Rated 4.47 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Positive Review The only exfoliation my skin can handle and I love it!
I have had a seemingly hopeless experience with exfoliation. I have a skin condition called dermatographia that makes me prone to rashes when triggered by heat or rubbing and ALSO take a medication that causes facial flushing as a side effect.
I also have dry skin with redness and minor acne, and I wanted to try exfoliation like everyone else!
EVERYTHING made my face flush or break out in rashes. I tried enzymatic face wash, I tried the gentlest konjac sponge, but my skin just couldn't take it!
This is the ONLY thing that, when used every other day (and once a day on my chin and forehead) has not irritated my skin and the benefits have been fantastic!
I still get small amounts of acne, but it's super controllable and my overall texture has really improved! I don't feel the need to wear foundation anymore because it's glowing and even!
I'm sure there are still some sensitive users who have problems with the formula, but for me, it's very gentle.
However, if it works for you, I would recommend using it as often as is comfortable FOR YOU and make sure to moisturize well, because it can be drying!
Most Helpful Critical Review I really really wanted to love this
I had high hopes for this product, but it wasn't effective and was too harsh for my skin. :( I have acne with some acne scarring, and closed comedones around my mouth and on my neck. Since my skin is so fair, it is often blotchy and with irregular tone and redness. I used this for about a month on my face, but it didn't get rid of any comedones, and it wasn't very effective on my acne or acne scars. I used only a little and patted/ rubbed it in. I didn't have a ton of issues with pilling once I figured it out, I just applied my moisturizer very gently after this product, gliding it over my face. But I didn't use the azelaic acid in the morning, because applying makeup over it always made the azelaic acid pill underneath to some degree. My face always itched and burned after I applied this product, but I thought that just meant it was working! I realized after I started using this on my neck that it was actually irritating my skin. It made my whole neck red where I had applied it, and my chin was red as well. My skin is mildly sensitive, and this just happened to be a product it didn't like!
Reviewed by 238 customers Really works
Et from CA
Unclog pores and reduces oil without harsh drying out.
Lola from Lansing mi
I hade such bad textured skin after a few weeks I saw visible results
Working great to reduce pigmentation
None from Illinois
I have only been using for about 2 weeks but can already see progress in reducing uneven color in my face, pigmentation issues.
sheenabeena from TX
I hate seeing good products get bad reviews. This stuff is so great! If it didn't work for you, then it's simply not for you. Excellent for rosacea. Let's just get one thing clear though, THIS IS NOT A MOISTURIZER SO STOP TRYING TO USE IT LIKE ONE. yes the bottle is small, but this is a face treatment. I recommend using this in the evening and not under makeup. It may work for some depending on what type you use but it does deliver some exfoliation and can possibly be irritating for some. I usually rinse off in AM to avoid any interactions with my moisturizer or makeup. When my rosacea starts to flare up I just put a little of this on and it noticeably reduces the bumps and breakouts and redness and seriously makes my face feel sooooo smooth. Do not try to rub this all over! I think that's a mistake alot of you are making. This stuff just doesn't spread well and dries quickly so if you over do it, yes it may pill. I also don't think this is for every type of breakout therefore won't work for everyone.
Skin so smooth!!!
Leah from California
I will say my skin was already pretty clear, but my main concern was some texture issues. I used this once (!!!) last night, over my moisturizer, as the last step of my routine, and my skin looks so smooth today! I do have some scarring on my body, so I'll be trying it for that as well, but so far this is definitely gonna be a repurchase for me, just for the face texture improvement.
Kylee from Los Angeles
When I entered my early- to mid- 20s, my skin began breaking out like never before. I've finally gotten it mostly under control, but I have a lot of scarring and redness (partially from rosacea), especially around my cheeks and chin. I've tried a LOT of different products over the years, but this is one that changed my complexion almost instantly. After just two weeks of use, I've already seen improvements in my scarring and redness.
I use this every night. It is the LAST step in my routine - after all my sereums and lotions. It's very thick and a lot of people complain of pilling, but I haven't had any issues by using it in that order.
Great for rosacea
Ari from Las Vegas
I use this product with Niacinamide & it has really done something about my texture and rosacea.
I wish I find it before
Sens8 from Ca
I've been using as soon as I got it nearly one week. I can see the difference on my skin, works well on my acne marks, make it smaller and smaller
Baillie from Illinois
I use this in the morning after my serum and before my moisturizer. Makes my skin so soft and has reduced my redness!
