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A silky & light 20% Azeclair Serum with a potent Azelaic Acid derivative (Potassium Azeloyl Diglycinate or PAD) to normalize oil production, even the skin tone & calm the skin.

30 ml

Skin type: all skin types, including sensitive

Skin concern: oiliness, uneven skin, sensitivity, redness

Cruelty-free | Vegan | Fragrance & Essential oil free | Gluten-free | Malassezia-safe | Pregnancy-safe


Azelaic Acid is a 3-in-1 clinically proven active that helps reduce blemishes, pigmentation and redness. This formula uses a new-generation water-soluble form called Potassium Azeloyl Diglycinate (PAD) that has similar properties to Azelaic Acid, but enables a super-light, oil-free texture. The two strong points of PAD are to even the skin tone and to control excessive oiliness.
Azeclair (Azelaic Form)

In our formula we are using 20% Azeclair, a solution containing 6% pure Potassium Azeloyl Diglycinate (PAD). While 6% might not sound like a high number, when it comes to PAD, it is an outstanding amount. The molecule is effective already and typically used at 1-3%. Studies done by the ingredient’s manufacturer show that 3% PAD (or 10% Azeclair) is an effective amount in normalizing oil production and evening the skin tone, while a study published in the Journal of Dermatological Treatment used 5% PAD for the management of rosacea. 

Geek tip: Based on our experience, those who are sensitive to niacinamide tend to find aPAD an especially helpful addition to their skincare routine.

Who is it for?

aPAD is ideal if you are looking for an Azelaic Acid product that is also light in texture and layers well with other products. It is an all-skin type formula that we especially recommend, if you have pigmentation, extra oiliness or redness (rosacea).
Skin Type
all skin types including sensitive
Skin Problem
oiliness, uneven skin, sensitivity, redness
fast-absorbing, thin gel consistency

how to use it?

Apply a few drops to the face after cleansing, before using emulsions and/or creams. Can be used either in the AM and/or PM.
Shelf life: 2 years from production (unopened), 6 months PAO (period after opening)

Ingredients & Research

key ingredients:

Potassium Azeloyl Diglycinate - A new generation Azelaic Acid derivative designed to be water-soluble and thus enable light formulas. It has a similar effect to the 3-in-1 clinical active Azelaic Acid that helps to normalize oil production, evening the skin tone, reducing blemishes, pigmentation and redness. There are a few studies using PAD already: two used it for the management of rosacea here and here, and another one used it for the management of melasma.  

Allantoin - A classic skincare ingredient known for its skin soothing & skin protecting abilities.

Glycerin & Methyl-Gluceth 20 - A gentle humectant combination to help the skin to hold onto water.

full inci list:

Aqua (Water), Potassium Azeloyl Diglycinate, Propanediol, Glycerin, Methyl-Gluceth 20, Allantoin, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Chlorphenesin, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol


Berardesca, Enzo, et al. "Clinical and instrumental assessment of the effects of a new product based on hydroxypropyl chitosan and potassium azeloyl diglycinate in the management of rosacea." Journal of cosmetic dermatology 11.1 (2012): 37-41.

Viyoch, Jarupa, et al. "Effects of trans-4-(aminomethyl) cyclohexanecarboxylic acid/potassium azeloyl diglycinate/niacinamide topical emulsion in Thai adults with melasma: a single-center, randomized, double-blind, controlled study." Current Therapeutic Research 71.6 (2010): 345-359.

Veraldi, Stefano, et al. "Treatment of symptoms of erythemato-telangiectatic rosacea with topical potassium azeloyl diglycinate and hydroxypropyl chitosan: Results of a sponsor-free, multicenter, open study." Journal of Dermatological Treatment 26.2 (2015): 191-192.

Customer Reviews

Based on 105 reviews



This bottle is about to run out and yet I have seen NO improvement on my pih/pie marks. So disappointing because I thought this would get rid of them at least a tiny bit but no!

Exceptional black skin friendly

First off, I have combination acne-prone sensitive skin so I struggle a lotttt with cystic hormonal acne meaning regardless of what I use I’m prone to breakouts. So when I buy products I tilt towards products with few ingredients that are fungal acne safe and won’t clog pores. This serum is all that and more. Azelaic acid is known for shrinking cystic acne but previous versions I’ve bought always itch me and when I itch back , a pimple forms so I was advised to try the one from this brand which I did and I’ve used it 4 times. So I used it as a treatment after cleaning and before a moisturizer and that’s all and a couple of hours later you can literally feel the cyst desolving into a scab. I’ll update later on it’s effect on hyperpigmentation but I got it for my acne and it’s exceptional at that. It’s also pregnancy sage so if you’re looking for an alternative to bha, it really doesn’t get better than this.

Note to the formulation team: have you thought about making a spot treatment with this formulation?

Also please make delivery to Canada easier than having to deal with dhl.

Works better than other brands!

aPAD is a fantastic choice if you’re looking for an Azelaic Acid product with a lightweight texture. It addresses pigmentation, oiliness, and redness effectively. Highly recommended!


Love this product. I have been using for some weeks now. I had gotten fungal acne from other products and this brand was gonna be my last try for something in the economical side. And gotta say even if the price goes up it be worth it!