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Finacea is a prescription-only rosacea gel. Its active ingredient, azelaic acid, works by preventing keratin cells from blocking pores and also killing certain bacteria on the skin. It is used over the course of several months, for a maximum of six months.
In adults, Finacea can be used to treat rosacea, a bumpy rash which occurs on the face. Little is known about rosacea, even though it affects 1 in 10 people. It is thought to occur when peptides in the skin become inflamed. People with rosacea will go through periods of flare-up and remission. Flare-ups can occur due to triggers, such as stress, caffeine, alcohol, physical exertion and certain types of light and weather. If a flare-up is particularly bad, a medicine, such as Finacea may be prescribed.
Finacea gel is a medication that is made by Bayer and is used to treat the symptoms of acne rosacea. It should be applied directly to the affected skin on the face twice each day. In general, benefits of this medication are felt after a month of use and this is when the symptoms begin to go away. Finacea gel is manufactured by Galderma in the UK and is only available with a prescription. This is because a doctor will need to assess your suitability for the medication before you use it.
Rosacea is a condition that normally affects the face. For most people, it is a condition that goes through periods of activity and inactivity throughout their life. Symptoms include:
The condition is fairly common in the UK with up to 10% of people suffering from the condition. Despite its high rate of incidence, medical knowledge of rosacea and its causes area fairly limited. Some medical professionals believe that the activity of peptides, small molecules in the skin, cause the reaction. It is thought that, when stimulated by certain factors, peptides interact with the immune cells in the skin, triggering an inflammatory reaction.
Another possible cause is microscopic mites, known as Demodex folliculorum, which usually live on the skin in a harmless way. If the production of their population grows for one reason or another, this could create rosacea-like symptoms. Irregular blood vessel function has been found to be associated with the condition.
Certain rosacea sufferers report that various triggers can induce a flare-up of the condition. The most common ones include:
It is possible that some avoidance strategies may help to limit symptoms, but, generally, only a prescription will really help clear up the condition,
Finacea is a prescription medication for rosacea that works effectively. It contains an active ingredient, known as azelaic acid, and has been shown to be effective within 1-2 months.
It is not fully understood how this medication works, however, it is known to decrease the levels of acne-inducing bacteria on the skin by interfering with their growth. It also has anti-inflammatory effects on redness and swelling.
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Always follow your prescription exactly. Wash your hands thoroughly, and clean the affected skin with a soap or a cleansing lotion. Apply the medicine twice a day, or as prescribed. Gently rub the gel into the skin until it is absorbed. Approximately 0.5 g of the gel is sufficient for the entire face.
After using Finacea, do not cover the affected skin as it may result in excess medicine being absorbed. Finacea may not take full effect until up to four weeks of daily use, or even longer if being used to treat rosacea. See your GP if you do not notice improvements after using Finacea for twelve weeks.
Do not use Finacea on damaged skin (e.g. cut, dry, sunburned). Keep this medicine away from the eyes, mouth, nose or genitals.
Not everyone will experience side effects when they use Finacea, however, if you do they may include:
Burning, stinging, itching or dry skin where the gel is applied.
Very common (affect around1 in 10 people or more):
Common (1 in 10 people or less):
Uncommon (1 in 100 people or less):
Rare (1 in 1,000 people or less):
If you are concerned about these effects, or if the product affects you in any other way, stop using it and talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
The active ingredient contained in Finacea is:
Azelaic acid 15%
Finacea also contains the following inactive ingredients to make up the complete product:
Lecithin, triglycerides (medium chain), propylene glycol, polysorbate 80, carbomer 980, sodium hydroxide, disodium edetate, purified water, benzoic acid
Reading the following warnings carefully will help to ensure you are selecting an appropriate product.
Finacea gel is unsuitable for you if you are allergic to any of its ingredients.
Take care when using Finacea. Keep this medicine away from the eyes, mouth, nose or genitals.
Do not use other skin treatments while using Finacea.
Finacea gel contains benzoic acid which can irritant the skin, eyes and mucous membranes mildly. Propylene glycol may also have an irritation effect. Take care to avoid getting the gel in your eyes, mouth, or other mucous membranes.
If you do get the gel in any of these locations, wash it immediately with a large amount of water. If eye irritation continues, speak to your doctor. Wash your hands after each application.
It is advised that you avoid using alcoholic cleansers, tinctures and astringents, abrasives and peeling agents at the same times as using Finacea gel.
