Finacea (azelaic acid)

We want to make sure you fully understand your treatment. 
Below outlines the directions, benefits, expectations, and risks with Azelaic Acid.

Finacea (azelaic acid) is a topical, anti-inflammatory medication used to treat rosacea and acne. While it is an effective medication, it is not uncommon to experience some occasional redness, dryness and scaling, especially during the first few weeks of treatment. To reduce your side effects, follow these directions carefully.


Finacea should be applied to your skin once or twice a day, as directed by your doctor.

  • After gently washing your face, apply a thin layer to your entire face. Avoid applying the medication near your eyelids or around the corners of your mouth and nose.
  • Always apply a facial moisturizer after.

A couple of things to keep in mind:

  • It is not uncommon to experience a burning sensation that lasts about 10 minutes when first starting this medication. This side effect usually goes away after the first week.
  • Skip a night or two if your skin becomes irritated, but still apply a facial moisturizer. You can resume the medication once the irritation has subsided.

Consistent usage is key!

Finacea (azelaic acid) is safe to use if you are pregnant or nursing.