Acne, Topical Skin Product
CSA NA – FDA Approved – REMS (N) – Can Ship
How Does It Work
Azelaic acid possesses antimicrobial activity and has been shown to decrease microcomedone formation and the production of keratin which can cause acne vulgaris. Azelaic acid also decreases the redness and swelling of the skin.
Indications For Use
Officially indicated for acne vulgaris and acne rosacea.
Do not use in patients with hypersensitivity to azelaic acid or any component of the formulation.
Watch for signs of an allergic reaction which can include: rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing or talking; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue or throat.
Hypopigmentation has been reported, particularly in patients with darker skin complexions
Topical: Apply a thin film to the affected area(s) twice daily, in the morning and evening. May reduce to the once-daily application if persistent skin irritation occurs.
Topical: Apply a thin film to the affected area(s) of the face twice daily, in the morning and evening; reassess if no improvement after 12 weeks of therapy.
Pharmacist Tips On Using
- How to Use Azelaic Acid, Finacea/Azelex: Apply azelaic acid as directed by your doctor and use only on your skin; keep it out of your mouth, nose, and eyes. Do not apply on any mucous membranes. Avoid using occlusive dressing or wrappings. For foam and gel formulations, cosmetics may be applied after the foam or gel has dried. Use only mild soaps or soapless cleansing lotion for facial cleansing.
- Some Common Side Effects When Using Azelaic Acid, Finacea/Azelex: Skin irritation such as itchiness, burning, or stinging may occur, this generally occurs during the first few weeks of therapy. If a severe skin irritation or sensitivity reaction occurs discontinue use.
The most common side effects occur at the site of skin application. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:
Dermatologic: Burning sensation of skin (≤16%), stinging of skin (≤16%), tingling of skin (≤16%)