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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. ...Read more

Finacea (Definition)

It comes in a gel formulation and is prescribed for inflammatory acne rosacea that ...Read more


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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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

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

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What's better to unclog pores. Epiduo cream or finacea cream?

Better: Please go to the Pharmacy and get advice regarding which of the two is better. I suspect there is little difference.
If I am not mistaken the the two creams can be sold without a prescription.

Hope all goes well! ...Read more

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Using Finacea for papular rosacea. It is worse than ever after 5.5 weeks use. What chance this could still work? Always flares up 1 wk before period.

Add more: I am a big fan of Finacea. However, after 5.5 weeks I wouldn't give up but try to add another medication to work with it. Many times, for women who flare with their period, I add a low dose antibiotic such as Oracea, 1 pill each day for 7-10 days before the flow starts. My female patients have had great success with this combination treatment. ...Read more

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Will I always have to use finacea to keep my rosacea under control? My doctor told me that I should see maximum results from using finacea after a few months. Is this drug something that i'll always have to use to control my rosacea? Can I eventually begi

Will I always have to use finacea to keep my rosacea under control? My doctor told me that I should see maximum results from using finacea after a few months. Is this drug something that i'll always have to use to control my rosacea? Can I eventually begi

Your: Your doctor was absolutely correct - you start to see changes in 2-4 months. That's when you know whether or not your topical or oral treatment for rosacea is truly having an impact on your symptoms. Rosacea is something that you will need to manage, it is a chronic skin condition. A cornerstone of my treatment involves the use of a broad spectrum sunscreen regularly in addition to the use of topicals such as finacea/azelaic acid.

I like to stress that each treatment needs to be individualized. If you respond well and things improve and stabilize, sometimes I have patients use their topical less frequently, such as every other day or weekends only - on the condition that they use sunscreen regularly. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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Can finacea cream be useful for getting rid of and preventing blackheads?

Can finacea cream be useful for getting rid of and preventing blackheads?

NO: But RetinA is useful for this. They are not dirt. They are open comedones: pimples open to air. Oxygen turns the sebum dark. Unusual to use both RetinA and isotretinoin as they are the same type of thing, only one is topical, the other systemic. You can often squeeze out open comedones. This does not spread acne. This does NOT cause scars!! ...Read more

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Finacea has caused an increase in peach fuzz all over my face. What can I do to get rid of it? And will it continue to get worse if I keep using it?

Finacea has caused an increase in peach fuzz all over my face. What can I do to get rid of it? And will it continue to get worse if I keep using it?

Finacea: The common side effects include: burning, stinging, itching, redness, dryness, peeling, irritation, changes of skin color, and hypertrichosis which is less common. The only option you have is to stop this topical medication and use a different product. ...Read more

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Is skinoren (azelaic acid) good to use for acne?

Yes: Azeleic acid, in my opinion, works rather slowly, but it is usually very gentle, it is safe during pregnancy, and helps to even out skin tone which make it a useful medicine for acne in the right circumstances. ...Read more

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