Finacea 15% (Azelaic Acid) Gel 30g

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About Finacea 15% (Azelaic Acid) Gel 30g
  1. What is Finacea gel?

    Finacea 15% azelaic acid gel is a topical treatment for rosacea and milder forms of acne. It contains the active ingredient azelaic acid, which works to treat acne and rosacea in different ways.

    Azelaic acid is a naturally occurring dicarboxylic acid that can help with a number of symptoms caused by acne and rosacea.

    You need a prescription to buy Finacea 15% gel. 

    What is Finacea gel used to treat? 

    Finacea is specifically intended to treat facial rosacea and acne, and can help to reduce the following symptoms:

    • Redness on the cheeks, nose, chin, and forehead
    • Visible blood vessels near the surface of the skin
    • Inflammation of the skin
    • Swelling
    • Burning
    • Large pores
    • Rough dry skin
    • Appearance of spots and pimples

    Finacea gel may also help to reduce the wrinkles that are caused by rosacea, although this benefit has not been proven.

    Why is Finacea gel a recommended treatment?

    Finacea (azelaic acid) has been shown to improve the appearance of facial erythema of rosacea in 56% of patients in just 15 weeks compared to just 42% for other widely prescribed rosacea treatments such as Metronidazole (Rozex 0.75% Gel).

    Finacea15% gel can benefit the skin in several ways and can help to treat the following:

    • Hyperpigmentation
    • Wrinkles
    • Redness of the skin
    • Reducing the formation of spots and blackheads
    • Lightening the pigmentation that is caused by the skin condition melasma
    • Fading light surface acne scars

    How does Finacea gel work for acne?

    For acne, it works by killing the bacteria that has infected the pores of the skin by decreasing the amount of keratin that is produced. Keratin is a natural substance that is produced by the cells of the skin, too much of this can lead to acne.

    Finacea Gel (azelaic acid) helps treat acne by:

    • Killing the bacteria that infect pores on the skin
    • Reduces keratin production
    • Reduces pimples, redness and swelling

    How does Finacea work for rosacea?

    For rosacea, azelaic acid decreases the redness and swelling of the skin, thus helping to visibly reduce the appearance and symptoms of Rosacea.

    Finacea Gel (azelaic acid) helps treat rosacea by:

    • Reducing redness and swelling
    • Improving the appearance of bumps, lesions and swelling caused by rosacea

    When you use Finacea correctly, it may take up to 4 weeks or longer before you start to see an improvement in your symptoms.

    Can you buy Finacea gel over the counter?

    You can buy lower doses of azelaic acid over the counter in a number of beauty and skincare products. Azelaic acid 15% gel (Finacea) to treat rosacea and acne is a prescription-only medicine that is not available to be purchased over the counter.

    Can you buy Finacea gel online in the UK?

    You can buy Finacea gel online in the UK from Medicine Direct. Because of its benefits to the skin, azelaic acid is present in many beauty and skin treatments. However,  the dosage of azelaic acid in those products may be lower.

    Never buy medicine online unless it is from a UK-registered pharmacy, like Medicine Direct.

    Finacea gel alternatives

    Other commonly prescribed alternatives include:

    • Soolantra cream which reduces redness and inflammation of the skin caused by rosacea
    • Rozex gel which contains the powerful antibiotic Metronidazole that kills bacteria infections of the skin
    • Mirvaso gel, the first medicine specifically intended to treat facial erythema of rosacea


  2. Finacea gel 15% dosage and directions

    Apply Finacea gel to the affected area(s) of skin twice a day (once in the morning and once in the evening).

    Gently rub the gel into the skin.

    About 2.5cm of the gel should be enough for your entire face.

    Our pharmacists and prescribers follow NICE guidelines when prescribing Finacea (Azelaic Acid) Gel.

    How to apply Finacea gel

    Clean the skin thoroughly with water and dry before using Finacea. Do not use any air or water-tight dressings on the affected areas of the skin.

    Wash your hands after applying the gel.

    Always read the patient information leaflet for a full step-by-step guide on how to apply Finacea.

