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Finacea is a form of anti-inflammatory gel, used topically on the skin to reduce pain, discomfort, itching, and other issues. The active ingredient of this medication is a naturally occurring form of saturated dicarboxylic acid called Azelaic acid. More information

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Finacea is a topical medication with the active ingredient azelaic acid. Azelaic acid is a naturally occurring form of saturated dicarboxylic acid. This substance can be used to treat a range of conditions, including the skin issue rosacea.  

What is Finacea? 

Finacea is a form of anti-inflammatory gel, used topically on the skin to reduce pain, discomfort, itching, and other issues. The active ingredient of this medication is a naturally occurring form of saturated dicarboxylic acid called Azelaic acid. In some cases, you may be prescribed this substance in its generic form.  

Finacea can reduce the growth of a certain kind of cell on the surface of the skin. These skin cells are called keratin cells, and they can often cause problems by blocking the pores. When the pores are blocked, it is impossible for sebum to escape the sebaceous glands, which causes inflammation in the form of spots and blackheads. In some cases, the active ingredient of Finacea can also be useful for killing the common bacteria most associated with acne. The Propionebacterium acnes bacteria feeds on the sebum that appears on your skin, caused by the sebaceous glands. When the bacteria feeds, it also produces waste products and fatty acids that irritate the sebaceous glands.  

Finacea and azelaic acid reduce the numbers of the common bacteria on your skin by reducing the source of food (sebum). This means that the growth of the bacteria is inhibited, and they begin to die out. Usually, you will see a reduction in the inflammation in your skin shortly after using Finacea. This reduction in inflammation will also give your skin a chance to heal.  

When is Finacea used? 

The most common reason for Finacea to be prescribed is to treat an adult skin disorder called Rosacea. This is a form of adult acne. However, in some cases, Finacea may be used to address other spots and pimples caused by different kinds of acne too.  

When used every day, Finacea can reduce the redness and swelling associated with acne and rosacea. Additionally, it can be effective and reducing the number of spots that appear on the skin because of over-exposure to bacteria. In certain circumstances, your doctor or consultant will also prescribe Finacea when you are suffering with problems of hyperpigmentation.  

Finacea can reduce the production of melatonin in the skin, which often leads to the production of dark spots on the face and around the body.  

How do you use Finacea? 

Before taking any new medicine, it is important that you pay attention to the instructions provided to you by your doctor. Additionally, it can be helpful to read through the patient leaflet included with your medication. This leaflet will include information on how to take or use the medication, as well as how you can avoid any common side effects.  

Finacea is a topical gel which can be applied directly to the skin which is suffering from acne, rosacea, or other common conditions. You will need to follow the instructions provided by your consultant in regard to how much of the gel you should use. To avoid discomfort and irritation, it’s important to avoid placing Finacea inside your eyes, nose, or mouth. If you accidentally get your medicine into your eyes when applying it, make sure that you rinse them thoroughly with water.  

Before using Finacea, wash your hands and the affected area with a mild soap or cleanser, and pat the area dry. Be careful not to scratch or break the skin. Avoid using any skin care products that might irritate the skin before you use Finacea. Shake the container before using the medicine and use your fingers to apply a very thin layer of the substance to the area that you wish to treat. If you are using Finacea for hyperpigmentation, the medication should only be applied to the dark patches of skin.  

Gently massage the lotion into your skin and wash your hands after each use. It is possible to use makeup and other substances after this substance has been applied. Finacea can make people more sensitive to the sunlight, so it may be worth wearing extra sunscreen. Additionally, make sure that you do not cover the area treated with Finacea with any dressings unless your consultant tells you to do otherwise.  

What dosages are there? 

Finacea will not have an immediate impact on your skin. You will need to use the medication regularly to get the most out of it. If you need to use this substance several times a day, it might be worth using it at the same time, so it’s easier to remember when your dose is due. Make sure that you do not use more of this medication than you are prescribed. Additionally, avoid using this substance for longer than your consultant tells you to. Your skin condition will not improve faster if you use too much of the substance, but your risk of issues increases.  

