Compare Finacea vs. Minocycline

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Finacea (azelaic acid)

Prescription only

Solodyn (Minocycline)

Prescription only
Treats rosacea.

Finacea (azelaic acid) helps treat raised spots and pimple-like bumps that come from rosacea, but only provides slight redness improvement. Talk to your doctor if you are concerned about the redness from rosacea.

Treats bacterial infections.

Solodyn (Minocycline) is an effective way to treat certain skin infections, acne, and rosacea, but you'll need to use barrier methods of birth control since it can make birth control pills less effective and cause birth defects.

4.0/ 5 average rating with 17 reviewsforMinocycline
Upsides
  • Comes in both a gel and foam formulation.
  • Studies show Finacea (azelaic acid) is effective at reducing raised spots and pimple-like bumps in mild to moderate rosacea.
  • Is as effective as alternative medicines.
  • Clinical studies show it's effective against MRSA, a common skin infection, and it's commonly used to treat acne and rosacea.
  • Available as a generic, so it should be reasonably priced.
  • Solodyn (Minocycline) is less likely to cause sunburn than other tetracycline antibiotics.
  • Bacteria are less likely to become resistant to Solodyn (Minocycline) than other tetracycline antibiotics.
Downsides
  • Only available as a prescription.
  • More expensive than alternative medicines. A generic option is not available. Your doctor may have you try a less expensive alternative medicine first.
  • May not be the best option if you are looking to improve redness from rosacea.
  • Causes more skin irritation than alternative medicines. Speak to your doctor if you already have very sensitive skin. An alternative medicine may be better for you.
  • It can make birth control pills less effective, so people should use barrier methods of birth control like condoms or diaphragms while on Solodyn (Minocycline).
  • Can stain your teeth, mouth, and gums if you're using the tablets, or your skin if you're using the topical version, but this is temporary.
Used for
Dosage forms
  • Gel, foam
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Extended release capsule
Price
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Reviews
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17 reviews so far
53%
saidit'sworth it
59%
saiditworked well
18%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
4possible side effects
  • Burning/Stinging/Tingling
    28%
  • Itching
    11%
  • Scaling/Dry skin/Very dry skin
    8%
  • Redness/Irritation
    3%
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The Solodyn (Minocycline) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and risk factors
  • Allergic reactions
  • Loss of skin color
  • Skin irritation
  • Worsening of asthma
  • Eye and mouth irritation
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  • Changes in teeth
    • Age 8 years or younger
  • Decreased effectiveness of birth control pills
    • Using oral birth control pills
  • Diarrhea from a superinfection (an infection that happens after, or in addition to, an earlier infection)
    • Long antibiotic treatment period
  • Rash
  • Sunburn
  • Harm to fetus
    • Women of childbearing age
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