  3. Finacea gel side effects

    Like all medicines, Finacea gel comes with the risk of certain side effects, although these will not affect everyone who uses it.

    Very common adverse effects of Finacea when treating rosacea may occur in more than 1 in 10 users:

    • Burning, pain or itching at the site of application

    Common side effects may occur in 1 in 10 users:

    • Tingling or numbness
    • Dry skin
    • Rash
    • Swelling at the application site

    We recommend thoroughly reading the patient information leaflet, to familiarise yourself with the full list of known side effects before you start using Finacea gel. 

  4. Finacea gel warnings

    There is not enough evidence to prove either way whether Finacea is affected by other medicines or not. You should inform your doctor or pharmacist if you are currently taking any other form of medication. This includes both prescription and non-prescription medication, herbal remedies, vitamins and supplements.

    Do not apply any other treatments to your face at the same time as using Finacea gel.

    You are advised to avoid alcoholic cleansers, tinctures and astringents, abrasives and peeling agents while using Finacea gel.

    Pregnancy and breastfeeding

    There is not enough evidence or data to suggest that azelaic acid/finacea is either harmful or safe to use during pregnancy.

    Infants must not come into contact with skin that has been treated using this product, including the breasts.

    Speak to your doctor before using this medicine if:

    • You are currently pregnant
    • You are currently breastfeeding
    • You think you might be pregnant
    • You are trying to get pregnant

    Always read the patient information leaflet for full details on who Finacea gel may not be suitable for. If you are still unsure if it is safe for you to use, please speak to your doctor.

  5. Ingredients

    The main active ingredient within this medicine is: Azelaic acid

    For a full list of the inactive ingredients, please read the Summary of Product Characteristics.

  6. How much does it cost to buy Finacea gel online in the UK?

    Dosage Quantity Price
    Finacea 15% Azelaic Acid Gel 1 x 30g tube £20.99


  7. Finacea FAQs

    What is Finacea (Azelaic Acid) used for?

    Finacea is typically used to treat the signs and symptoms of facial acne and rosacea. It can help to reduce redness, swelling and inflammation of the skin.

    How does Finacea Azelaic Acid gel work?

    Azelaic acid works by reducing the redness and swelling caused by rosacea. It also reduces keratin production which can lead to the development of acne.

    How long does it take for Finacea to work?

    When used as prescribed, it can take up to 4 weeks or longer to notice an improvement in your symptoms.

    How long should I use Finacea gel for?

    You should use finacea gel exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Typically if there has been no improvements to your symptoms after 2 months of using this treatment, your doctor is likely to discontinue your course and may choose to prescribe an alternative.

    Is Finacea safe to use for a long time?

    Research has found that long term use of Azelaic acid does not increase the risks of toxic or allergic reations. There is no evidence to suggest that it also causes any long term side effects.

    When should I stop using Finacea?

    You should not stop using Finacea unless advised to by your doctor. You are unlikely to see the full benefits of your treatment if you stop using it prematurely.

    Will my rosacea return if I stop using it?

    Yes, it is likely that your symptoms will return more frequently if you stop using Finance gel suddenly.

    Does Finacea cure Rosacea?

    No, there is no cure for rosacea, whilst finacea can help to reduce symptoms of rosacea, you can still experience flare ups when coming into contact with a known rosacea trigger. You will need to implement lifestyle changes to avoid your known triggers which can help to reduce your rosacea flare ups.

    When should I use Finacea gel?

    Finacea gel should be applied once in the morning and night.

    Can I buy finacea gel over the counter in the UK?

    No, finacea is a prescription only medicine that requires ongoing monitoring from a doctor or pharmacist. It is only available on prescription.

    How much does Financea cost to buy online in the UK?

    Prices start at £20.99 for 1 30g tube of Finacea Gel.

Written byHussain Abdeh MPharm: 2211840

Updated on: 16/08/2021

This content has been written by our Superintendent Pharmacist Hussain Abdeh and has been medically reviewed by our Pharmacist Sonia Khan

Hussain Abdeh Superintendent Pharmacist at Medicine Direct

Hussain Abdeh
MPharm: 2211840

Pharmacist Independent Prescriber

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