Azelaic Acid is a topical treatment for pregnant women with mild to moderate acne. Like many acids, it helps to exfoliate the skin. It helps keep pores clean and therefore helps fight acne. Azelaic Acid also has some antibacterial properties which contribute to its ability to help prevent breakouts, but can also help prevent and calm inflammation for people with rosacea.
How Does Azelaic Acid Work?
Use Azelaic Acid as prescribed by your doctor, and follow directions on the prescription label.
Wash your hands before application. Clean the affected area of your skin with a mild soap and pat dry with a soft towel before applying the medication as directed.
It may take up to four weeks or longer before you begin to see improvements in your symptoms. Continue to use the medication as directed, but notify your doctor if you do not see improvements within 12 weeks of beginning treatment.
Store at room temperature. Store away from excessive heat and moisture.
Where Is Azelaic Acid Available?
Azelaic Acid is available by prescription from just about any pharmacy. It is sold under the brand names Azelex, Finacea, Finacea Plus, and Finevin, and as a generic under the name Azelaic Acid.
What Precautions Should I Take with Azelaic Acid?
If you experience excessive irritation, dryness, or burning, ask your doctor about changing how often you use Azelaic Acid. Do not take this medication if you have a known allergy to propylene glycol or Azelaic Acid.
If you miss a dose, apply the missed dose when you remember to do so. If it is almost time for the next scheduled dose, then skip it. Do not use extra medication to try to make up for a missed dose.
What Are Some of the Side Effects of Azelaic Acid?
Like any prescription, Azelaic Acid has some potential (but not common) side effects. Seek emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction like difficulty breathing, hives, or swelling of the throat, lips, face, or tongue.
Stop using Azelaic Acid and immediately contact your doctor if you experience changes in skin color, or severe itching, tingling, burning, redness, or other irritation.
Less serious side effects may occur, or you may not have any. This is not a complete list of all possible side effects. Check with your doctor to get more information and advice about potential side effects.
How Often Should You Use Azelaic Acid?
Azelaic Acid is relatively gentle, and can therefore be used one or two times daily, depending on your skin type. As with any prescription, you should apply Azelaic Acid as directed by your doctor. Check with your doctor before changing how often you apply it.
Does Azelaic Acid Exfoliate Your Skin?
Yes! Azelaic Acid is part of a group of acids called dicarboxylic acids. It has antibacterial properties and also works as an exfoliant. It is therefore great for keeping pores clear. It is also a good alternative for women who are allergic to benzoyl peroxide.
What Important Information Do I Need to Know About Azelaic Acid?
Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while taking Azelaic Acid. Additionally, check with your doctor before starting Azelaic Acid if you are breastfeeding.
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