Finacea Gel

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30g Tubes
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Finacea 15% gel is a topical treatment for mild to moderate acne or rosacea. This gel contains the active ingredient azelaic acid, which helps to slow down the production of keratin in the skin where it’s applied. Azelaic acid can also remove excess sebum and kill the bacteria that cause acne.


How Finacea gel treats acne and rosacea

Finacea gel contains the active ingredient azelaic acid, which is in a class of medications called dicarboxylic acids. These types of acids work to treat rosacea by decreasing swelling and redness in the skin and can treat acne by killing the bacteria that are responsible for infecting clogged pores. It also decreases the production of keratin, a protein that’s thought to cause the development of acne.



Before applying Finacea, make sure the affected area of the skin is clean and dry. You can wash your face with water or a mild cleanser. It’s usually recommended that you apply Finacea to the affected area of the skin twice a day (once in the morning and once in the evening). You should apply around 2.5cm of gel to your face, equivalent to 0.5g. Make sure to avoid contact with your eyes or other sensitive areas. 

It may take 4 weeks or more until you see an improvement in your acne or rosacea - Finacea works most effectively if you use it continuously over the period of treatment that your doctor or Chemist4U pharmacist has recommended. 

If your skin becomes irritated whilst using Finacea, use a little less gel when you’re applying it, or just use it once a day instead until the irritation goes away. If this doesn’t stop the irritation, you can stop using Finacea temporarily for a couple of days.

If your acne doesn’t get any better within a month, or your rosacea doesn’t get any better within two months, or if your condition becomes worse during this time, you should stop using Finacea and talk to your doctor or Chemist4U pharmacist.  


Side effects

Like all medicines, Finacea could cause side effects, but not everybody will get them. Seek medical attention immediately if you have any signs of an allergic reaction (swelling of the face, lips, or tongue, rash, or difficulty breathing). Common side effects may include: 

  • Burning, pain, or itching at the application site

  • Rash

  • Tingling or numbness 

  • Dry skin

  • Swelling 

For more information on possible side effects in relation to acne or rosacea specifically, refer to the patient information leaflet. If you experience any side effects, including any not included in the patient information leaflet, you can report them using the MHRA Yellow Card Scheme



You shouldn’t use Finacea if you are allergic to azelaic acid or any of the other ingredients in this medicine. Finacea is a safe acne treatment for children over 12 years old, but it’s not recommended for children under 18 for treatment of rosacea. 

You should avoid using alcoholic cleansers, tinctures and astringents, abrasives, and peeling agents when using Finacea to treat rosacea. Speak to your doctor or Chemist4U pharmacist before using this product if you’re using any other medicated skin treatments. 

Speak to your doctor or Chemist4U pharmacist before taking Finacea if you are taking any other medicines or herbal remedies, including those obtained without a prescription. 


Pregnancy and breastfeeding 

If you are pregnant, think you may be pregnant, trying to become pregnant or you are breastfeeding, you should ask your doctor or Chemist4U pharmacist before using Finacea. If you do use this medicine whilst breastfeeding, it’s important that your baby doesn’t come into contact with your treated skin, so it’s best to avoid application on the chest.


Important information

This product is a medicine; make sure to speak to your doctor or Chemist4U pharmacist before taking this product if you have an underlying medical problem or are taking any other medicine or complementary therapy. If your symptoms get worse or continue after taking this product, contact us or your doctor. For medical services in your area, please refer to

If you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or breastfeeding, speak to your doctor or our pharmacist before taking this product. If you suffer from any allergies, ask your doctor or our pharmacist if this medicine is right for you.

Store all medicines out of sight and reach of children.

Please read the included leaflet carefully before using this product.

Please contact your GP if appropriate regarding this product.



Keep out of sight and reach of children. Do not use Finacea after the expiry date, referring to the last day of the month stated on the packaging. 

Finacea Gel Reviews

By Michael Harrison,
March 31, 2024
L Only in the early stages of use, but is easy to apply, and instructions are brilliant. Will update in 4/5 weeks.

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Rosacea - Symptoms, Causes & Treatments

Rosacea (pronounced “roh-zay-sha”) is a chronic inflammatory skin condition that causes redness and burning across the cheeks, nose, forehead and chin. Rosacea tends to come and go in flare-ups and can worsen over time if left untreated, resulting in further symptoms like pimples, thickened skin and even eye problems. Whilst...
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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between acne and rosacea?

Everyone’s skin is different, so it can be hard to figure out what type of condition is behind your problem areas. Acne and rosacea are both common skin disorders, but they’ve got different symptoms to look out for.

Rosacea affects the central region of the face, usually the cheeks and nose, but sometimes the chin and forehead. It’s mainly characterised by redness, sensitivity, and sometimes tiny broken blood vessels may be visible. Spots can appear and the skin can become swollen.

Acne usually affects the face, but can also appear in the back, chest, or shoulders. Acne typically causes a variety of spots such as blackheads, whiteheads, or large cysts. Acne sufferers usually have very oily skin.

Do I need a prescription for this medication?

You do need a prescription for this medication in the UK.

Our healthcare professionals can provide prescriptions if they think this treatment would be right for you and your condition.

When you click the button which reads “Start Consultation” at the top of this page, you’ll see a short questionnaire set up by our healthcare team which is designed to help them understand your medical needs.

Just like an in-person consultation with your GP, our doctors will assess your answers to their questions and write a prescription for the treatment they think will be best for you.

You’ll then be able to pay for your medication and we’ll send it out to you quickly and in discreet packaging.

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