Finacea

(azelaic acid)

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Treats rosacea.

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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.

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Quick facts about Finacea
  • Drug class: Dermatologic
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

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.
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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.
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How it works

Finacea (azelaic acid) is a dietary acid found naturally in whole grains. The way it works to treat rosacea is unknown. It does have antiinflammatory and antibacterial properties.

Quick facts about Finacea
  • Drug class: Dermatologic
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

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Dosage forms

  • Gel, foam
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What to expect when you take Finacea (azelaic acid) for Rosacea

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  • Burning/Stinging/Tingling
  • Itching
  • Scaling/Dry skin/Very dry skin
  • Redness/Irritation
  • Loss of skin color
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Side effect rates for Finacea (azelaic acid)

From 788 clinical trials of Finacea when taken for rosacea (15%, twice daily)
  • Burning/Stinging/Tingling
    28%28%
    5%5%
  • Itching
    11%11%
    5%5%
  • Scaling/Dry skin/Very dry skin
    8%8%
    13%13%
  • Redness/Irritation
    3%3%
    4%4%
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Risks and Warnings for Finacea (azelaic acid)

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  • Stop taking Finacea (azelaic acid) and speak to your doctor right away if you experience shortness of breath, swelling of the face, hives, or rashes. This could be a sign of an allergic reaction.

Common concerns from people taking Finacea (azelaic acid)

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  • Avoid products that can be too harsh or drying on your skin, such as those that contain alcohol, astringents and peeling agents.