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Finacea Gel is a topical treatment for rosacea, a skin condition causing redness and facial flushing. It contains the active ingredient azelaic acid and can also be used to treat pustules and papules (small, red spots) associated with acne.
Finacea Gel works by slowing down the production of keratin in the skin cells, unblocking the pores and sebum glands. This means that dead skin cells and oils don't get trapped and lead to spots. The medication also reduces inflammation by killing the bacteria which causes redness and bumps on the skin.
Rosacea is a skin condition which is characterised by redness of the skin. It usually begins with flushing and redness but it can also progress to cause:
A burning or stinging sensation
Small red spots (papules and pustules)
Visible blood vessels
It's most common in fair skinned individuals over the age of 40 but it can affect people of any age.
There are a number of possible causes of rosacea but experts have been unable to determine the exact cause of the skin condition. The main factors may include:
Blood vessel abnormalities- it's thought that sun damage may cause the blood vessels to dilate resulting in redness
Skin peptides- this is where certain triggers active molecules inside the skin called peptides, causing the blood vessels to dilate
Microscopic mites- there are mites which naturally live on the skin without causing any harm. These are called demodex folliculorum and it's thought that individuals with rosacea may have a larger number of them
Helicobacter pylori bacteria- located in the digestive system, it's thought that they trigger the production of the bradykinin protein which causes the expansion of blood vessels
Genetics- if other members of your family have Rosacea it's more likely you will experience it
Ocular rosacea is a form of the condition which affects the eyes, resulting in red, itching and burning eyes. It's more likely to affect adults between the ages of 30 and 50.
Genetics tend to be a factor in developing rosacea but experts are yet to find a definitive link on how the condition is passed on within families.
Triggers are factors which cause the symptoms of rosacea to flare up. These typically include:
Hot or cold weather
Alcohol, particularly red wine
Certain medical conditions
These triggers may be different for everyone and not all of them will necessarily worsen your symptoms. You may find it helpful to keep a diary to note down the environmental factors present when your skin flares up.
There are several things you can do to manage rosacea. Using sun protection every day, avoid perfumed cleansers and use warm water on your face. Acne treatments can make rosacea worse, as can topical corticosteroids. Makeup can help to cover up the redness and gentle moisturiser will help dry, sensitive skin. Keeping a diary of your triggers will help you to identify what they are so that you can take steps to avoid them.
Stress is a common trigger for causing rosacea to flare up. It's not an underlying cause of the skin condition but it can exacerbate it.
Rosacea affects the face and it can also spread to the eyes. This is known as ocular rosacea.
Finacea Gel is not a steroid. It contains azelaic acid, which is a natural antioxidant produced by the skin.
Finacea Gel can also be used to treat papulopustular acne. This is characterised by small, red spots which may have white tips with pus.
You should start to see an improvement in your symptoms after 4 weeks of using Finacea Gel.
The active ingredient in Finacea Gel is azelaic acid.
The other ingredients in Finacea Gel are: Benzoic acid (E210), Carbomers, Disodium edetate, Lecithin, Polysorbate 80, Propylene glycol, Purified water, Sodium hydroxide, Triglycerides medium chain.
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.
A pea-sized amount should be used twice daily.
Using too much Finacea Gel is nothing to worry about as it's unlikely this will cause any issues. If you experience any skin irritation, reduce the amount of gel used or switch to once daily until the irritation subsides.
If you forget a dose of Finacea gel, don't use twice as much to make up for it. Leave the missed dose and continue as usual.
There are no food or drink which will interact with the way Finacea Gel works but certain substances are known to trigger rosacea symptoms. These include:
You may want to avoid consuming these to prevent your rosacea from being triggered.
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 it then your symptoms are likely to return.
Common side effects include:
Tingling or numbness
Less common side effects can include:
Rare side effects can include:
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
Finacea Gel is not known to affect any other medicines.
Consult your doctor if you wish to use Finacea Gel during pregnancy. It is not known if this treatment can cause any adverse effects for an unborn baby.
Other rosacea treatments include Metronidazole Gel, Ivermectin cream and oral antibiotics. Oral Isotretinoin may be given to treat severe rosacea. Brimonidine tartrate is a new medicine which is applied to the skin to reduce redness. If these don't help, the following treatments may be prescribed:
Finacea Gel and Metronidazole are two commonly prescribed treatments for rosacea. Finacea Gel is a type of azelaic acid whereas Metronidazole is a form of topical antibiotic. Both treatments can cause side effects but Metronidazole may have a harsher effect on the skin.
There is no cure for rosacea but it the condition can be treated and managed.
There are things you can do to help prevent rosacea from flaring up. Avoid scrubbing your face and using harsh products as these can make your symptoms worse. Use a mild cleanser and moisturiser or an emollient soap and always apply sun protection before going outside.
Living with rosacea can be frustrating and it can negatively impact your self esteem given the impact it has on your physical appearance. Getting the right treatment is an important step in being able to manage your condition as this can stop it from worsening, aside from reducing the appearance of it. Many people with rosacea find that camouflage makeup boosts their confidence by covering up the redness. There are online support groups where you can talk to other people with the condition to help you deal with the emotional impact of it.
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.
Using a green tinted base is the best way to even out the redness caused by rosacea. You should also seek out foundations which have a high SFP in order to protect your skin from the sunlight. Brands which are created for sensitive skin are best, such as Dermablend or Mineral foundations.
Identifying what your triggers are is the best way to help manage rosacea. Common dietary triggers are spicy foods, dairy, caffeine and alcohol. If these foods and drinks cause your skin to flare up, you may wish to avoid them.
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 and 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.
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.
NHS> Rosacea https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/rosacea/
Patient Leaflet https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/files/pil.240.pdf
Mayo Clinic> Ocular Rosacea https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/ocular-rosacea/symptoms-causes/syc-20375798
British Skin Foundation> Rosacea https://www.britishskinfoundation.org.uk/rosacea
NHS> Metronidazole https://www.nhs.uk/medicines/metronidazole/