10% Azelaic Acid Booster
Based on 81 reviews
This unique formula uses potent azelaic acid plus other powerhouse ingredients to clarify uneven tone, target stubborn spots and soothe irritation resulting in smoother, more radiant, younger-looking skin.

10% Azelaic Acid Booster

Based on 81 reviews
This unique formula uses potent azelaic acid, plus other powerhouse ingredients to clarify uneven tone, target stubborn spots and soothe irritation resulting in smoother, more radiant, younger-looking skin.
  • Azelaic acid’s effectiveness is backed by over 20 years of research
  • Lightweight, oil-free cream-gel texture
  • Use alone or add to your moisturizer or serum
Skin Types:
All Skin Types, Sensitive Skin
Concerns:
Anti-Aging

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Why is it different?
This multi-action, all-skin-types booster targets several stubborn skin concerns at once thanks to its powerhouse blend of azelaic and salicylic acid, plus plant-derived brightening and soothing ingredients. Lightweight, oil-free texture works beautifully on its own or mixed with other treatments.
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What does it do?

This multi-tasking cream-gel formula reduces the look of blemishes, smooths bumpy texture, calms redness, and steadily fades uneven skin tone and post-breakout marks.

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How to use
Once or twice daily, apply to face and neck. May be used alone or added to your favorite moisturizer or serum. For daytime, always follow with a sunscreen.
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Research

Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2017, issue 1, pages 35-42; and September 2016, issue 3, pages 269-282

The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology, March 2017, pages 37-40; and July 2010, pages 20-31

Advanced Biomedical Research, February 2017, ePublication

Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, October 2016, pages 771-775

Skin Therapy Letter , January 2016, pages 1-7

Cutis, January 2016, pages E9-E11

Skin Pharmacology and Physiology,, Volume 27, Supplement 1, 2014, pages 9-17

Ingredients
Key Ingredients
Product Ingredients Water (Aqua), Azelaic Acid (skin-brightening/tone-improving), C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate (emollient), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (skin-replenishing), Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate (emollient), Glycerin (skin-replenishing), Cetearyl Alcohol (texture enhancer), Glyceryl Stearate (texture enhancer), Dimethicone (hydration/texture enhancer), Salicylic Acid (exfoliant), Adenosine (skin-restoring), Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract (skin-soothing), Boerhavia Diffusa Root Extract (skin-soothing), Allantoin (skin-soothing), Bisabolol (skin-soothing), Cyclopentasiloxane (texture enhancer), Xanthan Gum (stabilizer), Sclerotium Gum (stabilizer), Propanediol (hydration), Butylene Glycol (hydration), Phenoxyethanol (preservative).

Ratings & Reviews

Repurchased

5

I use this a few times a week. I never thought of my face as particularly red, but when I stopped using it, my cheeks started getting rosy. Also, I don't know that I can point to any one product, but I added this around the same time as a few other and my skin is absolutely flawless. I'm 30 and don't need foundation. I can dab concealer under my eyes and put gel blush on! I couldn't do that 2 years ago. I do wear foundation, though, most of the time, and all I need is a cushion foundation for ultra light coverage, so my freckles can still show through! I also think this has helped with my red nose. I used to absolutely need makeup to cover my nose—usually concealer.

SarahCarolina

Charleston, SC

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Holy Grail Product!

5

When I first read about azelaic acid, I knew it might be a great match for my hormonal-acne prone skin. I researched various products before deciding on Paula's Choice Azelaic Acid Booster. I began using this recently, and so far, my skin absolutely loves it! Of all of the products I have tried over the years, this is the one that has had the most powerful and beneficial impact on my skin with the least side effects. My acne is clearing up and easier to manage. I have even had a deep cystic acne bump disappear in two days with the use of this booster. As far as side effects, I have not noticed any! No irritation, no redness, no purging, no dryness, etc. This booster feels great on my skin! It is light and absorbs quickly. Moisturizer, SPF, and foundation all layer over it nicely. I finally feel on the road to fresh, healthy, happy skin.

Anjofy

New York

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Fast results!

5

I've only been using for a week on my acne-prone textured skin and WOW! What a difference already! I use tretinoin at night, but it doesn't always help even texture. This seems to be gently yet quickly doing the trick! I had been using the 2%BHA liquid, but it's too irritating for me when the coke, dry weather hits. This is my new go-to daytime treatment!

Portland Polly

Portland, OR

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Amazing

5

This product is amazing. I've had quite a few people tell me my skin is glowing since I've started using it. Getting it for my mom and sister for Christmas too!

Liz

North Carolina

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Love!

5

I've tried other boosters, and this is hands-down my favorite. I use a little morning and night, and my skin texture feel so soft and smooth! It's also helped lighten up a couple sun spots. Now that the weather has gotten cooler where I live, my normal/dry skin has been very happy that I've added this to my routine.

barryj

MA

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Helps both the bumpiness AND redness of my mild rosacea

5

Prescription Finacea never helped the redness of my mild rosacea. This stuff DOES. It does not dry out my skin, and it smooths and evens skin tone wherever I use it. Definitely exceeding my expectations. I'm ordering my third tube today. FYI: My skin did go through a mild flare up after I first started using the Boost: increased redness and sensitivity. This quickly passed, though, and now my skin looks better than it has in years.

LULU

Detroit, MI

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this product is different than the rest

5

I have tried many Paula products (beta and alpha hydroxy acids, a variety of serums, toners, cleansers) for my adult acne (mostly blackheads and sebacious hyperplasia) with minimal to no effect. This product is remarkable. I wouldn't say it has created glowing, clear skin, but what it has done is revealed and allowed estraction of deep blackheads, reduced the visbility of hyperplastic lesions, and reduced the appearance of pores, especially on my nose. I use it twice a day with no irritation. There is finally a product I believe in!

jane

Seattle, WA

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Game Changer!

5

I don't know what kind of miracle Paula put in this little tube but let me tell you, it's a game changer! I've used PC products for 4 or 5 years. I started with oily, acne prone, sensitive skin at 25 to now combo, acne prone, sensitive skin with anti aging in mind. I've added and subtracted many things in and out of my PC routine. I pretty much use only PC products aside from a drunk elephant mask and the Sunday Riley good genes. This tube has amped up my PC routine. My skin feels smoother, less textured, more even toned, bouncy, plump, I mean this stuff is a must have for anyone's routine. Trust me, GET IT!!! You just have to! I promise you won't be disappointed and you will see a notice le difference. I don't fully understand what it does exactly, I just know how much it changed my skin for the better and helped my other products work more effectively.

Jessika

Alabama

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Great products

5

I found this cream is best for after laser treatment.

Mary Anne

Victoria, BC

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doing for me what no vitamin C ever could

5

Think freckled, "meslasmic" fair skin with some acne scaring - that's what I have. It looks best after pricey chemical peels, but the downtime for that is annoying, cost is high, and long term safety uncertain. Then I met this guy: Azelaic acid and it is SERIOUSLY helping. I'm about a month in and will keep going! The only con I can think of is the slightly drying property of the cream. I don't think it makes my pores look great under make-up, but the efficacy is so on point, that I don't mind.

HappySkin

WA

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