Finacea User Reviews

Finacea is a topical rosacea treatment made by Intendis. Its main active ingredient is azelaic acid 15%. Officially, finacea “is a topical treatment for the inflammatory bumps and lesions of mild to moderate rosacea”.

Other topical and systemic treatments exist for the papules and pustules of rosacea, so finacea is not your only choice for treating these rosacea symptoms.

A 20% cream formulation of Azelaic Acid (Azelex, Allergan) and (Skinoren, Schering) has been marketed since 1996 for the treatment of acne.

In the last few years several papers have been published comparing finacea to other topicals, and most importanly for us, assessing finacea’s efficacy in treating some rosacea symptoms.

A 2003 article titled A Comparison of 15% Azelaic Acid Gel and 0.75% Metronidazole Gel in the Topical Treatment of Papulopustular Rosacea found that “Azelaic acid gel was superior to metronidazole gel in reduction of mean nominal lesion count and mean percent decrease in inflammatory lesions”. Neither treatment had a clinically appreciable effect on telangiectasia. Benefits from using metronidazole plateauxed after 8 weeks, but continued to be seen by those using azelaic acid.

This study showed azelaic acid was better than metronidazole, even more so than the 1999 study titled A comparison of topical azelaic acid 20% cream and topical metronidazole 0.75% cream in the treatment of patients with papulopustular rosacea. This 1999 study concluded that 20% azelaic acid cream was merely a safe and effective alternative to metronidazole 0.75%.

Another 2003 article titled Efficacy and safety of azelaic acid (15%) gel as a new treatment for papulopustular rosacea: Results from two vehicle-controlled, randomized phase III studies showed that 15% azelaic acid gel was significantly better at reducing papules and pustules than the vehicle gel (i.e. compared to a preparation without the active ingredient).

A followup paper in 2004 titled Azelaic Acid 15% Gel: In the Treatment of Papulopustular Rosacea summarized the 2 cited 2003 papers above. Additionally one can find published papers relating to azelaic acid and the treatment of perioral dermatitis and acne.

Does Finacea Treat Redness?

With regards to treating the erythema (redness) of rosacea, only erythema in the presence of papules and pustules has been studied. Thus finacea’s affect on transient erythema is unknown.

Finace Adverse Reactions

Finacea is not suitable to those with a sensitivity to propylene glycol. About 20% of various trialists report mild side effects from using finacea, compared to 14% using just the vehicle gel. See the prescribing information for more warnings and safety usage information.

A 2004 paper titled Noxious sensory perceptions in patients with mild to moderate rosacea treated with azelaic acid 15% gel was unable to prove via the lactic acid facial sting test (and others) that azelaic acid caused increases in the senstivity of 40 mild to moderate rosacea sufferers.

A 2005 paper titled Cumulative irritation potential of metronidazole gel compared to azelaic acid gel after repeated applications to healthy skin found that when applied to healthy skin, metronidazole gel was less irritating than azelaic acid.

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  1. Tom says:

    Finacea is a wonderful product for the control of acne and the red bumps of Rosacea. Doesn’t seem to have any impact of my facial redness.

  2. Buzz says:

    Wow, what a good read this has all been.

    I started getting my first Rosacea symptoms about 4 years ago. They completely cleared up after I had to take oral prednisone (at a high dose to treat an auto-immune disease. One of the ones that isn’t fun to talk about at all.) After tapering completely off of the oral prednisone January of this year, the Rosacea symptoms came back with a flourish. It started with a bumpy forehead, and progressed to a nasty rash over my nose, cheeks, eye lids and chin. My eyes also got really bad.

    My Dad saw my face, and said, “you have Rosacea, son, try this.” and threw me a tube of Finacea. I milked that 1/4 tube for five months. I finally ran out yesterday.

    Went to the Derm today, and he confirmed the diagnosis, gave me the evil eye for using Finacea without a prescription, then proceeded to write me out my own script. He also put me on Oracea, and told me to get to an Opthalmologist post-haste.

    That’s all the bad news. The good: Finacea has kept my face *completely* clear for six months. The stuff is truly magic. When I use it regularly I have *zero* symptoms. My wife says my face looks as good as it did 20 years ago, bless her.

    Now just wondering what the eye doc is gonna say…

  3. linda says:

    I have been using Finacea for a few months. My skin is much better looking. I used Metrogel for a year and I don’t think I had any improvement. I would recommend Finacea.

