I don’t know where to start with my skin; the main problem I have is that I suffer from Rosacea, which means my skin suffers from rosacea breakouts, redness and sensitivity. On top of that, I also have pigmentation problems & a skin type that swing between being dryer than the Sahara Desert the to having more oil than Texas.
I decided to re-read The Skin Type Solution by Dr. Leslie Baumann
This time I’ve been diagnosed as a OSPT which means I am Oily, Sensitive, Pigmented & Tight (it means no wrinkles, get your mind out of the gutter).
In her book for this skin type two of the products she recommends are Australian brand Ego’s Acnederm Facial Wash & Medicated lotion. I was a bit scared of these products as usually anything designed for acne skins just irritates my skin makes my rosacea breakouts even worse.
I decided to put my detective hat on & discovered that Ego Acnederm Medicated Lotion contains 20.0% Azelaic acid. I’ve heard awesome things about Azelaic acid for rosacea & acne skins so have been wanting to try it for ages but had had trouble trying to find products containing it in Australia.
Ego has changed the packaging of the old Acnederm products & changed the names but the formula seems to be the same. It’s now called AZclear Action Medicated Lotion & AZclear Action Foaming Wash.
Azclear Action Foaming Wash
I was a bit worried that this cleanser would dry out my skin and irritate it but it is a very gentle self-foaming wash that is ph-balanced and antibacterial to control acne & rosacea. It leaves my skin feeling soft & clean with no irritation. WE HAVE A WINNER!
Azclear Action medicated lotion contains Azelaic acid 20.0% which has anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and exfoliating properties and it is also effective against hyperpigmentation and melasma.
I heard heard of people experiencing sun sensitivity & the sensation of itching on the face when using products containing Azelaic acid but I have not experienced any of that with this product.
I only wear it at night as it does feel a bit like you have dried glue on your face & can ball up, but to me it’s totally worth it as it has significantly cleared up my skin.
While my skin is still not completely clear, I have read that it can take up to 6 weeks for Azelaic acid to take full effect & I have been using it for about 4 weeks now but even if this is as good as it gets, I will still continue to use it as it has still made more of a difference than any other product I have used so far.