Side Effects

Azelaic is a medication and as a result of that, people who use the product may experience some side effects. Generally serious side effects should not occur with people who use this product. The most common side effects are listed below.

People who use Azelaic acid may experience effects such as:

  • Burning
  • Tingling
  • Stinging
  • Redness
  • Warmth
  • Peeling
  • Dryness
  • Irritation

For individuals who should experience any other side effects other than the ones listed above, they should speak with their doctor immediately. This goes for people who notice anything unusual after using the product. Individuals who notice a change in the color of their skin, such as it becoming darker should definitely speak with a doctor.

Generally when people use Azelaic acid, there are no real serious side effects that should occur. It is important that people who experience serious reactions such as swelling of the face, hives, shortness of breath, closing of the throat, swelling of the tongue and lips, they should immediately stop using the product and go and seek out medical attention.

Azelaic Acid Precautions

When it comes to using azelaic acid, there are certain precautions that should be taken.

  • The product should be used as directed or under the instructions given by the doctor.
  • Before applying this medication, your hand should be washed thoroughly.
  • The affected area should be cleaned with a soapless cleansing ┬álotion or a mild soap
  • When applying the medication, it is important to avoid specific parts of the body such as the mouth, lips, eyes and nose.
  • After the azelaic acid has been applied to the skin, the area should not be covered, as this could result in too much of it being absorbed by the body.
  • If the skin begins to change color, a doctor should be contacted immediately.
  • Dryness, burning and irritation are common. If the symptoms seem to be too intense, seek out medical attention.

Who Should Not Use Azelaic Acid Topical?

Even though there is very little risk associated with using azelaic acid, it is suggested that some people should not use the product.

  • Persons who have a cut or eczema should not use the product. These should all be properly healed before it is applied.
  • Persons should not use Azelaic acid on their skin if it is dry, sun-burned, wind-burned, irritated or chapped. Using the product could actually make these conditions worse.
  • Persons who have dark skin might have a negative reaction in using Azelaic acid. There is the possibility of hyperpigmentation occurring.
  • Pregnant women should consult with their doctor before using this product. The FDA has stated that it is safe to use, however a pregnant woman or a woman planning on getting pregnant should consult with their doctor.
  • Because it is not known if azelaic acid is caused into the breast milk, it is important that women who are breast feeding should consult with their doctor.