Finacea 15% (Azelaic Acid) Gel 30g

  • Contains Azelaic Acid
  • Reduces redness and irritation of the skin
  • Unblocks skin pores preventing spots and flare ups
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What is Finacea (Azelaic Acid) gel?

Finacea 15% gel is a topical treatment for rosacea and milder forms of acne. It contains the active ingredient azelaic acid, which has anti-inflammatory properties. It should be applied directly to the affected areas of the skin to treat these conditions.

Can I buy Finacea Gel online?

You must have a prescription to buy Finacea gel, it is not available to purchase over the counter without a prescription from a doctor.

You can order Finacea gel from Medicine Direct after a confidential online consultation with one of our registered doctors. They will review your symptoms and medical history and issue a prescription for this topical gel if they decide it is the most appropriate treatment for your condition.

After your private consultation, you can purchase the gel from our online pharmacy. We offer swift despatch, with a next day delivery service available if you place your order by 2pm.

Medicine Direct is fully regulated by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), meaning we can guarantee our customers genuine and safe medication. All our doctors and pharmacists are also registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), General Medical Council (GMC) and the MHRA.

How does Finacea work for rosacea?

Finacea contains azelaic acid as its active ingredient, which works by blocking the natural production and growth of your body's keratin surface skin cells. These are responsible for clogging your pores.

This allows Finacea gel to unblock the pores and sebaceous glands, allowing them to get rid of excess sebum which clogs your skin. By doing this, the likes of papules, spots and pustules are less likely to flare up on the skin's surface. The swelling and redness that often accompanies rosacea is also lessened at the same time.

Not only this, but the azelaic acid also kills of bacteria known as propionibacterium, which feeds off the body's sebum and produces fatty acids and waste products. These acids and waste products cause irritation of the sebaceous glands, which then causes them to becomes inflamed and creates spots and uneven rashes.

What else does Finacea help with?

Finacea 15% gel can help with several skin conditions aside from rosacea.

The azelaic acid contained in this medicine can also help with:

  • 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

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

How long do I use Finacea Gel for before I notice a difference?

When you use Finacea correctly, the visible symptoms of rosacea should clear within. You will likely notice an improvement in your rosacea/acne within the first 4 weeks of applying the gel.

For the best effects, it is very important that you are consistent with your applications of this gel. Forgetting to apply it will mean that you are not getting the full benefits.

Rosacea symptoms

The first symptoms of rosacea are usually:

  • Redness across your nose, cheeks, chin and forehead which comes and goes
  • A burning or stinging sensation when you use water or skincare products

You may also notice:

  • Dry skin
  • Swelling, particularly around your eyes
  • Yellow-orange patches on your skin
  • Thickened skin (mostly on the nose)
  • Sore eyelids or crust around the eyelashes

Rosacea triggers

The triggers of Rosacea include:

  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Hot drinks
  • Cheese
  • Spicy food
  • Aerobic exercise

Finacea gel vs. other rosacea creams

What is the difference between Finacea Gel and Mirvaso Gel/Noritate Cream?

Mirvaso's active ingredient is brimonidine tartrate, which has a different mechanism of action to Finacea. This product works to decrease the flow of the blood through the vessels, which reduces redness.

Noritate cream is an antibiotic treatment for rosacea. It contains the active ingredient metronidazole.

How long does it take for Finacea to work?

Finacea will normally start to reduce the visible symptoms of resacea after a few months, if used correctly. People who use Finacea correctly should start to notice some degree of improvement after applying it for around 4 weeks.

For this Finacea gel to work effectively, it is vital that you are consistent with your applications. If you take a break from applying the gel, or apply it less than twice a day, this will make it less effective.

How long you will need to use Finacea gel will depend on the severity of your condition.

Your doctor will advise you as to how long you should apply this product.

If you have not noticed an improvement after using Finacea gel for two months, stop using it and speak to your doctor.

Do you need to use Finacea with moisturiser?

You do not need to use a moisturiser at the same time as Finacea. However, if you suffer from dry skin you may wish to moisturise; if this is the case, only use moisturisers which are suitable for sensitive skin.

You can apply a moisturiser before or after using Finacea.

Does Finacea work for everyone?

Finacea gel may not be suitable for everyone to use.

Do not use Finacea gel if you are allergic to azelaic acid or any of the other ingredients contained in this product (please refer to the Ingredients tab for full details).

This product is not recommended as a treatment for acne in children under the age of 12.

Finacea is also not recommended for the treatment of rosacea in anyone who is under the age of 18.

How to apply Finacea gel

Always use Finacea gel exactly as instructed by your doctor or pharmacist. Read the patient information leaflet thoroughly and ask your doctor or pharmacist if you are unsure how to apply it.

This treatment is for external use only. Do not swallow the 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.


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.

What is Finacea gel used for?

