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When you look at the ingredient list, the facetheory Lumizela Azelaic Acid A10 Serum sounds like breakfast. At least based on what I eat during the week, you don’t find fancy croissants here. Because other than the Azelaic Acid, which is derived from wheat,there are quite a few other things included that have potential skin benefits, but are also healthy and nutritious.
You have a humectant derived from corn syrup (okay, not healthy and nutritious, but I do have a sweet tooth), Oat Kernel Flour and Green Tea Extract. My breakfast usually consists of oats (sweetened) with fruit and a cup of green tea – it’s a match! (More info: The benefits of colloidal oat meal in skincare explained and The benefits of Green Tea Extract in skincare explained)
But is the Lumizela A10 serum (that also comes in A15) good for morning use? Let’s see.
What the facetheory Lumizela Azelaic Acid A10 Serum claims
Found in wheat, rye and barley, azelaic acid is a nature-identical antioxidant that can help reduce inflammation. Clinical studies show that azelaic acid gels can minimise the appearance of swelling and visible blood vessels caused by rosacea.
Azelaic acid products are believed to have an antibacterial effect against acne-causing bacteria, hyperpigmentation and rosacea.
Facts about the facetheory Lumizela Azelaic Acid A10 Serum
Prize and size
One darkened glass bottle (it comes with a pump) contains 30 ml and is available for 30 € on the website here. The 15 % Azelaic Acid version contains the same amount and costs the same, so you can easily pick depending on your concentration needs.
Texture and smell
It is white, has a very faint scent I can’t describe and looks and feels like a light lotion. Much runnier than a cream, but definitely richer than a serum would be, so light lotion fits it best. It is easy to spread, but leaves behind some tackiness after application.
How to use the facetheory Lumizela Azelaic Acid A10 Serum
You could use it both morning or night, maybe even twice a day, but I would recommend building up to that. Despite the low concentration it is potentially irritating, so be careful if you use other strong ingredients or your skin is particularly sensitive. (More info: The best way to combine skincare ingredients)
Azelaic Acid is safe for use in pregnancy and is often part of acne treatment during that time when other ingredients aren’t recommended. It has also shown to work better on atypical melanocytes, meaning it is great for uneven pigmentation, and is often used in rosacea. The higher concentrations are often unpleasant to use, so getting a lower one like this might be a compromise. (More info: The benefits of Azelaic Acid in skincare explained and Which skincare is safe to use in pregnancy)
That being said, I don’t like the texture of this one here much, at least not when used as serum – for me it works best when I treat it like a lotion and just deal with the tackiness.
Ingredients of the facetheory Lumizela Azelaic Acid A10 Serum
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Other than the Azelaic Acid it has Glycerin as humectant and Colloidal Oatmeal, Aloe Vera and Green Tea Extract with their skin soothing properties. There is also a Salicylic Acid Ester that I am not familiar with, and Rosehip Oil for antioxidant benefits.
Does it live up to its claims?
The claims are centered around the benefits of Azelaic Acid though, not claims regarding the product itself, so it is a little hard to judge. And as the data on Azelaic Acid stems from studies done with a much higher concentration than the one used here, it isn’t even safe to assume that it will work the same.
How does it compare to…
Geek and Gorgeous aPAD 20% Azeclair Serum
Now the first major difference is that Geek and Gorgeous uses a derivative, not Azelaic Acid itself. They also only use Allantoin as supporting soothing ingredient, no Colloidal Oatmeal or Aloe Vera. In texture it is more gelish and has no noticeable scent. If I had to chose, I would prefer Geek and Gorgeous, but as far as effect goes, I can’t tell a difference – keeping in mind, that I don’t suffer from redness or rosacea.
Would I repurchase and which skin types do I recommend the facetheory Lumizela Azelaic Acid A10 Serum to?
Despite all the benefits Azelaic Aicd has, I haven’t come across a product yet that made me want to keep it in my routine, and that is true here as well. While the texture is okay, I am just not the biggest fan and as redness and rosacea aren’t my main issues, I don’t think I will reach for it a lot in the future.
If you are rosacea prone or currently pregnant and struggling with acne or hyperpigmentation, it might be a good choice for you though. (More info: Everything you need to know about rosacea and skincare)
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