The usual dose of Finacea is one thin layer of the medication to be applied to the area twice per day. You should not use this medication for more than 12 weeks in a row without speaking to a doctor. Additionally, this medication shouldn’t be given to children.  

If you miss a dose of Finacea, use it when you remember. If you are due to take your next dose, you can skip the missed application and use the medication at the regular time. Don’t double your dose of Finacea if you miss an application.  

What are the side effects of Finacea? 

Aside from the intended side effects of Finacea, it is also possible that you might incur some side effects when you are using this medication. Usually, Finacea side effects happen initially when you are applying the medication for the first time. As your skin gets used to the new substance, your chances of side effects are likely to decrease.  

The most common side effects of Finacea include feelings of burning, tingling or itching around the site of the application. Although these effects aren’t serious, if they last or get worse, you can contact a pharmacist or doctor for more advice.  

In some cases, it is possible for Finacea to cause a loss of skin pigmentation on the areas that it is applied to. This effect is often easier to see on people with darker skin colour. If you are not using Finacea for hyperpigmentation, ask your doctor whether you can avoid this side effect.  

It is unlikely that you will have a severe or dangerous allergic reaction to this medication. However, different people react to medicines in different ways. You should seek medical attention immediately if you notice any of the signs of an allergic reaction, including itching, a rash, swelling, or discomfort around the throat, tongue or face. Contact a professional if you have trouble breathing or feel extremely dizzy after applying Finacea.  

This is not a full list of side effects. If you notice any other symptoms after taking Finacea, make sure that you tell your doctor or a pharmacist.  

When shouldn't you use Finacea? 

Finacea is a very well-tolerated form of medication for many people with acne and other skin conditions. However, this treatment will not be right for everyone. When you are having your consultation to receive Finacea, make sure that you answer all of the questions issued by your consultant truthfully. You will need to provide information about your condition and your medical history. Answering these questions correctly will help to ensure that it is safe for you to take Finacea. The diagnosis and recommendation must be made by your own doctor face to face. 

Before you begin using Finacea, make sure that you tell your consultant if you are allergic to the active ingredients in the gel. You should also make your consultant aware of any other allergies that you have, as Finacea contains inactive ingredients that can cause allergic reactions and other problems too. Speak to your consultant for more details.  

Finacea is not suitable for children under the age of 12 . You may not be able to take Finacea if you have a particularly sensitive skin type. Before having surgery or any procedure, make sure that you tell your doctor or dentist about the products that you are taking, including Finacea.  

During pregnancy and breast feeding this substance should only be used when it is clearly necessary and  recommended by your doctor, small amounts of this medication is absorbed into your blood stream. 

Does Finacea interact with any other medications? 

Sometimes, medications can interact with the other substances that you’re using to manage your health. It is important to tell your consultant about any medications that you are taking, including over the counter medications, and herbal substances.  

At this time, Finacea doesn’t appear to interact negatively with any other substances, however, it’s worth making sure with your consultant anyway. Additionally, make sure that you give the medicine time to absorb fully before you apply any sunscreens or makeup to the area.  

Where can you buy Finacea? 

It is possible to purchase Finacea online after a consultation with a specialist. We can have Finacea sent to a corresponding pharmacy for you within 3 working days.  

Can you get Finacea without a prescription?  

Finacea is not currently available without a prescription. Make sure that you complete a consultation with a professional face to face to ensure that this medication is right for you before you use it.  

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Assessed by:

Dr Imran Malik, General practitioner
Registration number: GMC: 4741365

Dr Imran Malik studied undergraduate medicine at King's College University in Central London and clinical studies at the prestigious King's College Hospital. He graduated with a MBBS degree in 2000 and went on to gain postgraduate memberships with the Royal Society of Medicine and also General Practice in 2006.