Azelaic acid

Chemical formula: C₉H₁₆O₄  Molecular mass: 188.221 g/mol  PubChem compound: 2266

Active ingredient description

Azelaic Acid is a naturally occurring dicarboxylic acid. Azelaic acid possesses antibacterial, keratolytic, comedolytic, and anti-oxidant activity. Azelaic acid is bactericidal against Proprionibacterium acnes and Staphylococcus epidermidis due to its inhibitory effect on the synthesis of microbial cellular proteins.

Medicine classification

This medicinal substance has been classified in the anatomical therapeutic chemical (ATC) classification according to its main therapeutic use as follows:

ATC code Group title Classification
D10AX03 Azelaic acid D Dermatologicals → D10 Anti-acne preparations → D10A Anti-acne preparations for topical use → D10AX Other anti-acne preparations for topical use
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Product monographs

Competent medicine agencies globally have authorized commercialization of this active ingredient according to these medication package inserts (MPIs):

Title Information Source Document Type  
SKINOREN Cream Medicines & Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (GB) MPI, EU: SmPC
FINACEA Gel Medicines & Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (GB) MPI, EU: SmPC

Structural formula

Graphic representation of the active ingredient's molecular structure

3D molecular structure

3D representation of the active ingredient's molecular structure

External identifiers

CAS Substance: 123-99-9
DrugBank Drug: DB00548
KEGG Drug: D03034
PubChem Compound: 2266
RxNorm Ingredient: 18602
SNOMED-CT Concept: 332368008
Azelaic acid (substance)
SNOMED-CT Concept: 386936005
Azelaic acid (substance)
UNII Identifier: F2VW3D43YT


Azelaic acid is an active ingredient of these brands:

United States (US)

Austria (AT)

Brazil (BR)

Canada (CA)

Croatia (HR)

Cyprus (CY)

Ecuador (EC)

Estonia (EE)

Finland (FI)

France (FR)

Ireland (IE)

Lithuania (LT)

Mexico (MX)

New Zealand (NZ)

Poland (PL)

Romania (RO)

Singapore (SG)

South Africa (ZA)

Spain (ES)

Turkey (TR)

United Kingdom (UK)

Note the following: The list of brand names is continuously updated, and thus does not include the total of products circulating worldwide.

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