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Finacea

Finacea is a topical gel used for the treatment of mild to moderate acne, and rosacea. It contains azelaic acid which helps to slow the production of keratin in the skin where it is applied. Keratin is thought to contribute to the development of acne, so reducing the amount of the protein that the body produces is important in managing the condition. Azelaic acid also kills the bacteria that causes acne by removing sebum – its main food source. When used properly, finacea has been shown to reduce redness, swelling, and bumps associated with both conditions, and patients usually see an improvement within 4-8 weeks depending on which condition its being used for and the severity of it. It is often used long-term, with patients using the medicated gel for months at a time to control their skin conditions and keep symptoms at bay.

Finacea should be applied to clean, dry skin twice a day for the duration of the treatment period.

Prices start from £19.99 for one 30g tube

PIL Updated on: 10/01/2020

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What is finacea?

Finacea is a topical treatment for both acne and rosacea. It contains the azelaic acid as its main active ingredient and in some circumstances, can be used from the age of 12.

How does Finacea work?

Finacea cream works because of the azelaic acid in the cream. For both acne and rosacea, finacea works by reducing the amount of keratin produced in the skin surface cells. Keratin is thought to contribute to the development of acne, so by slowing down the production of this protein, it also slows down the production of acne. The azelaic acid also kills the acne-causing bacteria by taking away its food source – sebum.

What are the side effects of finacea?

It’s possible for finacea to cause some discomfort due to the presence of benzoic acid and propylene glycol - both agents that can cause minor skin irritation. The full list of potential side effects are as follows:

  • Burning
  • Stinging
  • Rash
  • Tingling
  • Dryness
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Discomfort
  • Peeling
  • Hives

All of the above symptoms are most likely to happen at the site of application due to it being a topical treatment, but if you do experience any of the above side effects, they usually subside with use, and aren’t often noticeable after a fortnight or so. However, if you find that the symptoms are severe and making you more uncomfortable than before you started treatment, please discontinue use and speak to a GP for advice.

Like most medicines, finacea also has the potential to cause an allergic reaction, particularly if you’ve never used the product before. Keep aware of any symptoms that might arise and stop using finacea at the first sign of any allergic reaction to it.

In some rare cases, patients who also have asthma have reported that using products with azelaic acid worsens their symptoms. Although the risk of this is small, please stop using the product if you feel that your asthma is worsening, and always keep an inhaler handy to mitigate an asthma attack.

Can I take finacea with other medicines?

This depends on the type of medication you’re using. Finacea isn’t known to interact with any oral medications, but topical treatments used on the same area is a bit more of a grey area. It’s best to ask your GP’s advice if you’re already using topical creams on the face before starting treatment with finacea.

If possible, avoid using any alcoholic cleansers or lotions on your skin as this can increase the risk of side effects such as dry skin and irritation.

How do you use finacea?

Finacea is a topical treatment intended for external use only. It should be applied to the affected areas (most commonly the face) twice a day, morning and night. It might help to apply the cream at the same time each day to make it part of your daily routine

Before application, it’s important to wash your face with plain water (or if using soap, a very mild brand) and wait until it’s completely dry. If you’re using a towel, it’s better to dab your face dry rather than rubbing as this can irritate the skin).

Once dry, you can apply finacea gel to the face and affected areas, rubbing it in gently. It’s also important to let this completely dry. As azelaic acid is flammable, don’t smoke or apply the medicated gel near an open flame.

Once dry, you can use cosmetics if you wish. Many acne and rosacea sufferers choose to wear foundation to mask the redness that the conditions cause. If you do want to apply makeup, it’s important to make sure that finacea gel is completely dry first.

Try not to get any of the medicated gel in your eyes. If this does happen, rinse with plain water and seek medical advice, taking the product with you.

Always remember to wash your hands before and after using finacea on your skin.

How long does finacea take to work?

It depends on the condition that the medication is treating. For acne, most patients see a marked improvement within 4 weeks, but for rosacea, it can take up to 8 weeks to notice a difference in symptoms.

If after 8 weeks your symptoms have either not improved or worsened, please visit your GP to discuss alternative treatment options.

Can I use finacea whilst pregnant?

Your doctor will advise you better on this, but if you’re unsure, it’s best to err on the side of caution and avoid the medicine until you’ve sought advice.

If you’re breastfeeding, your doctor might advise you to use finacea with caution, and not to let an infant come into contact with any treated area.

How long should I use finacea for?

Finacea can be used for several months for the treatment of both acne and rosacea. Individual treatment periods may vary, especially in children, but your own doctor will be able to advise you on how long to use the medicated gel for. As mentioned before, if you don’t notice an improvement in your symptoms within the first 8 weeks, finacea might not be the most appropriate treatment for you.

How else can I help my condition?

Even though you’re using medicine to treat your acne or rosacea, there are still other things you can do to make sure that your condition doesn’t flare up.

Many people with rosacea find that things like hot drinks and spicy foods trigger a worsening of symptoms. If this is true for you, or you’re aware of other triggers that do the same, it’s still important to avoid these so that finacea can work to the best of its ability.

Dosage Instructions
Apply to affected areas TWICE daily.
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Finacea Dosage Quantity Cost Including Consultation
Finacea 1 x 30g tube £19.99
Finacea 2 x 30g tube £34.99
Finacea 3 x 30g tube £49.99

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The following delivery methods are currently available within the UK: All orders are sent in discreet, plain packaging.

UK Standard Delivery, £1.99

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UK Express Delivery, £2.99

Order before 12pm to have your order delivered using the Express delivery service* (deliveries are made Monday - Saturday)

If you order after 12pm, your order will be dispatched the next working day and will be with you within 48 hours once dispatched. This excludes weekends and bank holidays

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Royal Mail Special Delivery Next Day Anytime, £4.99 (This service includes Saturday)

Order before 12pm to have your order delivered using Royal Mail Special Delivery Service, which includes Saturday deliveries.

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Royal Mail Special Delivery Next Day Before 1pm, £7.99 (This service includes Saturday)

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Royal Mail Special Delivery Next Day Before 9am, £14.99 (This service includes Saturday)

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DPD Next Day Delivery, £4.99 (Monday - Friday only. This service does not include Saturday)

Orders signed by the doctor before 12 noon the day before will be delivered the following working day

If your order is signed by the doctor after 12 noon, your order will be delivered within 2 working days

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DPD Next Day Delivery, by 12 Noon, £9.99 (Monday - Friday only. This service does not include Saturday)

Orders signed by the doctor before 12 noon the day before will be delivered by 12 noon the following working day

If your order is signed by the doctor after 12 noon, your order will be delivered within 2 working days

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DPD Next Day Delivery, by 10:30am, £14.99  (Monday - Friday only. This service does not include Saturday)

Orders signed by the doctor before 12 noon the day before will be delivered by 10:30am the following working day

If your order is signed by the doctor after 12 noon, your order will be delivered within 2 working days

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DPD Saturday Delivery, £14.99

Orders signed by the doctor before 12 noon the day before will be delivered the following Saturday

If your order is signed by the doctor after 12 noon, your order will be delivered within 2 working days

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DPD Saturday Delivery, by 12:00am, £21.99

Orders signed by the doctor before 12 noon the day before will be delivered by 12:00am Saturday

If your order is signed by the doctor after 12 noon, your order will be delivered within 2 working days

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DPD Saturday Delivery, by 10:30am, £29.99

Orders signed by the doctor before 12 noon the day before will be delivered by 10:30am Saturday

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