Azelex (Azelaic Acid) Medication Information
Azelex is an acne and rosacea medication and it is sold only by prescription. The active ingredient is Azelaic acid is one that occurs naturally. It allows the skin to be renewed more quickly than normal and prevents the unsightly blemishes from forming. It is also able to kill the bacteria that are in the skin that leads to acne and rosacea.
Your doctor will consider the severity of your condition and tell you how to use the medication based upon that. There are no benefits from using more or using the product for longer than recommended. The prescription label will tell you how to use Azelex.
To avoid further bacteria in the area, make sure that your hands are clean. Wash the area with a mild soap and gently pat it dry. You will need to apply Azelex twice daily in the morning and at night.
You may be using the product for a month before you notice any changes, but they should be noticeable within 3 months. If there is no improvement, go back to the doctor.
Azelex Side Effects
Hopefully there will not be any side effects of Azelex, but there is always the chance there will be. Speak to your doctor if you have hives or breathing difficulties. They also need to know if your tongue, throat or lips swell. You must stop applying Azelex and speak to the doctor if:
- There is severe stinging
- You have a tingling or itching sensation
- There is a change to the color of your skin
- The skin feels irritated or starts to peel
Inform your doctor if you are allergic to Azelex, propylene glycol or azelaic acid. They should also be made aware of any other allergies that you have and a full breakdown of your medical history. You will be advised that there are certain things that you should or should not do when applying this product. They are:
- Refrain from waxing the area
- Do not use items that are abrasive such as exfoliants
- Do not eat or drink anything that is likely to make your skin flush – spicy foods and alcohol among other things
- Keeping a check on the severity of asthma if you are a sufferer or the beginning of symptoms if you are not