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Doctor insights on: Azelex Vs Finacea

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Can I use both finacea and azelex (azelaic acid) interchangeably if I have rosacea?

Can I use both finacea and azelex (azelaic acid) interchangeably if I have rosacea?

Rosacea treatment: Both finacea and Azelex (azelaic acid) are the same medication Azelaic Acid in different concentrations and formulations. I would recommend only taking one or the other at a time for treatment of rosacea.

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Does azelaic acid to fade brown marks?

Sometimes: Azelaic acid is sometimes used to fade brown spots of sun damage called lentigenes. It is not very effective at this, but sometimes it can help.

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How long does it take finacea to fade age spots?

How long does it take finacea to fade age spots?

Not indicated: Used for other dem problems, can't find data about sun spots.

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Wondering about finacea gel to correct dark spots I have on my groan area?

Wondering about finacea gel to correct dark spots I have on my groan area?

Not sure: An off-label use of finacea is reduction of the brown marks, some from hormonal changes or the sun. These typically do not occur in the groin region. I think it may be worth while to see a dermatologist to get the correct diagnosis of these dark spots. Once diagnosed appropriate treatments can be discussed.

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Can finacea be used on groan area?

Can finacea be used on groan area?

No: Not indicated to use in the groin area because this is an acidic agent and can cause stinging, burning, and skin irritation and the groin area is a sensitive area.

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What is the definition or description of: finacea?

What is the definition or description of: finacea?

Azelaic acid topical: It comes in a gel formulation and is prescribed for inflammatory acne rosacea that is mild to moderate.

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Will I always have to use finacea to keep my rosacea under control?

Will I always have to use finacea to keep my rosacea under control?

Very likely: Unless you can understand and limit your triggers.

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What is the use for azelaic acid cream?

What is the use for azelaic acid cream?

Rosacea, Melasma: Azelaic acid (finacea) is primarily use to treat rosacea and sometimes it can be helpful in treating acne. It is also sometimes used as a skin lightener in patients with skin pigmentation called melasma. I believe it is only approved to treat rosacea and is used "off-label" to treat other conditions.

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Is it safe to take finacea while pregnant?

Is it safe to take finacea while pregnant?

Yes: Finacea is a topical gel containing azelaic acid, and is used to treat mild to moderate rosacea. Finacea is considered fda pregnancy category b -- therefore, finacea is not expected to harm an unborn baby.

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How are epiduo and/or azelex (azelaic acid)?

Drugs: Both drugs are excellent in treating mild to moderate severe acne

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Does azelex (azelaic acid) cause initial breakout?

Azelex (azelaic acid): Axelex can initially cause breakout and if the breakouts continue to occur stop the medication and use another product.

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Any other drug same ingredients as finacea?

Finacea: The active ingredient in finacea is azelaic acid--available in generic or brand name formulations, fiancee, azelex. See if your doctor is ok with a generic substitution.

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Can I use azelaic acid and retinol simultaneously?

Can I use azelaic acid and retinol simultaneously?

Yes: Always exercise caution with multiplemedications, let your doctor know on your next follow up visit of the medicines you are on, even OTC mefications, best wishes

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What topical other than metrogel or finacea works for rosacea?

What topical other than metrogel or finacea works for rosacea?

Alpha lipoic acid: Other topical treatments such as Alpha lipoic acid preparations are also effective in decreasing the redness encountered in rosacea. It should be combined with an anti-inflammatory diet rich in essential fatty acids.

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How long does it take azelaic acid to get rid of brown marks?

How long does it take azelaic acid to get rid of brown marks?

Months: It can takes many months to see an effect, if at all. Make certain to also use a high spf, broad spectrum sunscreen daily to prevent more damage and repigmentation.

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