Azelaic Acid to Stress-Proof Your Skin
Azelaic acid is a powerhouse at any age, thanks to targeting redness, swelling and bumps on the skin. The organic compound found in rye, barley and wheat contains soothing and antimicrobial properties. But it’s beneficial to mature skin in particular, due to its ability to promote skin cell turnover. Increased cell production helps kiss dead skin cells goodbye, which is necessary to unblock pores.
Essentially, this creates an exfoliation type of effect. This gentle exfoliation of the skin can lead to less breakouts. When applied, azelaic acid penetrates the outer layer of the skin, breaking up pimple-causing blockages. These blockages include things like residual cosmetics, oil and dirt.
And it doesn’t end there for this underrated all-star. Scientific studies have also shown that azelaic acid is effective against certain strains of bacteria like P acnes, which is thought to cause spots. Azelaic acid may also have a brightening effect on your skin, which could help even out any darker areas. Scientists have understood for a while that azelaic acid has free-radical-fighting properties, as well as the enzyme tyrosinase, which is needed to produce melanin.
Omega Fatty Acids for Glowing Skin
There’s nothing glamorous about the words “fatty acids,” but boy are they important for your skin. They decrease transepidermal water loss (TEWL), they’re antimicrobial and they’re anti-inflammatory. Combined with sebum and ceramides, fatty acids are the mortar to your skin barrier’s brick wall. Anti aging ingredients in skincare must support the barrier for a smooth, hydrated result. Essential fatty acids help form an antibacterial, water-resistant barrier, which is basically how our skin protects itself from infection.
Research shows that applying plant oils (ie. sunflower oil) containing high amounts of essential fatty acids may help repair the barrier in patients who have a history of essential fatty acid (EFA) deficiency. And, a 2005 study published in the International Journal of Pharmaceutics found that topical omega-3 can reduce UV sensitivity in skin cells. Other studies have found similar links between topical omega-3 and a reduction in the signs of photoaging. Said research also suggests products rich in omega-3 or omega-6 fatty acids can actually improve the look and feel of your skin.
If you struggle with chronically dry, flaky skin, using oils or serums that contain omega-3 or omega-6 fatty acids will enhance the natural glow of your skin.