinoin, or 5% benzoyl peroxide, or 2% erythromycin, or 0.1% adapalene gel (J Eur Acad Dermatol Ven 2015. 29:789-796). Dryness and skin scaling were much less using azelaic acid.
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