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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 110 reviews
Michaela Rubio
Happy tears

I could cry. I’m so happy that I decided to give this a shot. I have mild rosacea but on top of that my skin is just very reactive in general and is red 99% of the time. I’ve tried azaleic acid from other brands & it irritates my skin while in use & temporarily worsens my redness as a result- not the results I was going for obviously. I’ve tried layering it, slowly working up and increasing the frequency of use, but alas, my skin just never seemed to adjust to it. I remembered G&G had an azaleic acid serum & that it was a derivative- I decided to make a last ditch effort and see if the derivative was less harsh & irritating to my skin. Alas! I’m finally seeing all the wonderful benefits of azaleic acid that I’ve read about with none of the side effects! My oiliness is under control (in the heat of summer no less!), my redness is significantly reduced, & my skin is less inflamed in general. I can use this twice a day with no side effects and no burning upon application. The texture is light with a bit of a gel texture that goes on smooth but dries to lightly tacky. It easily incorporates into my routine and I don’t have any issues layering it with any other serums (even my oily ones). Honestly this is a God send. I don’t know how many people have issues with regular azaleic acid- but if you’re one of them give this a try!

Arica M.
Perioral dermatitis rescue

I’ve purchased this product a few times now, it’s the only serum my skin tolerates when my dermatitis is flared up and seems to help reverse the irritation. No pilling or tackiness and layers well beneath moisturizer and spf.


J'adore ce serum, ce serum me donne bonne mine après la nuit !!! Je l'utilise depuis 4 mois et je vois rarement des resultats avec autres produits . J'ai commandé d autre serum de la marque à essayer. 😊

Peut on le combiner avec le b bomb le h5 ou le perefectly ??

Gentle and effective

Unlike the regular azelaic asud, this formulation works great on rosacea prone skin. No irritation, very light and easy to apply. Layers well with moisturiser or sunscreen as well.

Please i need advice!

I have very sensitive skin, redness, and itchiness like crazy, so i start using both Azelaic Acid and Niacinamide from this brand for almost 3 months now at night. But every time i apply them it has a burning feeling and after few seconds its gone. Should i continue using it or stop?

Hi, we are happy to help. :) We suggest that you stop using both serums to give your skin a little rest. When you feel that your skin's back to normal, do a patch test & introduce aPAD into your routine again, using it once a day & then if your skin tolerates it well, twice a day. If everything's OK, B-Bomb could have been the culprit (some people are sensitive to Niacinamide & B-Bomb contains a high amount of it). But if the burning sensation prevails, it's best to stop using aPAD altogether as it might not be for you. You can then try to re-introduce B-Bomb into your routine the same way, gradually. Listen to your skin & we hope that this way you can find out which serum might have caused the issue. Should you have any more questions, please drop an email to
P.S. Have you tried our Stress Less serum? It's designed to help sensitive skin, reducing redness & itchiness.