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Updated on August 14, 2023

Overview

What they are

These products are both fungal acne (malassezia) safe and reef safe facial treatments. They have a total of 3 ingredients in common

Suited For

They're both likely to be good for fighting acne, dry skin, brightening skin, reducing pores, scar healing and dark spots

Free From

They both do not contain any harsh alcohols, common allergens, fragrances, oils, parabens, silicones or sulfates

We independently verify ingredients, and our claims are backed by peer-reviewed research. Spot a product that needs an update? Let us know.

Bayer Skinoren 20% Cream Azelaic Acid
Bayer Skinoren 20% Cream Azelaic Acid
Facial Treatment
German Brand Germany
Azclear Action Medicated Lotion
Azclear Action Medicated Lotion
Facial Treatment
Australian Brand Australia

Ingredient Info

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At a glance

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Benefits

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Notable Ingredients

Benefits

Ingredients Side-by-side

found in both products
Skinoren 20% Cream Azelaic Acid
Azelaic Acid Buffering, Masking
Helps reduce Skin Redness IconGood for Minimizing Pores IconGood for Dark Spots IconGood for Scar Healing IconHelps fight Acne Icon
5 Benefits

Azelaic acid is a naturally occurring acid derived from grains. This ingredient is effective in treating acne, rosacea, and other skin conditions.

Cetearyl Nonanoate Emollient

We don't have a description for Cetearyl Nonanoate.

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Propylene Glycol Humectant, Skin Conditioning, Solvent
0 / 0 May worsen Eczema Icon
May worsen EczemaMay worsen Eczema Icon

Propylene Glycol is an odorless, colorless liquid. As a humectant, it helps skin retain moisture. It also aids in delivering active ingredients.

0 Com. / 0 Irr.
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Glycerin Humectant, Skin Conditioning, Skin Protecting
0 / 0 Helps hydrate Dry Skin IconHelps brighten skin Icon
2 Benefits

Glycerin is already naturally found in your skin. It helps moisturize and protect your skin.

0 Com. / 0 Irr.
Benzoic Acid Masking, Preservative
Preservative IconMay worsen Eczema Icon
PreservativePreservative Icon May worsen EczemaMay worsen Eczema Icon

Benzoic Acid is used to preserve and adjust the pH of products.

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Water Skin Conditioning, Solvent

Water. It's the most common cosmetic ingredient of all. You'll usually see it at the top of ingredient lists, meaning that it makes up the largest part of the product.

Action Medicated Lotion
Azelaic Acid Buffering, Masking
Helps reduce Skin Redness IconGood for Minimizing Pores IconGood for Dark Spots IconGood for Scar Healing IconHelps fight Acne Icon
5 Benefits

Azelaic acid is a naturally occurring acid derived from grains. This ingredient is effective in treating acne, rosacea, and other skin conditions.

Alumina Abrasive, Absorbent
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Alumina is another name for the compound aluminum oxide. It is used as a thickener, absorbent, and abrasive.

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Kaolin Abrasive, Absorbent, Cosmetic Colorant
0 / 0 Exfoliant IconGood for Oily Skin IconHelps fight Acne Icon
ExfoliantExfoliant Icon 2 Benefits

Kaolin is a clay. It is used for oil control and to help minimize pores. Like other clays, kaolin has the ability to absorb excess sebum or oil. This can help clean out pores and mattify the skin.

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Colloidal Silver Antimicrobial

We don't have a description for Colloidal Silver.

Glycerin Humectant, Skin Conditioning, Skin Protecting
0 / 0 Helps hydrate Dry Skin IconHelps brighten skin Icon
2 Benefits

Glycerin is already naturally found in your skin. It helps moisturize and protect your skin.

0 Com. / 0 Irr.
Peg-75 Humectant, Solvent

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Phenoxyethanol Preservative
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Phenoxyethanol is a preservative that has germicide, antimicrobial, and aromatic properties. Studies show that phenoxyethanol can prevent germ and microbial growth. By itself, it has a scent that is similar to that of a rose.

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Pvp Emulsion Stabilising
0 / 0

Pvp is a water-soluble synthetic polymer and common hairstyling ingredient. It is a film-forming ingredient and used to "hold" specific shapes of hair.

0 Com. / 0 Irr.
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Water Skin Conditioning, Solvent

Water. It's the most common cosmetic ingredient of all. You'll usually see it at the top of ingredient lists, meaning that it makes up the largest part of the product.

