Azelaic Acid

How Do You Prevent Azelaic Acid From Pilling?

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Azelaic acid is a popular acne treatment, but it can cause pilling if not applied correctly.

This article will explain what pilling is and teach you ways to prevent it from happening.

1. Use a thick moisturizer with an SPF of 30 or higher

If you’re going to apply azelaic acid, you’ll want to make sure that your skin is hydrated and well-protected from the sun.

Otherwise, it can lead to irritation and redness—which no one wants!

If you’re using a different product before applying your azelaic acid (like vitamin C serums), make sure that it’s not too hydrating for the skin or else it will not absorb well into the skin.

You should also look for a moisturizer that contains at least an SPF 30 or higher.

2. Apply your azelaic acid at night

To prevent pilling, it’s best to apply your azelaic acid at night.

Applying before bed will give it enough time to soak into the skin and do its thing while you’re asleep.

If you can’t or don’t want to apply in the morning, try applying after washing your face with a gentle cleanser—this way, you’ll be able to wash off any excess product if it gets on your pillowcase or sheets.

Before applying azelaic acid:

  • Wash your face with a gentle cleanser such as CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser or Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleansing Cloths
  • Pat dry; make sure there is no leftover residue from the cleanser on your skin
  • Apply a thick moisturizer with SPF 30 (or higher)
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3. Use a primer before applying your foundation

To ensure that your azelaic acid-based foundation stays smooth and even all day, you should use a primer before applying it.

Primers can help keep your foundation from sliding off, getting cakey, or creasing.

Here’s how to apply primer before applying foundation:

  • Apply a small amount of moisturizer all over the face (you could even use an oil-free face wash).
  • Then wait for about 30 seconds for the moisturizer to set in before going on to the next step in your routine. A few minutes is good too if you’re trying this out for the first time!

4. Use a makeup setting spray after applying your foundation

Now that you’ve found a formula that works for your skin, it’s time to put it all together.

The last step is applying your foundation with a beauty blender or brush, and then setting it with a makeup setting spray.

A good quality setting spray will help keep your foundation from caking and pilling throughout the day, while also helping it stay in place so there are no lines or creases in how it sits on your face.

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With the right formula on hand and some practice using them together, you can ensure that every morning when you wake up looking like yourself—only better!

5. Make sure your skin is clean and dry before applying any products that contain azelaic acid, such as moisturizer and sunscreen

Make sure your skin is clean and dry before applying any products that contain azelaic acid, such as moisturizer and sunscreen.

If you’re using a moisturizer with SPF, make sure it’s applied last.

6. Apply thin layers of product instead of one thick layer of product

If you’re applying a thick layer of product, e.g., foundation or concealer, it can appear clumpy and cakey on your skin.

Applying a thin layer will result in better overall coverage without any pilling whatsoever!

7. Wait for each layer to dry before applying another layer of product

Pilling is caused by excess moisture on the skin.

To prevent pilling, you need to wait for each layer of product to dry before applying another layer of product.

This will help prevent pilling and avoid having a mask that is too thick and clumpy.

You can use products specifically designed for absorbing excess moisture from the skin or even just plain old facial tissue paper.

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Examples include:

  1. Oil Absorbing Sheets – These are great for absorbing excess oil from oily areas like your T-zone (forehead, nose and chin). They’re also useful for absorbing any extra creaminess in an under-eye treatment as well as helping with pilling issues!
  2. Pores No More – This is an alcohol-free toner that’s designed specifically to remove surface impurities from your face in order to prep it better for applying makeup products or serums/moisturizers etc., which will help reduce pilling issues because they’ll be able to get into those tiny pores more easily without being blocked off by makeup residue left behind after taking off previous products earlier in the day!

8. Try using blotting papers or a powder to absorb excess moisture from the skin (this will help prevent pilling)

If you have oily skin, this is especially important because it will help control shine and keep your makeup looking fresh longer.

For dry skin types, moisturize before applying azelaic acid, as well as after it dries to lock in moisture.

Final Thoughts

If you’re interested in trying out azelaic acid, we recommend starting with a small amount and gradually increasing the dosage as needed.

This will help you avoid getting any irritation from applying too much product at once.