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Azelaic Acid Cream
Azelaic acid is a saturated dicarboxylic acid which is found naturally in wheat, rye, and barley. It is a natural substance that is produced by Malassezia furfur, a yeast that lives normally on the skin. Azelaic acid is industrially produced by the ozonolysis of oleic acid as is very effective against a number of skin conditions, such as acne. It is also a fact that Azelaic acid is a popular baldness cure.
Azelaic Acid Benefits
- Antibacterial – it reduces the growth of bacteria in the hair follicles.
- Returns to normal disordered growth of the skin cells & lining the follicles.
- Anti inflammatory (plus scavenger of free radicals).
- Reduces skin pigmentation, useful for acne spots as well as other spots therefore widely used for skin whitening.
- DHT blocker – effective against pattern baldness – read below.
Azelaic Acid is non toxic, and is safe for external topical use when used according to the instructions.
Azelaic Acide for Hair Loss
As for hair loss, there are no clinical studies that proves that it helps, just like the fact that there are no clinical proof for any other natural substance. Still, a study from 1988 found that Azelaic acid, combined with zinc & vitamin B6 is a strong type 5-Aalpha Reductase Inhibitor (5AR is the enzyme that converts testosterone into DHT). Blended with testosterone, over 90% of the enzyme was inhibited, and only small levels of DHT were detected. That makes Azelaic acid a potent DHT blocker. As DHT is the cause for pattern baldness in men and women, once you reduce it to low levels – the cause is gone (even a mild reduction can stop baldness, it depends on your genetic sensitivity level to DHT) .
Azelaic Acid Side Effects
Azelaic acid can cause skin irritation (mild to severe) and in rare cases there may be an allergic reaction to the substance. If side effects are spotted consider stop using it, or seek an expert’s advice.
Azelaic Acid cream is usually prescribed by a physician (although you can get it online without prescription as well). Most doctors will prescribe it only as an acne treatment.
Azelaic Acid Use for Baldness
Azelaic acid is a an acne treatment found to be effective for reduction of DHT levels, but it not designed to be a stand-alone baldness cure. It is most effective when combined with other hair loss treatments such as Propecia and Minoxidil (the only two clinically proven / FDA approved treatments for hair loss).
Azelaic acid is normally found as a skin cream that is used topically. You can also find it in many other hair loss products.
Using Azelaic Acid for Baldness
You have few options:
- Get Hair loss products that already contain it, such as Xandrox and Revivogen.
- Get Azelaic acid cream and apply it on the thinning areas (must be very careful, it may cause skin irritation so apply a thin layer). These creams are usually defined as acne medications.
- Get Azelaic acid flakes – these can be purchased online from manufactures and wholesale vendors. There are people who buy Azelaic acid flakes and add it to their Minoxidil bottle.
Azelaic Acid Conclusion
Azelaic acid can help to fight pattern baldness in men and women when used topically on the scalp. This DHT blocker is contained in many topical hair loss products or in Azelaic acid creams usually designed to treat acne, and can be a great adding to your current hair loss treatment.
This article was posted on December 7th, 2009 in Hair Loss Product Reviews
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