Finacea gel or cream – New
Treatment For Rosacea
Finacea gel or cream was the first new rosacea treatment to
be approved in more than a decade. It was approved by the FDA
in 2003 for the treatment of mild to moderate rosacea. The two
clinical trials that evaluated it found that it reduced the
number of inflammatory papules and pustules.
Finacea gel contains 15% azelaic acid, an active ingredient
which is also used to treat acne. Azelaic acid is found
naturally in wheat, rye and barley and appears to have
antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
How does Finacea
The mechanisms by which finacea benefits rosacea are not
fully understood. It has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory
properties and appears to be effective in reducing skin redness
and the papules and pustules associated with rosecea.
have any side
As with many other pharmaceutical drugs, there are possible
side effects associated with Finacea. Symptoms such as burning,
stinging, tingling and itching of the skin may happen during
the first few weeks and then subside as your body gets used to
the medication. Other possible symptoms include an abnormal
reaction of the skin to light (usually a rash) and excessive
facial hair growth (rarely). Infrequently, Finacea Gel may
cause abnormal changes in skin color. Dark-skinned people may
notice a lightening in skin color.
When should Finacea not be
Finacea should not be used on sunburned, dry, chapped or
irritated skin because it can make the condition worse. It
should also be avoided if you have an allergy to any of the
ingredients such as propylene glycol.
How should Finacea be
Finacea is a topical treatment and should only be used
externally on the skin. It should never be taken internally. It
should be used once in the morning and again in the evening on
the affected areas. Before you apply the Finacea Gel, wash the
areas to be treated with a very mild soap or soap-free cleanser
and pay dry with a soft towel. Apply a thin layer of the gel
and gently massage it into the skin. Make sure you wash your
It's important to avoid getting the medication into your eyes,
mouth or nose, but if you do, then wash it out lots of water.
Also, don't put bandages or dressings over the treated areas as
too much medicine can be absorbed into your body. You are
advised to store the gel at room temperature.
Your doctor may recommend that you avoid consuming spicy
foods, hot foods or drinks and alcohol because these can cause
flushing or redness of the skin during treatment.
Clinical Studies on
In the last few years several studies have been undertaken
looking at whether Finacea is an effective rosacea treatment.
The results have been extremely promising, showing that 15%
azelaic acid gel (Finacea) was significantly better at reducing
redness of the skin, papules and pustules than other
preparations. In fact 15% azelaic acid gel was found to be
superior to metronadzaole gel (another prescribed topical
treatment), in that it had longer lasting effects and greater
Many people have found that Finacea gel greatly improved
their symptoms and was more beneficial than other prescribed
topical medications. As with other rosacea treatments, Finacea
Gel is not an instant cure and it may be several weeks before a
significant improvement is experienced.