10% Azelaic Acid Booster
Based on 91 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 91 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
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.
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.

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.
Show details

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

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

I'm grateful for this product!


I have mature, sensitive skin that easily scars -- and I have a lot of post-inflammatory spots on my skin that take AGES to get rid of. I also have mild bouts of rosacea and skin that's very reactive to new products at first. This product, which I just recently started using, does an amazing job of brightening pink spots, red marks, and irritated skin, leaving a smoother texture after just a couple of days of use! It's a keeper in my regime. Thank you!




Magical Powers!


This stuff works miracles! I'm in my 20s and have finally combated my acne (thanks to the CLEAR line) but still had some acne scars, dark spots, redness, and uneven skin tone. I mix this with my moisturizer every other day and could immediately see results. It does not irritate my skin (and it's quite sensitive) and instantly faded my acne scars. Officially part of my routine!




My new favourite product


I use this every morning with a daily moisturizer as well as before bed. I have noticed a huge improvement in my skin especially where I had acne scars.


Saskatchewan Canada


I will most likely buy again when i run out!


I was hesitant because of the pricing of buying this. I am honestly so glad I did! I've been using this product for a few days now (before my makeup & at bed-time) and ive seen SUCH a huge difference of my overall skin appearance. I have extremely red skin on my cheeks and this is the first relief I have ever found for it! Thank you Paulas choice! I am slowly getting to the place where I wont feel insecure without makeup!




Noticeable results


I have been using this product for about a month and my family has already commented on my skin improving. I have bad acne scars which turn my face red. This stuff has lightened up my skin and slightly smoothed its texture (what really smoothes my skin is the Skin Perfecting 2% BHA liquid, which I also highly recommend). The price is easy to use, doesn't harm my oily, acne-prone skin, and is reasonably priced. Have already bought a backup tube.


Iowa City, IA


I love this stuff, repurchasing!!


I love this stuff. When I first started using Paula's choice I had a bad experience simply because I started a whole new routine too quickly and with too many exfoliants, so I thought Paula's choice was to blame for my itchy, scaly red breakout face. This was far from the truth, I was simply just using the wrong products and too much of them. I soon realized this and cut down on the strength of my products, and incorporated things one thing at a time. This is when I introduced azelaic acid booster.. my skins breakouts (large, cystic pimples) began to fade so quickly! I have used it twice a day everyday with no irritation. It has absolutely made my wife pies on the center of my cheeks look almost invisible, and it has kept my breakouts under control and has helped fading my post breakout hyperpigmentation that I am very prone to. I use this in the morning now mixed with my moisturizer and I use the C25 super booster at night for my stubborn scars and they have worked wonders! I have always struggled with hyperpigmentation and this duo has definitely helped. I don't normally write reviews but I just had to for these products!! Thank you Paula!!




Works Fast


I started using it daily on brown spots and old acne scars and was thrilled to see significant fading in a matter of 2 weeks. I have sensitive ivory skin and every little discoloration shows up. I am extremely pleased with how well it works and how gentle it is.




Miracle worker


It helped me so much with tiny little bumps all over my forehead. It also calms down my pimples. It worked better than Drunk Elephant's Framboos Serum.


Brooklyn, New York




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.


Charleston, SC


Holy Grail Product!


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.


New York



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