Finacea is prescribed for the treatment of rosacea. It is approved for use in adults age 18 and older. The active ingredient in this drug is thought to have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, which may help to treat the bumps and pimples caused by rosacea. Possible off-label uses of Finacea include the treatment of acne and dark spots caused by hormonal changes.
What Is Finacea Used For?Finacea® (azelaic acid gel) is a prescription medication licensed to treat rosacea. Specifically, it is approved to treat the bumps and pimples caused by rosacea. It may also help somewhat with redness, although it is not approved for this specific problem.
Rosacea is a chronic disease that affects the skin and sometimes the eyes. Characteristics of the condition include redness, pimples, and, in advanced stages, thickened skin. Although rosacea usually affects the face, it can affect parts of the upper body. Despite how common the condition is, many people with rosacea go undiagnosed.
Rosacea treatment may involve several options, including:
- Good skin care (see Rosacea Skin Care)
- Medications -- either applied directly to the skin, like Finacea, or taken by mouth
- Other treatments, such as laser surgery.
Even for people using rosacea medications, it is important to try to avoid triggers, such as alcohol, hot beverages, or spicy foods.