  4. Judy says:

    I was just given Finacea 3 days ago and so far don’t see any improvement. My face has a slight burning feeling to it.. but, not bad.. I use Metrogel in the morning and Finacea at night. I don’t know if it is going to work for me or not.. I sure hope so.. I enjoyed reading your posts as you seem to have the same problems as I have.

  5. Diane says:

    It breaks my heart to hear of all the torments of my fellow rosacea sufferers! A few pointers I have found helpful:

    Cetaphil Gentle Cleansing Bar – I use it every day morning and night. (NOT regular Cetaphil cleanser, it contains alchohol)

    Lancome daily moisturizer is generally well tolerated by rosacea sufferers.

    Clinique Sun Block is well tolerated too. Actually improves redness – might be zinc in it. I use it every day that I don’t wear Lancome moisturizer w/SPF and foundation makeup.

    If you have access to a pool, swimming with face in the water helps dramatically. Chlorine clears up skin and cooling water is soothing.

    Drink cool, not cold water. Limit spicy foods. Limit hot drinks.

    Opthomalogist recommended Oregon Grape Root. He didn’t believe it himself until he saw dramatic improvements in his patients for both eyes and skin, but takes a few months.
    Flaxseed Oil also recommended. Trying that now.

    I use Finacea at night only. Then a soothing, calming cream mask for sensitive skin – Clarins Hydra Quench for sensitive skin works for me.

    These are a few of the tips I found about ten years ago on a website. I still have flare ups but most of the time no one can believe I have rosacea.

    Good luck everybody!

  6. Paul says:

    I’ve only been using this product for 3 weeks now and already my skin is better than I have seen it in years.

    I am 35, and I didn’t know I had rosacea until after a series of eye infections the opthamologist mentioned the possibility it was ocular rosacea and my skin became worse and worse.

    In the first 2 weeks it really dried my skin, I guess that is the acid removing the layers of dead cells and gunk. It is crucial to moisturise after using it for most people. At the moment I have 0 papules/pustules on my face, for the first time since being on anti-biotics a few years back.

    The only precautions I would take if starting this product – make sure you have a good moisturiser, test it on your skin first before using it all over your face and possibly mix it with something to lower the strength if you have adverse reactions. I feel so much better in public now, knowing that people aren’t looking at severe papules/marks on my skin. I have mild redness now.

  7. John says:

    Have of the men here who have used Finacea for months, or years, noticed that it reduces you testosterone (like lower energy, larger chest area, putting on weight etc)

    I had noticed this, and then read about Azelaic acid being a potent DHT (Dihydrotestosterone) inhibitor.
    This can lead to the development of female characteristics.

  8. KATHY T says:

    HI, THIS IS FOR LORI AND ANYONE WITH CRUSTING AROUND THE EYELIDS..THIS IS NOT ALWAYS ROSACEA..THERE IS ANOTHER NAME BLAS???SOMETHING. DRS TELL YOU TO WASH LIDS WITH A SCRUB. I BOUGHT OLAY MASCARA AND MAKEUP REMOVER (IN A PALE GREEN TUBE) TO REMOVE MY MAKEUP AND IT HAS CURED THE EYE ISSUE..WHEN IT FLARES UP I USE IT EVERYNIGHT..OTHERWISE ITS JUST A GOOD MAKEUP REMOVER…SAVED ME FROM THE OCULAR SCRUBS AND BABY SHAMPOO REGIMEN..HAPPENED TOTALLY BY ACCIDENT..GOOD LUCK

  9. Alex says:

    My doctor just gave me Finacea gel samples to try, but after researching the product it seems like it is meant mainly for Rosacea. I have not been diagnosed with Rosacea, I just get painful pimples on my chin. Can Finacea also be helpful for iritated skin related to acne?

  10. Trish says:

    Im 22 and not fair skinned, but I was diagnosed with rosacea about 3 years ago. The metrogel they tried did not do anything, but then I was put on the finacea and doryx, which helped at first then stopped after about a year. I decided to do a cycle of accutane and it cleared me up for a while, then went back on just the finacea twice a day and it helped keep my skin mostly clear. But now my skin is starting to break out worse again, especially on my nose,temples, and cheeks. Im wondering if after a long time of use the finacea becomes less effective or if I should be trying something new.

