Azelaic Acid Gel Drug Information
Available by prescription only, azelaic acid gel (Finacea®) is a medicine used to treat pimples and bumps on the skin caused by a condition called rosacea. This medication comes in the form of a gel and is applied to the affected areas of the skin twice daily. It is only approved for use in people age 18 and older.
Although it is not exactly clear how azelaic acid gel works, it is thought to work by suppressing inflammation, killing bacteria, and slowing down the rapid growth of skin cells.
Most people tolerate this rosacea medicine well; however, it can cause side effects, including burning, itching, and dry skin. Also, make sure your healthcare provider has information about other skin products you are using before using azelaic acid gel. This drug may cause skin irritation if it is used in combination with certain skin products, such as some sunscreens, lotions, and cosmetics.
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