Finacea is a gel made by Bayer, which is used to relieve symptoms of acne rosacea. It applied twice a day to the affected skin on the face. Usually, the benefits of the gel are noticeable after around 4 weeks, and symptoms begin to clear up. Marketed in the UK by Intendis, Finacea is only available to buy on prescription. This is so that a doctor can assess your suitability for the product prior to issue.
- Twice-daily gel
- Improvements usually in 4 weeks
- Popular well-known product
Rosacea is a condition which usually affects the skin on the face. For most, it is a persistent ailment which goes through periods of activity and remission. Symptoms of rosacea include: flushing, or redness; blood vessels showing through the skin; and thickening of the skin. Small red bumps and spots, called papules may appear, as may pus-filled versions of these, or pustules. Problems may also occur in the eye, such as being bloodshot, dryness and feelings of obstruction.
It is thought that the condition is fairly common, affecting around 10 per cent of people on the UK. However, despite having such a high rate of incidence, knowledge of rosacea is fairly limited. The cause is not known, but many people point to the activity of peptides, which are small molecules in the skin. When stimulated by certain factors, peptides are thought to interact with the immune cells in the skin, thus triggering an inflammatory reaction.
Microscopic mites are also a possible cause. These mites, known as demodex folliculorum, provide a harmless presence on the skin normally. However, when their population grows, the levels of bacteria they produce also grows, and this is thought by some to be a factor in causing rosacea symptoms. Irregular blood vessel function has also been identified as a contributing factor.
While a definitive cause has not yet been found, people with rosacea find that certain triggers can induce a flare-up. Triggers most commonly cited include stress, alcohol, caffeine, dairy, physical exertion, prolonged or intense exposure to UV light, and hot or cold weather conditions. Some avoidance strategies can help to limit the likelihood of symptoms, but in some cases, prescription treatment may be necessary to help clear the condition up.
This is available in the form of Finacea. Containing azelaic acid, this gel has shown to be effective within 4-8 weeks in controlling symptoms. As rosacea and its causes are not yet fully understood, how the gel works to relieve the condition is not yet completely known either. However, the gel is known to reduce the levels of acne-inducing bacteria on the skin by interfering with their growth processes, thereby limiting the presence of pustules. It also has anti-inflammatory effects on redness and swelling.
This medication is not available to buy through our site. If you are seeking treatment for skin symptoms but have not yet consulted with a doctor in person, you should make an appointment with your GP, so that they can assess your case and initiate an appropriate prescription.
We recommend you see your GP too if you are looking to renew your prescription for this medicine.
Adhere to the directions provided by your doctor when using this item, and read the instructions in the patient information leaflet carefully prior to use. This will enable you to get the best possible results from your treatment, and limit the risk of side effects.
- Follow the directions issued by your prescriber.
- Typically, the course will consist of one application twice a day, for a period specified by your doctor.
- Make sure the area is clean prior to use.
- Apply the gel in a thin layer over the affected region.
- Carefully rub it in.
- Roughly one 2.5cm squeezed line of gel (0.5g) is enough for the whole of the face.
- Where irritation occurs, use less gel.
- If no improvement is noticeable after two months of treatment, you should go back to your doctor for advice.
- Never exceed the prescribed amount.
- Do not make up for a missed dose with a double dose. If you forget, continue the course as prescribed.
This is not a complete list of directions. Refer to the leaflet provided prior to application.
It is crucial to be aware of the side effects this treatment may cause, so that you can act accordingly in the event that they occur. Those who notice anything resembling signs of an allergic reaction should notify their doctor or nearest hospital right away.
Very common (1 in 10 people or more):
Burning, pain, or itching at the application site
Common (1 in 10 people or less):
Rash, feeling of tingling or numbness, or dry skin.
Uncommon (1 in 100 people or less):
Contact dermatitis, acne, abnormal redness of the skin, scaling, warmth, or skin discolouration.
Rare (1 in 1,000 people or less):
Hypersensitivity, or worsening of asthma.
The above is only a summary of the side effects associated with this product. For a more complete list, please consult the product leaflet.
Taking it with other medicines
Before taking this medication, let your prescriber know if you are using any other treatments, so that they can determine whether it is suitable.
Conditions to look out for
Some conditions may mean that you are unable to use Finacea. Let your prescriber know about your medical history so that they can make an informed decision.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding
If you are pregnant, breastfeeding or trying for a baby, check with your doctor before using this gel.
If used during breastfeeding, do not apply to the breasts.
Driving and using machinery
This gel is not thought to hinder driving or machine use capacity.
Can I still drink alcohol?
We would recommend that you do not drink alcohol when using this item, especially in large amounts, as doing so may make rosacea symptoms worse and negate the effects of the treatment.
Will I still be able to drive?
Yes. It is unlikely that your ability to drive will be affected by this medication. But if you notice anything which may inhibit your capacity to drive safely, do not drive and let your doctor know immediately.
Can I use this medication while pregnant?
It is important if you are pregnant or breastfeeding to let your doctor know when undergoing consultation, as they may wish to prescribe an alternative means of treatment.
How do I store it?
It should be stored at room temperature, out of the reach of children.
Am I allergic to anything in the medicine?
This product contains: azelaic acid, lecithin, triglycerides (medium chain), polysorbate 80, propylene glycol, carbomer 980, sodium hydroxide, disodium edetate, purified water and benzoic acid (E210).
Do not use it if you are allergic to any of these ingredients.
Is it available over the counter?
You will need to consult with a doctor prior to the purchase of Finacea. This is so that they can assess your suitability for the medication prior to use and issue a prescription.
Is it right for me?
The rosacea product you use will be initiated in person by your GP or specialist. If you are not currently using treatment, you should make an appointment with your GP to have your symptoms examined.
Please note we do not provide this medication through our site.
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