Azelaic acid hates red! But don’t get upset, just the red that DOES NOT belong on your face, like acne and rosacea. Other ailments on azelaic’s bad side are inflammation, acne-causing bacteria, clogged pores and unwelcome pigment changes. To be technical, this antiseptic works well for improving moderate-to-severe rosacea, reducing inflammatory and non-inflammatory acne lesions (pimples and blackheads), lightening melasma and reducing post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.
- Some possible side effects of azelaic acid are sensations of stinging or tingling, burning, itching, dryness, peeling or redness of the skin. Skin irritation typically goes away during the course of treatment. Other possible side effects may include severe rash or localized skin swelling. A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction may include rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
- This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Contact your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.