Azelaic acid gel-topical

Name: Azelaic acid gel-topical

What is azelaic acid gel-topical, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?

  • Azelaic acid is a topical (applied to the skin) medication used for treating acne. Its exact mechanism of action is unknown. Azelaic acid may work as an antibacterial agent that blocks protein synthesis and therefore growth of Propionibacterium acnes and other bacteria on the surface of the skin that are associated with the development of acne. It may also inhibit follicular keratinization, which prevents development of acne lesions. The FDA approved azelaic acid in September 1995.
  • References: FDA prescribing information

What brand names are available for azelaic acid gel-topical?

Finacea, Azelex

Is azelaic acid gel-topical available as a generic drug?


What is the dosage for azelaic acid gel-topical?

A thin layer of azelaic acid should be applied and massaged into the affected areas of the face every 12 hours.

Is azelaic acid gel-topical safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?

  • The safety azelaic acid has not been evaluated. It is not known whether azelaic acid is excreted in human milk. However, laboratory experiments suggest that the small amount of azelaic acid that is absorbed into the body may be excreted in human milk at very low concentrations that may not be significant.

What else should I know about azelaic acid gel-topical?

What preparations of azelaic acid gel-topical are available?

Gel, Foam, Kit: 15%. Cream: 20%

How should I keep azelaic acid gel-topical stored?

Store azelaic acid between 15 C and 30 C (59 F and 86 F).