On my second tube
Jamie from Texas
I can tell you how much I love this. My skin is so much brighter and even since I started using it. The one drawback is how little the tube is.
It really works!
Natasha from FL
So a while ago I bought this after reading about the benefits of azelaic acid, but after one use I returned it because I didn't really like the smell on my face after I put some on. However after months of trying other products to help with my occasional breakouts, uneven skin tone and acne scars I decided to give this a try again and WOW. My stubborn acne scars are GONE, my skin tone is much more even and even my under eye dark circles looks visibly less dark now. I tried many high end brands prior and nothing made a difference. I've been using this product for 2 weeks now every night before bed along with the niacinamide 10%, I put that on first let it soak into my skin then put the azelaic acid on, both products together have been life changing. I feel so much more confident in my bare skin now.
2 weeks of use
nelly from Arizona
2 weeks of use and I see my face a bit clearer.
Amazing! from Palm Beach
Normally I don't write reviews - but this has helped IMMENSELY with my discoloration and active pimples! I've tried antibiotics and prescription topicals but this doesn't dry me out or leave my face red as both did! Not to mention I don't want to be on antibiotics for the rest of my life...I've been using for almost 2 months and have already stocked up - please try! It's so cheap but really does amazingly!
Abby from NY
Alright I'm not one to leave reviews, but I just had to say something about this product! I've dealt with rosacea for years now and have fallen for many different skincare products that have claimed they would reduce my redness, only for all of them to fail. I've been using this azelaic acid suspension for a week now, and when I woke up this morning and looked in the mirror I was STUNNED. My redness isn't 100% gone yet since it's only been a week, but it has decreased DRAMATICALLY! Anyone else out there who doesn't believe they'll ever find a product to help them... give this a try!! It's inexpensive and works like MAGIC!
Cassie from North Carolina
My face always feel so soft and smooth after using this. It also helps reduce my little breakouts and bumps. I love it and will be repurchasing.
Couldn't be happier!
Sam from SC
This product is an amazing find for the price! I have oily acne-prone skin and it has taken a turn for the better after 3 weeks of use twice a day. My hyperpigmentation is lighter along with an overall smoother appearance to my face. Very pleased
Gentle and effective!
Slimespawn from Phoenix, AZ
I typically use this at night after using the Ordinary Niacinamide treatment, after toning. I often use this in the morning as well for more stubborn breakouts that may be taking longer to clear up. It has a slight silicone type texture which isn't everybody's thing but I don't mind at all.
Wish Container Was Bigger
Jasmine from Chicago
The product itself is good and did a good job fairly quickly (noticed a change within 1-2 weeks of using the product everyday). However, the packaging is small and you will run out of the product fairly fast. I wish it came in a bigger container.
It REALLY worked!!!
Ruth11 from Cleveland, OH
Tried this product after seeing a tiny blurb about it reducing redness in a magazine. It was inexpensive enough to give it a try. So glad I did! Within 2 days of using it, I saw a noticable difference in my rosacea. I thought I just had splochy red skin on my nose and cheeks but this cream definately helped even my skin tone out. My only complaint, is I would like a bigger tube. Using it twice a day now, it doesn't last me long.
I love this product
Mobetta' from Indianapolis
Use this twice a day with squalane cleanser. Wow, what an improvement in texture, dark spots, and breakouts. No irritation at all.
B from Tampa
i NEVER write reviews but seriously this stuff is amazing. I started using it about a week ago and already seen changes in my acne scarring. It didn't break me out at all but if you have sensitive skin I recommend using this over a moisturizer and starting off with a small amount.
I enjoy it
Kat from WA
Significantly helped with the massive rosacea flushes I get at night. The redness I get throughout the day has been diminished as well.
My acne has benefited a bit from this product, my pimples have been a lot smaller and not nearly as painful.
I will note that while this product feels like velvet on your skin, it doesn't have a very pleasant smell. It goes away pretty quickly and I got used to it quickly. But it's something to note.
Joan in FL from FL
I use this daily in the morning after cleansing. My dermatologist advised this product and this brand (she loves the Ordinary's entire product line). I think it is really helping to smooth-out my acne scarred sun damaged OLD skin.
Must buy Tik Tok product
Mrs. Robinson from Honolulu, Hi
I use this product right after moisturizer at night and within 3 days i've already seen my acne scars start to fade. Must buy!!!
Hyram was right
Spartangirl23 from Saginaw, MI
Bought after seeing this on his TikToks and oh my gosh it's the best thing ever for my hormonal acne. Highly recommend.