Cases of worsening asthma after using azelaic acid has been reported rarely during post-marketing surveillance.
There have not been any interaction studies performed between Finacea gel and other medications. The ingredients present in the gel give no indication of any undesired interactions that could adversely affect the safety of the product.
There have been no well-controlled studies on the effects of topically administered azelaic acid in pregnant women.
Animal studies have shown some effects when Finacea gel is used during pregnancy, embryo-fetal development, parturition or postnatal development. These effects have been observed in animals with 3-32 times the maximum recommended human dose.
For these reasons, caution should be exercised when prescribing azelaic acid to pregnant women.
The body absorbs less than 4% of topically applied azelaic acid and this does not increase azelaic acid exposure above physiological levels.
Do not allow infants to come into contact with treated skin/breast.
Please read all packaging and the Patient Information Leaflet before taking any new medicine and inform your doctor of medicines you are taking or intend to take.
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Delivery is free for all NHS prescriptions.
Please note: Royal Mail do not deliver on Sundays or Bank Holidays - this should be taken into account when ordering.
If you are not home to accept your delivery, a card should be left by the Royal Mail representative. This card will provide details of where you can collect the order or how to arrange re-delivery.
Should you be unable to collect your missed delivery or arrange for your medication to be redelivered by Royal Mail, the pharmacy can resend your medication to the same, or a different address provided it has been returned to us and this happens within a
Once a package has been shipped with Royal Mail we advise that you are bound to the terms and conditions of their use together with the terms and conditions contained herein.
You have the right to cancel your order up to the point when your treatment is dispatched. The pharmacist must destroy any medication within 30 days of it being returned, even un-opened boxes, so we are not able to offer refunds once your treatment has been dispatched.
Please be aware that Royal Mail Guaranteed services are not available to all customers in the UK, especially those that live in remote postcodes. Royal Mail
We deliver by 5.30pm the next working day in the following postcode areas:
AB30 - 39, 41 - 45, 51 - 56
GY9 Alderney (Channel Islands)
HS1, 3 - 9
IV21 - 28, 40 - 49, 51 - 56
KW1 - 3, 5 - 15
KW16 Stromness Town only
PA28 - 38, 41 - 49, 76, 77
PH15, 17 - 26, 31 - 40, 49, 50
We deliver within two working days by 5.30pm to the following postcodes areas:
GY1 Herm (Channel Islands)
GY9 Sark (Channel Islands)
PA60 - 75, 78
We deliver within three working days by 5.30pm to the following postcode areas:
KW16 - non-Town
PH30, 41 - 44
Please note: This applies to our 'Special Delivery' and 'Saturday Guaranteed' services.
We are currently unable to ship orders outside of the UK.
We are unable to ship orders to mailing or forwarding houses for onwards shipping to locations outside of the UK.
Finacea gel is used to treat mild or moderate rosacea of the facial area. It treats the red bumps, pimple, and pustules associated with papulopustular rosacea.
Finacea gel works by using an active ingredient known as azelaic acid. This ingredient works by reducing your body’s natural production and growth of keratin surface skin cells which can block your pores. By reducing this production, the pore-blocking can also be reduced, allowing your sebaceous glands to get rid of its sebum, decreasing the formation of papules, pustules, and spots.
Azelaic acid also works by killing the bacteria associated with acne which feed off your body’s sebum. The bacteria produce waste products and fatty acids that irritate the sebaceous glands, inflaming them and creating spots.
Regular use of this treatment is important. Improvement only generally occurs after at least 1 month of treatment. Stop using the gel if your symptoms do not improve after a month (acne) or 2 months (rosacea). To obtain the best results, it is best to use Finacea gel over a period of several months.
There have been no reported effects when using Finacea gel in conjunction with other medications and it is okay to use alongside other oral medicines. If in doubt, check with your doctor or pharmacist before using other creams for rosacea or acne alongside it.
It is recommended by the manufacturer that you should avoid using alcoholic cleansers, tinctures, and astringents, abrasives and peeling agents alongside it.
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, inform your doctor before you start using Finacea gel.
Whether or not Finacea is safe for use during pregnancy is not known, but only low levels of it are actually absorbed through the skin. For this reason, it should only be used during pregnancy if your doctor thinks it necessary.
It is unlikely that Finacea will pose any risk to breastfeeding infant if used by the mother. The be extra careful, do not apply this medication to the breasts before feeding in order to avoid direct contact with the child.
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