Xanthan Gum Emulsifying, Emulsion Stabilising, Gel Forming

Xanthan gum is used as a stabilizer and thickener within cosmetic products. It helps give products a sticky, thick feeling - preventing them from being too runny.

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Ingredients Explained

These ingredients are found in both products.

Ingredients higher up in an ingredient list are typically present in a larger amount.

Buffering, Masking
Loved

Azelaic acid is a naturally occurring acid derived from grains. This ingredient is effective in treating acne, rosacea, and other skin conditions.

It has been shown to reduce the growth of acne-causing bacteria and helps reduce inflammation. On top of that, it helps reduce the production of sebum and unclog pores.

Azelaic Acid also has antioxidant properties. Antioxidants protect our skin cells from free-radical damage.

One of the main benefits of azelaic acid is that it is gentle and well-tolerated by most people. It is also non-comedogenic, meaning that it will not clog pores.

Fun fact: The lab-created form of azelaic acid is typically used within cosmetic products for its shelf-stability.

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Humectant, Skin Conditioning, Skin Protecting
Loved

Glycerin is already naturally found in your skin. It helps moisturize and protect your skin.

A study from 2016 found glycerin to be more effective as a humectant than AHAs and hyaluronic acid.

As a humectant, it helps the skin stay hydrated by pulling moisture to your skin. The low molecular weight of glycerin allows it to pull moisture into the deeper layers of your skin.

Hydrated skin improves your skin barrier; Your skin barrier helps protect against irritants and bacteria.

Glycerin has also been found to have antimicrobial and antiviral properties. Due to these properties, glycerin is often used in wound and burn treatments.

In cosmetics, glycerin is usually derived from plants such as soybean or palm. However, it can also be sourced from animals, such as tallow or animal fat.

This ingredient is organic, colorless, odorless, and non-toxic.

Glycerin is the name for this ingredient in American English. British English uses Glycerol/Glycerine.

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Skin Conditioning, Solvent
Loved

Water. It's the most common cosmetic ingredient of all. You'll usually see it at the top of ingredient lists, meaning that it makes up the largest part of the product.

So why is it so popular? Water most often acts as a solvent - this means that it helps dissolve other ingredients into the formulation.

You'll also recognize water as that liquid we all need to stay alive. If you see this, drink a glass of water. Stay hydrated!

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Ingredient Ratings

Here's what our community thinks of the ingredients in these two products.

Skinoren 20% Cream Azelaic Acid
3
2
1
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mixed
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not rated
Action Medicated Lotion
5
4
1
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mixed
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not rated

When to use

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40% use in am
60% use in pm
82% use every day
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42% use in am
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86% use every day
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Reviews

Here's what our community thinks

Bayer Skinoren 20% Cream Azelaic Acid 6 ingredients

5.0 /5
from 1 rating
Absorbs Well (1) Great Value (1) No Scent (1)
laila.21's avatar

Laila

3 months ago Β· Combination Skin
Review

I loveee this so much.πŸ’“
Used since Feb 27th, every other day at night after toner and hydrating serum.

I've been using it for around a month...

I loveee this so much.πŸ’“
Used since Feb 27th, every other day at night after toner and hydrating serum.

I've been using it for around a month now and I can finally say that I found something that does remove my old acne marks and hyperpigmentation!
this paired with alpha-arbutin serum worked soo fast as I saw improvements 15 days in.
not only does it help to even out the skin tone, but it also helps me so much with my active and hormonal acne as my skin rarely breakout when I used to get at least 4 new pimples every day.
Any 20% azelaic acid, I love youπŸ₯ΉπŸ’“

Azclear Action Medicated Lotion 10 ingredients

5.0 /5
from 2 ratings
Drying (1) Light (1)
Shayan's avatar

Shayan

2 months ago Β· Sensitive Skin
Review

A stronger, and slightly cheaper, alternative to finacea. After some troubleshooting, I found the best way to use this product is to apply...

A stronger, and slightly cheaper, alternative to finacea. After some troubleshooting, I found the best way to use this product is to apply immediately after cleansing and drying, waiting for it to dry completely, then focussing on moisturising for the rest of my routine. This is due to AA’s drying potential mixed in with kaolin and alumina (it is seriously mattifying).

I will update this review as I’ve only used it for 3 weeks, but my acute major breakouts have definitely calmed down.