Deciem The Ordinary Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%: Review

Time for another Deciem The Ordinary review. I’m slowly working my way through The Ordinary line and NIOD. Here is an interesting product–Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%. Details per The Ordinary:

Found in grains, Azelaic Acid is produced naturally by yeast that lives on normal skin. It brightens the skin tone while visibly improving the evenness of skin texture and reducing the look of blemishes. It is a multi-functional support ingredient for all skin types and also acts as an effective antioxidant. This formula offers a very high 10% concentration of high-purity Azelaic Acid in a lightweight cream-gel system.

Azelaic Acid is interesting because it’s produced by yeast naturally and present on healthy skin. I’m always up for trying anything that brightens the skin tone and evens the skin texture. For the $7.90 this costs you can’t go wrong with trying it once. The packaging is a simple plastic tube. It works.

Directions Apply to face AM and/or PM to improve visible brightness and the appearance of skin texture. Avoid contact with eyes and mouth. Use sun protection during the day.

The positives: product has no discernible scent, I didn’t get any adverse reactions from it, it’s cheap, it’s much more gentle than AHA/BHA or any other type of acid product. No stinging or tingling. The negatives: the texture is a light gel cream with a silicone/dimethicone feel. It’s not a traditional slippery gel cream, it’s got that silicone/dimethicone texture and feel. Not my favorite for a serum. A primer maybe, not for a serum I layer. 

This did not play well with my other products. The only way it worked in layering was to have this be the top or last layer. Considering it’s not hydrating enough for that purpose it doesn’t work that way for me. This caused everything I layered over it to pill. So I banished this to my hands and used it up at night. While my hands did look nice while using this product it wasn’t the intended purpose. I think if The Ordinary reformulated this to have no silicone or dimethicone it would be an amazing product. I just really am not a big fan of dimethicone and silicone in serums, I’m OK with it in foundation and primers. I like to keep it to a minimum for my skin because it makes my face feel heavy. This is still worth trying as it’s so affordable. 


Aqua (Water), Isodecyl Neopentanoate, Dimethicone, Azelaic Acid, Dimethicone/Bis-Isobutyl PPG-20 Crosspolymer, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Polysilicone-11, Isohexadecane, Tocopherol, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Isoceteth-20, Polysorbate 60, Triethanolamine, Ethoxydiglycol, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin.

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