FINACEA (Azelaic acid) gel is a medication prescribed to treat rosacea.
Rosacea is a condition where the skin of the face becomes red and inflamed with visible blood vessels. Rosacea is thought to be caused by a combination of factors, including bacteria, stress, alcohol consumptions, sunlight, and other stressors.
The exact mechanisms of how FINACEA gel works are not entirely clear, but it is thought to work in two different ways. FINACEA gel has some antimicrobial properties and is active against two common types of bacteria that cause rosacea, including Cutibacterium acnes and Staphylococcus epidermidis. FINACEA gel also seems to decrease microcomedo formation, which is a step in the process of acne formation.
Use FINACEA gel exactly as prescribed by your doctor. The normal dose of FINACEA gel is to apply a thin layer to the affected area twice daily. Speak with your doctor if you do not see improvement after 12 weeks.
Before using FINACEA gel, wash and dry the affected area with mild soap and pat dry the area before applying the medication. Wash your hands after using FINACEA gel.
The active ingredient in FINACEA gel is azelaic acid.
Avoid contact with eyes.
FINACEA gel should not be used if you have a known hypersensitivity to polyethylene glycol.
FINACEA gel should only be used on the skin and cannot be taken via oral, ophthalmic, or vaginal routes.
Monitor for signs of pigmentation change while using FINACEA gel.
The most common side effects of FINACEA may include: