Finacea Gel

Buy Finacea gel online to help treat rosacea

  • Slows down the production of keratin in skin cells, helping to unblock pores
  • Designed to help treat rosacea
  • Available from £20.70 + prescription fees and delivery costs

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Strength Quantity Price Stock
15 % w/w1 x 30g tube£20.70In Stock
15 % w/w2 x 30g tubes£41.40In Stock
15 % w/w3 x 30g tubes£62.10In Stock
Prices exclude a prescription fee. This treatment requires a quick online consultation,
which a doctor will review to determine if a prescription is appropriate.

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Reviewed by Virginia Chachati MPharm
(2013, University College London)
GPhC Registration number: 2087654

Information last reviewed 03/07/2021


What is Finacea gel?

Finacea gel is a treatment for rosacea, which is a skin condition that causes redness and facial flushing. It contains the active ingredient azelaic acid. Finacea gel can also be used to treat pustules and papules (small, red spots) associated with acne.

How does Finacea gel work?

Finacea gel works by slowing down the production of keratin in skin cells and unblocking pores and sebum glands. This means that dead skin cells and oils don't get trapped in your pores and lead to spots. Finacea gel also reduces inflammation by killing the bacteria which causes redness and bumps on the skin.

How long does Finacea gel take to work?

You should start to see an improvement in your symptoms after four weeks of using Finacea gel.

Finacea gel summary


Pea-sized amount, rubbed into the skin twice a day

Type of Medicine Topical dicarboxylic acid

Slows production of keratin, allowing skin cells to be more easily cleared from pores

Available Size

30g tube

Available Strengths

15% w/w

Active Ingredient

Azelaic acid


From £20.70 per tube

Side Effects

Can include dry skin, itching, burning, rash, tingling or numbness, contact dermatitis, acne, hives, worsening of asthma, hypersensitivity reactions


Active ingredients

The active ingredient in Finacea gel is azelaic acid. 

Inactive ingredients

The other ingredients in Finacea gel are: benzoic acid (E210), carbomers, disodium edetate, lecithin, polysorbate 80, propylene glycol, purified water, sodium hydroxide and triglycerides medium chain.


How to use Finacea gel

Finacea gel should be applied to clean, dry skin twice a day. Use a pea-sized amount and rub it into the affected areas. If you experience skin irritation, reduce the frequency to once a day until this clears up.

Finacea gel dosage

A pea-sized amount should be used twice daily. 

How long should I use Finacea gel for?

You should use Finacea gel for as long as your doctor or pharmacist has prescribed. This will vary from person to person but it's likely to be a minimum of a couple of months. If you stop using Finacea gel, then your symptoms are likely to return. 

What should I do if I use too much Finacea gel?

Using too much Finacea gel is nothing to worry about as it's unlikely this will cause any harm. If you experience any skin irritation, reduce the amount of gel you use or switch to once daily until the irritation passes.

What should I do if I forget to use Finacea gel?

If you forget to use Finacea gel, don't use twice as much to make up for it. Skip the missed dose and continue as prescribed by your doctor.

Are there any foods or drink I should avoid while using Finacea gel?

There are no foods or drinks which will interact with the way Finacea gel works, but certain substances may trigger rosacea symptoms. These include: 

  • Spicy food 
  • Caffeine 
  • Alcohol 
  • Dairy

You may want to avoid consuming these to prevent your rosacea from being triggered.

Side Effects

Finacea side effects

Common side effects of Finacea gel include: 

  • Itching 
  • Burning 
  • Pain 
  • Dry skin 
  • Tingling or numbness 
  • Rash 
  • Swelling 

 Less common side effects of Finacea gel can include: 

  • Acne 
  • Contact dermatitis 
  • Erythema 
  • Urticaria 
  • Skin discomfort 

 Rare side effects of Finacea gel can include: 

  • Hypersensitivity 
  • Skin irritation 
  • Hives 
  • Worsening of asthma 


Do not use Finacea gel if you are allergic to any of the ingredients. 

Inform your doctor if: 

  • You are pregnant 
  • You have asthma 
  • You are scheduled to have surgery 

Drug interactions

Speak to your doctor if you want to use other medicines at the same time as Finacea gel.

Can I use Finacea gel during pregnancy?

Speak to your doctor if you wish to use Finacea gel during pregnancy, or if you are trying for a baby.

Treatment Options

Alternatives to Finacea gel

Other rosacea treatments include metronidazole gel (Rozex), ivermectin cream (Soolantra), brimonidine (Mirvaso) and oral antibiotics. Oral isotretinoin may be given to treat severe rosacea. If these don't help, you could try laser treatment.

Finacea gel vs metronidazole

Finacea gel and metronidazole (in Rozex) are two commonly prescribed treatments for rosacea. Finacea gel contains azelaic acid, whereas metronidazole is an antibiotic.

Rosacea self-help

There are things you can do to help prevent rosacea from flaring up. Avoid scrubbing your face, using exfoliants or applying harsh products as these can make your symptoms worse. Use a mild cleanser and a light moisturiser. Always apply sun protection before going outside.


Can I still wear makeup while using Finacea gel?

You can still wear makeup while using Finacea gel. If you are applying it after using the treatment, wait for the gel to sink in first. There are camouflage cosmetics available to cover up severe redness.

What kind of foundation can I use to cover redness caused by rosacea?

Using a green tinted base is the best way to even out the redness caused by rosacea. You should also look for foundations which have a high SPF sunscreen in order to protect your skin from sunlight. Brands which are created for sensitive skin are best.

Is Finacea gel a steroid?

Finacea gel is not a steroid. It contains azelaic acid, which is naturally produced by a fungus that lives on the skin.

Is Finacea gel good for acne?

Finacea gel can also be used to treat papulopustular acne. This is characterised by small, red spots which may have white tips with pus. 

Can rosacea cause acne?

Rosacea and acne are two different skin conditions but are often commonly mistaken for each other. Rosacea can include small, red bumps which look similar to acne, whereas acne can cause redness and irritation. If you are unsure, see a doctor for advice as they will be able to diagnose which skin condition you have.

What diet can help rosacea?

Identifying what your triggers are can help you manage rosacea. Common dietary triggers are spicy foods, dairy, caffeine and alcohol. If these cause your skin to flare up, you may wish to avoid them.

Are rosacea and eczema related?

Rosacea and eczema are two different skin conditions which are not related. Rosacea causes flushing, redness and small spots whereas eczema appears as red, itchy dry patches of skin. They are each treated in different ways.

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