Finacea gel is a gel that can be used for two indications. These are papular pustular acne of the facial area and for the treatment of papular pustular rosacea. Finacea contains the active ingredient is azelaic acid. Each gram of gel contains 150 milligrams (150mg) of azelaic acid. This means that Finacea gel has a strength of 15%.
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Finacea gel is used to treat rosacea but also can be used for acne. Acne is a skin condition that commonly affects adolescents and young adults. Rosacea is a skin condition that can affect people at any time in their lives.
Rosacea is not contagious (it cannot be passed from one person to another) and is not related to poor hygiene. Rosacea is a long-term (chronic) condition with symptoms that tend to flare in cycles rather than always being present. The exact causes of rosacea are not fully understood, but there are suggestions that patients may be genetically predisposed to the condition, with environmental factors being a trigger for the first signs of the condition. Rosacea tends to affect a significant proportion of the facial area including the cheeks, the chin, and the forehead.
How to Apply Finacea Gel
Finacea gel should be applied to the affected skin twice each day. Ideally, the application should be spaced 12 hours apart. This means that Finacea gel can be applied in the morning, shortly after waking and washing and in the evening a couple of hours before bed. This is general guidance and patients must always follow the directions given to them by the medical professional that prescribes the treatment. Approximately 0.5g, which is 500mg, is sufficient to cover the whole facial area, whether that is to treat acne of the face or rosacea. One fingertip unit (FTU) should be applied to the whole facial area whether you are suffering from acne or rosacea. A fingertip unit is equal to 0.5g, which is 500mg. A fingertip unit is a unit that was described by Andrew Y. Finlay and Colin C. Long in 1991. Their work described a fingertip unit as 'A fingertip unit (FTU) is the amount of ointment expressed from a tube with a 5 mm diameter nozzle, applied from the distal skin-crease to the tip of the index finger'. Each fingertip unit will cover approximately the area of two handprints with the fingers closed together.
The fingertip unit is equal to the amount of cream that is squeezed from a tube to cover the tip of the index finger to the crease of the same finger and is the amount that is generally recommended as a guideline for patients that are using a cream, ointment or gel for most or all of their face area.
Finacea gel should only be applied to patients over the age of 12 years for acne, and patients over the age of 18 years for rosacea.
There have been no specific studies that relate to any dose adjustments for patients over the age of 65 years. Equally, there have been no studies that relate to changes of dose for patients with either renal (affecting the kidneys) or hepatic (affecting the liver) impairment. Generally, Finacea 15% gel is well tolerated.
Finacea Gel for the Treatment of Acne
One fingertip unit should be applied to the whole face if the facial area is affected by acne. When Finacea gel is applied twice a day, most patients see distinct improvements within a month. For the best results, Finacea gel should be used for several months.
General facial hygiene should also be followed, for example, washing the face with gentle soap and some water, and ensuring that any residues of soap are completely rinsed away. If the skin appears dry after washing, a moisturiser may be used, but the moisturiser should be applied at least 2 hours apart from the application of Finacea gel. If there is no improvement within four weeks, or the acne gets worse after Finacea 15% gel is used, the patient should contact their GP at the first available opportunity. If there are any side effects, these should be reported to a doctor or pharmacist, and the use of Finacea gel should be discontinued. The pharmacist or GP is likely to recommend other options if Finacea gel is discontinued.
Finacea Gel for the Treatment of Rosacea
When Finacea gel is used to treat rosacea, just like with acne, an improvement should be seen after one month of treatment. For the best results, Finacea gel should be used over several months. The duration that the gel should be used for should be dependent on the outcome of the treatment and the recommendations of the prescribing clinician that initiates and reviews the treatments with Finacea gel. If no improvements are seen within eight weeks, alternative treatments to Finacea gel should be considered. Usually if there are no improvements within 4 to 8 weeks, the clinician will tell you to stop using Finacea gel and provide other options of treatment.
