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Finacea (azelaic acid) gel is a medicine used to treat the symptoms of Rosacea. Rosacea is a long-term skin condition that causes flushing, redness and irritation around the face.

Order with DrEd simply by completing our brief medical questionnaire. Our doctors will then review your order and then approve appropriate treatment.


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What is Rosacea?

Rosacea is a very common skin condition, but it’s still not properly understood. It can cause a range of symptoms, but usually affects people around the face (nose, cheeks, and eyes). Rosacea isn’t a contagious infection, which means that you can’t pass it between people.

It’s virtually unknown for Rosacea to cause permanent skin damage or scarring. However, it is a chronic condition. This means that people with Rosacea can have times when their symptoms are very strong, and periods where they are symptom-free. You could have a few months of flushing and skin irritation, and years before your next outbreak.

Symptoms of Rosacea:

  • flushing (temporary blushing of the face, neck or chest, sometimes with a hot feeling)
  • erythema (patches of redness that don’t go away quickly)
  • acne-like bumps or swelling (papules and pustules)
  • thickening of the skin
  • dry, itchy or rough skin
  • swelling around the face
  • burning, itchy or painful skin 

What causes it?

No one knows exactly what causes Rosacea. However, there are certain things which are been reported as making Rosacea symptoms worse, such as:

  • stress
  • changes in weather (extreme light, hot or cold, or windy)
  • alcohol
  • caffeine
  • dairy
  • menopause

Talk to your nurse or GP if you think you might have Rosacea. There are number of treatments available to help keep your symptoms under control.

Who can get Rosacea?

Anyone can get Rosacea, but it’s most common in:

  • people over the age of 30
  • people with fair skin
  • women

It’s not very common in children or adolescents.

The best way to diagnose your Rosacea is by visiting your local nurse or GP, who will ask you about your medical history, signs and symptoms, and potential triggers.

Can Rosacea be cured?

Because no one knows exactly what causes Rosacea, there is currently no cure. However, there are medications available which help to keep the symptoms under control or at bay, including:

  • self-help (washing your face regularly with sensitive products, and avoiding known triggers)antibiotics
  • laser treatment (which can be expensive)
  • topical treatments (creams or gels) 

Your nurse or GP will help you decide which form of treatment is best for you.

What’s the difference between Finacea (azelaic acid) gel and Metronidazole 0.75% gel?

Finacea (azelaic acid) gel and Metronidazole 0.75% gel are two types of topical treatment for the symptoms of Rosacea. Both are applied in the same way: directly to the affected areas of skin. 

The main difference between the two gels is that Finacea (azelaic acid) gel is thought to be slightly more effective, but also more likely to cause side effects (like skin irritation) than Metronidazole 0.75% gel.

What’s the difference between Finacea (azelaic acid) gel and Mirvaso gel?

Mirvaso is another topical treatment, however it is used specifically to treat people who have rosacea that presents more with flushing and erythema. Finacea gel should be used to treat rosacea if the main symptoms are papules and pustules (acne-like).

Why would I use Finacea (azelaic acid) gel to treat my Rosacea?

You would use Finacea (azelaic acid) gel if you wanted to treat your external symptoms of Rosacea, or mild acne. Use it exactly as you are told to by your prescribing nurse or GP. Using the gel too often can make your symptoms worse.

How does Finacea (azelaic acid) gel work?

Finacea (azelaic acid) gel is antibacterial. It works mainly by unclogging the pores on your skin, and relieving inflamed papules and pustules on your skin, which could be caused by acne or Rosacea.

How long does it take to work?

For Rosacea: the gel typically takes around 4 weeks to work. This varies from person to person. However, if your symptoms don’t change after 2 months, check with your prescribing nurse or GP. 

For acne: the gel usually works quicker, and should have an effect within the first month of using it. If your symptoms don’t improve within 4 weeks, talk to your nurse or GP.

How effective is Finacea (azelaic acid) gel?

Finacea (azelaic acid) gel is one of the most popular treatments for the relief of mild acne and the symptoms of Rosacea. If used correctly, it can be very effective.

Can it be used by men or women?

Yes, Finacea (azelaic acid) gel can be used by both men and women.

Who can use it? 

You should only use Finacea (azelaic acid) gel if it’s been prescribed to you by a registered nurse or doctor. Only apply it externally, to the affected areas of skin.

Who shouldn’t use it?

Finacea (azelaic acid) gel isn’t recommended for use in children under the age of 12. You shouldn’t ever use it if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to its listed ingredients.

If you are pregnant, check with your nurse or doctor before using the gel. Avoid applying the gel to your nipples or breasts if you are currently breastfeeding.

How long do you use Finacea (azelaic acid) gel for? 

This depends on the severity of your symptoms, and varies a lot between people. Usually, it is used as a short-term solution (over several months), while your symptoms are particularly bad.

When should I stop using it? 

Only use Finacea (azelaic acid) gel for as long as you’ve been told by your prescribing nurse or GP. Stop using it sooner if you experience any unpleasant or severe side effects, or an allergic reaction.

How do I store my Finacea (azelaic acid) gel? 

Keep your medication safely out of the reach of children, and don’t use it beyond the expiry date written on the tube and carton.  

Is it safe to buy Finacea (azelaic acid) gel?

It’s only safe to use if you’ve been prescribed it personally by a registered nurse or GP. Unlicensed medication is often ineffective and can be dangerous.

Common side effects:

  • burning, itchy or painful skin
  • rash
  • tingling, numb or dry skin where applied

 Rare side effects:

  • allergic reaction (swelling of the eyes, face and throat)
  • hives
  • abnormal skin reactions (like scaly skin, extreme redness, changes in colour)
  • increased asthma symptoms

Which drugs can Finacea (azelaic acid) gel interact with? 

We’re still not sure whether Finacea (azelaic acid) gel interacts with other medicines. However, always check with your nurse or GP before using the gel, if you are currently or have recently used other medicines.

Dosage

Only use Finacea (azelaic acid) gel as you have been told to by your prescribing nurse or GP. 

Apply 0.5g (about 1 inch) of gel twice a day to the affected areas of skin. Make sure that your skin is properly clean beforehand, and wash your hands after applying the gel 

Can I increase my dosage of Finacea (azelaic acid) gel?

You shouldn’t increase your dosage without first talking to your nurse or doctor. If you miss a treatment, don’t use twice the amount the next time, to make up for it.

What’s inside my Finacea (azelaic acid) gel?

The active ingredient is azelaic acid.

The other ingredients are: benzoic acid (E210), lecithin, disodium edetate, carbomers, propylene glycol, sodium hydroxide, polysorbate 80, triglycerides medium chain, and purified water.

Is there anything else I should know?

Finacea (azelaic acid) gel is only for external use. Never apply it internally (for example: in the mouth or eyes), to broken or damaged skin.

If you have a question about this service, please email info@dred.com with the question, and one of our doctors will get back to you within 24 hours.

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