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Azelaic acid gel is prescribed to treat rosacea. This medication is thought to work by reducing inflammation, killing bacteria, and slowing down the rapid growth of skin cells. It comes in the form of a gel that is applied to the skin twice daily. Although most people tolerate this medication well, side effects may include a burning or stinging sensation and dry skin.

What Is Azelaic Acid Gel?

Azelaic acid gel (Finacea®) is a prescription rosacea medication. It comes as a gel that is applied to the skin twice daily.
(Click What Is Azelaic Acid Gel Used For? for more information on what the medication is used for, including possible off-label uses.)

Are There Side Effects?

Just like any medicine, azelaic acid gel can cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses the drug will experience problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well.
If reactions do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Common side effects of azelaic acid gel may include but are not limited to:
  • Burning, stinging, or tingling
  • Itching
  • Dryness.
(Click Side Effects of Azelaic Acid Gel to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
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