The Best Way to Apply Finacea
Finacea gel should be applied externally only. In no circumstances can Finacea gel be taken or squeezed into the mouth. Those applying Finacea gel to the face should ensure that the gel does not contact the eyes, mouth, or nostrils. If the person using Finacea 15% gel accidentally allows the application to contact the eyes, mouth, or any other mucus membrane, they must wash the area with large amounts of water and consult their doctor or pharmacist immediately. If any effects occur after the gel has contacted any mucus membrane (or other parts of the skin or body) and the doctor or pharmacist is not available, the person who has used the gel should contact NHS 111 by telephoning 111 on the nearest working telephone immediately.
People that use Finacea gel should avoid any cosmetics that may irritate or cause any burning sensations to the skin. These may include moisturisers, astringents, and skin cleansers that contain large amounts of alcohol. Patients that have skin sensitivity after applying sun lotion must use other methods of protecting themselves from sunlight. This may include wearing a hat that shades the entire area that sunlight is likely to contact, or using a parasol or other physical object that blocks sunlight. Other sun creams that the patient is not sensitive to can be trialled, providing they offer suitable protection. The best way to apply Finacea gel is to follow the directions given to you by the prescriber and the information that is detailed on the patient information leaflet (PIL). Following the fingertip unit advice above may be the best way to ensure that the correct amount of gel is used.
Finacea for Rosacea
There are several creams and gels that can be used to support the symptoms associated with rosacea. Finacea 15% gel is one of the topical applications that people can buy in the United Kingdom. Rosacea is a skin condition that causes red patches to appear in areas of the face and often there are visible blood vessels that can be seen.
The first signs of rosacea can be sometimes difficult to notice. Some people have mild rosacea whilst others have severe rosacea. Rosacea is more common in women than it is in men. Also, rosacea tends to affect patients with fairer skin rather than those with darker or pigmented skin.
Although women are more prone to rosacea, often men may have rosacea more severely than women when the condition flares. Factors that predispose people to the severity of the condition can include their skin type and tone.
Rosacea most often presents itself as redness across the cheeks, forehead, chin, and onto the nose. Frequently, patients may report a stinging or burning sensation when applying products to their skin or when cleansing themselves with facial washes, soaps, and water.
Although rosacea affects those with fair skin, it may also affect a large number of those with darker skin but the signs of rosacea are often less noticeable on patients with darker skin.
The exact causes of rosacea are still not fully understood, but there are several things that are known to make the signs of rosacea worse. These include some things that are otherwise usually considered healthy, as well as other things which national guidance tends to recommend limiting. For example, aerobic exercise that increases the blood flow to the skin may predispose patients that suffer from rosacea to the symptoms. Also, alcohol may make the symptoms worse. Other triggers that make rosacea flare may include caffeinated hot drinks, cheese, and foods that we would consider hot or spicy, for example, hot curries that contain a large amount of chilli or other ingredients which make them feel 'hot' to the taste. Trusted Treatments can help with the symptoms of rosacea by providing medicinal applications that will reduce the symptoms and reduce the chances of a flare-up occurring.
Acne and Finacea
Acne is a common condition that affects adolescents i.e. those that are aged approximately between 14 and 17 years. Many young adults also suffer from acne. University students are often affected by acne at the later stages of the condition. Even though acne affects adolescence and young adults, it also affects many people throughout their adult life. Some patients rely on treatments to support the signs and symptoms of acne throughout their life. Acne is different from the occasional spot. A spot is normal for all people to occasionally see throughout their lives due to each person having pores on their skin that can become blocked, leading to the formation of a spot. Most commonly acne affects the face, the chest, the back, and in some instances the buttocks. Signs of acne on the chest affect approximately 15% of patients that suffer from acne. Patients that suffer from acne commonly have it on their back as well as their face. Patients with facial acne tend to have the condition on their back in approximately 50% of cases. The acne of the back can span to the lower region, including the buttocks.
Acne is a general term that describes several main types of spot or blemish. There are six main types of spots that are related to acne.
There is more information about acne, be causes, and general guidance, on the NHS website at the address here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/acne
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This resource has been last edited on 17th June 2021 by: Richard Neilson MPharm MBA MRPharmS MCIM.
This resource has been reviewed by: Pending Review.
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