09 Dec The Ordinary Azelaic Acid 10% and Vitamin C Suspension 23%
I’m not normally one to gush about a product but O.M.G – The Ordinary Azelaic Acid 10% has blown me away.
In fact I almost didn’t want to write this post, as I know what’s going to happen the minute people discover how brilliant it is, but I’m also a little bit excited to share my findings!
Since The Ordinary landed on Victoria Health I’ve been waiting for this baby, as I’ve used azelaic acid in the past which was prescribed for my chest breakouts and it was miraculous, giving me the confidence in summer to wear low necklines which for so long I didn’t want to do.
Don’t be put off by the word ‘acid’ – azelaic acid is a substance that’s found naturally in wheat, rye and barley, and is also produced by yeast that lives on normal skin. It works by killing the bacteria that lives in the pores, and decreasing the production of keratin that can also promote the growth of acne bacteria.
As most of you know, as a beauty writer I am lucky that most of the products I use and/or review are gifted, and I honestly cannot remember the last time I bought a skincare product. But my purse immediately came out for this, as I staked my place on the waiting list.
The Ordinary Azelaic Acid is recommended for promoting healthy skin renewal, texture, brightness and to help clear acne, spots, pimples and rosacea-prone skin – if you suffer from any of these issues, buy this product NOW.
Over the years, my skin has become sensitised and reactive due to the many products its been exposed to, and on some mornings I wake up looking a bit flushed and blotchy.
But within just a day of using this gel cream, my skin looked calmer, more even in tone and just better than it’s looked in a long time. Judging by some of the reviews I have read online recently, others are having similar results.
While I saw a difference in the condition of my skin quite quickly, in my experience it will probably take about a month to properly kick in, so don’t be disheartened if you don’t see results straight away.
And can we just talk about the price? A ridiculously affordable £5.50 which I would be more than happy to spend for results like this. I am seriously planning to stockpile the stuff as the tube is only 30ml in size, so Victoria Health, I hope you are ordering plenty of stock!
I have also being trying The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 23%, £4.90, with not such great success – I like the powder texture and really wanted this to work for my skin, but do seem to struggle with topical Vitamin C full stop, and 23% is quite concentrated.
It’s strange as it’s meant to make your skin tingle quite strongly in the first 1-2 weeks, but I didn’t experience this even with my sensitive skin.
That’s not to say it won’t work for you though, so if your skin isn’t a pain in the ass like mine, I recommend you give it a go as Vitamin C is a proven anti-ager and skin brightener. I know lots of people love it.
There’s a useful guide to Vitamin C and choosing the right product on the Victoria Health website, which is a real goldmine of information – www.victoriahealth.com