Finacea gel is a topical treatment for mild to moderate rosacea on the face. It works to treat the pimples, red bumps and pustules which come with this condition. It can also be used as a treatment for milder forms of acne. To effectively treat these conditions, you will normally be instructed to apply the gel to the affected area(s) twice a day: once in the morning and once in the evening. It is suitable as a treatment for rosacea in people over the age of 18. As an acne treatment, it can be used by adolescents who are at least 12 years old.

How does Finacea gel work on the skin?

Finacea gel contains the active ingredient azelaic acid, which works to reduce the body's natural production and growth or keratin surface skin cells. These can block your pores. This gel also helps to unblock your pores by reducing the production of keratin surface skin cells; this allows the sebaceous glands to get rid of sebum, which will help to fight the formation of spots, papules and pustules. Azelaic acid also kills the bacteria that feeds off your body's sebum, producing fatty acids and waste products which can cause acne. To effectively treat rosacea and acne with Finacea, it is important that you use the treatment consistently and as directed by your doctor. Stop using it and speak to your doctor if your acne symptoms have not improved after one month. In the case of rosacea, speak to your doctor if your symptoms have not improved after two months.

Can I use Finacea gel with other medicines?

There have been no reports of this product interacting with any other medicines. However, it is best to inform your doctor or pharmacist if you are currently using any prescription or non-prescription medication, herbal remedies, vitamins or supplements. The manufacturer of this gel recommends not using any of the below at the same time: Peeling agents; Astringents; Abrasives; Alcoholic cleansers; Tinctures

Is it ok to use Finacea while pregnant or breastfeeding?

You should inform your doctor before using this medicine if you are currently pregnant or breastfeeding. There is not enough research to prove either way if Finacea gel is dangerous to infants or not. However, they should not come into direct contact with the gel or areas of the skin which have been treated with it, including the breasts.

Can Finacea gel cause itching?

A common side effect of using Finacea gel is itching, particularly in the first few weeks. This will normally subside as the treatment continues and your body gets used to the medicine. Speak to your doctor if this problem does not go away; they may suggest that you lessen the number of times you apply the gel.

How much does Finacea gel cost?

One tube of gel costs £19.99.

Does Finacea clear acne scars?

Yes, Finacea can help to reduce acne scars. It can also help to lighten surface scars and hyperpigmentation.

What are Finacea reviews like?

Reviews from people who have used this treatment in the past are generally very favourable. To achieve the best results, it is vital that you follow the usage instructions properly.

Finacea (Azelaic Acid) Side Effects

Rare side effects may affect 1 in every 1,000 people who use this product and can include:

  • Skin irritation
  • Hives
  • Worsening of asthma

Speak to your doctor or pharmacist if you get any of these reactions.

Serious allergic reaction

In very rare cases, it is possible to have a serious allergic reaction to Finacea gel.

You must either go to A&E or call 999 straight away if you get any of the following symptoms:

  • You are finding it hard to breathe or speak
  • You get a skin rash that may include red, itchy, swollen, blistered or peeling skin
  • You have swelling in your face, mouth, throat, lips or tongue
  • You are wheezing
  • You have tightness in your chest or throat

You may be having a severe allergic reaction and require immediate treatment in hospital.

Always read the patient information leaflet for comprehensive details on side effects. If you are worried about side effects or how to cope with them, we strongly suggest that you talk about these concerns with your doctor or pharmacist before you start to use this medication.

Common 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

Uncommon side effects may affect 1 in 100 users:

  • Acne
  • Skin reaction
  • Nettle rash
  • Unusual redness of the skin
  • Discomfort at the site of application

Speak to your doctor if any of these reactions bother you or do not go away. They may recommend lowering the dosage.

Always read the patient information leaflet for full details on side effects and how to cope with them.


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 any avoid alcoholic cleansers, tinctures and astringents, abrasives and peeling agents while using Finacea gel.

In rare cases, some people have reported that their asthma symptoms have been made worse while using azelaic acid.

This medicine should not be used as an acne treatment by children who are under the age of 12.

It should not be used as a rosacea treatment by children who are under the age of 18.

Wash your hands after each application of the gel.

Finacea contains benzoic acid, which can cause mild irritation to the eyes, mucous membranes and skin. It also contains propylene glycol, which may cause skin irritation in some people.

Always read the patient information leaflet thoroughly before you start using a new medicine. Here, you will find a full list of warnings and drug interactions to be wary of. If you have any questions or concerns, we strongly advise you to discuss these with your doctor or pharmacist.

Pregnancy and breastfeeding

This gel may not be suitable for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

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.


Finacea 15% gel contains azelaic acid as the active ingredient.

This gel also contains the following inactive ingredients: Benzoic acid (E210), carbomers, disodium edetate, lecithin, polysorbate 80, propylene glycol, purified water, sodium hydroxide and triglycerides

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