Cheshire Skin Clinic - Chemical Peels & Deep Heat Treatments
Azelaic acid (picture 5) is a naturally occurring substance found in wheat, rye, and barley. Azelaic acid is used to treat mild to moderate acne & redness. It works in part by stopping the growth of skin bacteria that cause acne, and by keeping skin pores clear. Azelaic acid also has a range of antibacterial properties, it reduces the growth of bacteria in the follicle (Propionibacterium acnes and Staphylococcus epidermidis) and is both 'keratolytic' (capable of the removal of the keratin-containing outer layer of skin) & 'comedolytic' ( something that is able to break up and inhibit comedo formation - a comedo is a plug of keratin and sebum within the dilated opening of a hair follicle, also known as a blackhead .) The previously disordered growth of the skin cells, lining the follicle then returns to normal. It is also a scavenger of free radicals and reduces inflammation/redness. In addition to this, azelaic acid reduces pigmentation: it is particularly useful for darker-skinned patients, who have melasma, or whose acne spots leave persistent brown marks known as actinic lentigenes.
Azelaic peel also contains Milk Thistle Extract (picture 6) and contains silymarin, a chemical with anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and anti-redness action.