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How Long Can You Use Azelaic Acid?

14 October 2009 No Comment

how-longWhen you take a look in some of the many topical medications, one of the main ingredients is Azelaic acid. It comes from the group of organic acids that is found naturally in products such as rye, wheat or barley. It is also found on the skin in very low quantities. Because Azelaic Acid is so mild, it is generally used in topical gels and creams, mainly targeted at people who have oily skin.

General use of Azelaic Acid

Azelaic acid is generally used to treat a wide variety of skin conditions. The main focus is using Azelaic acid to treat acne and Rosacea. Rosacea is a skin condition that causes a series of red bumps, rashes across the face in places such as the cheeks, forehead, chin and nose. There is some evidence pointing to Azelaic acid helping hair loss, however this product has not been approved by the FDA for such uses. Many people believe that this product helps with hair loss based on the fact that it has the ability to stop the production of 5-alpha reductase. 5-alpha reductase is an enzyme that is related with high levels of Dihydrotestosterone, or DHT. DHT is well known as being the main reason why people lose their hair.

How Long Can You Use Azelaic Acid?

Many people who use this product often want to know how long you can use Azelaic acid? There are quite a few side effects associated with using the product, however they are minor. Common side effects include itching, redness, burning and tingling of the skin, where Azelaic acid is applied.  These side effects are common and there is no reason why a person should not consider using the product. If the side effects become worse, then there is a definite concern for the individual to stop and seek out medical help.

People should also continue using the product if they experience an allergic reaction, are pregnant or nursing.

Azelaic acid is not a medication that has serious effects. Generally a person can use it 2 times a day for as long as they want, without any foreseeable dangers. Most people will use the cream or gel for at least 4 weeks, before they see any results.

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