  11. margaret says:

    Have used rosex for a few years with poor result then started on Doryx 50mg daily with slight improvement but still periodic breakouts ..looking like a teenager with pimples.Doctor then prescribed finacea and wow the results are marvellous. Took only a few days to work and have had no outbreaks in months. Great results wish I had known about it before.

  12. Chopsy M says:

    I tried Skinoren (such a delightful name! Why can’t they call it Finacea in UK, too?) for a few days, but had to give up as it made my whole face sting for ages afterwards. It even made my eyes water, thereby making it officially worse than Metrogel for my poor little face.

  13. dougie says:

    after using finacea the redness was greatly reduced almost overnight..but then after using it for over a month the redness just came back (again overnight) it seems like my skin became resistant to it…nothing worse when you think u have found the cure only to be let down again…maybe try doing what others have suggested on here and try it only at night and maybe even alternate nights too

  14. Lori says:

    I haven’t posted in awhile. It’s interesting to see how some will react well with Finacea and some not so well. I am having wonderful results on just Finacea and have been on it for a couple of years now. My doc did say at my last apt that I would get less redness if I would use it morning and night, but I can’t bring myself to try that…don’t want to mess with a good thing. I can handle the redness, it was the awful, gross looking breakouts I couldn’t stand. You’d see peoples’ eyes glance at them and then turn away. That, of course, would make me flush….you get the picture…it was a vicious cycle. The breakouts are gone and my skin is smooth. Now I still get the occasional “Boy, your face is red” comment. I just explain that I have rosacea and they usually apologize.

    Question…anyone notice that they seem to have less wrinkles on Finacea? I’m 52 and I swear my wrinkles are smaller. If so, just another benefit of Finacea!

  15. Denise L says:

    For about 8 yrs I have had rosacea. It shows under neath my nostrils and under my mouth on both sides. It’s very red and pimply, which are very irratating. I have tried a few things and now have been on Finacea for 1 week. It’s a short time, but I see absolutely no results. If anything it seems more irratated and much worse. I’m not sure if I should continue using it. I thought I would see atleast alittle improvement. I’ve read about this product called Prosracea and the comments are good. Does anyone know of this product and should I stop using Finacea?

  16. David Pascoe says:

    Hi Denise,

    Have you ever discussed with your doctor the possibility of your symptoms being related to perioral dermatitis ?

    1 Week is too short to see a benefit from Finacea. I’d wait at least a month if you can.

    There are lots of good review for Prosacea. I haven’t tried it, but it does seem to be received quite well.

    davidp.

  17. Mike B says:

    I have posted some time ago on this thread and have suffered with all
    aspects of rosacea at various stages for over 20 years now but the most
    uncomfortable and most distressing subtype for me now is the burning, painful ”neurogenic” subtype, now being considered for formal classification
    as the fifth subtype to be added for inclusion in the diagnoses of rosaea in
    all of its forms.

    I have been reluctant to try finacea cream as yet mainly because of my extreme
    sensitivity to most things and the potential side effects from its use, including
    possible loss of pigment, drying and stinging and more hair growth and hormonal disturbances, which is why it also has been used to help retard scalp hair loss in
    men in some cases to varying degrees. I am glad that it does seem to offer some hope for some people, albeit in perhaps a very limited way for many.

    What I also do wish to say though is that the latest dermo I have seen is now saying
    that there is no evidence that any of the cortisone/ steroid creams of any strengths do any real damage to the skin in any ways that have been mentioned in the medical and scientific literature for many years now. I told him that i find this very hard to believe and that if this is true then why does so much of the information now
    available still say facts to the contrary and that many medicos still believe it can cause varying degrees of damage. This needs to be definitely sorted out and clarified once and for all, as its not at all helpful or indeed acceptable that there are two schools of thought regarding the potential dangers of using it and simply no risk of danger and damage at all in its use.

    This is an urgent matter even moreoso now, in that a true and factual general consensus needs to be reached regarding topical cortisone use, especially if it still can indeed aggravate existing rosacea from what i have believed for so long now, as well as possibly cause it in some instances.

    Mike B

  18. DENISE says:

    Hi DavidP,

    Thank you so much for writting. I have not been to a determatoloist since I don’t have medical insurance. After looking into perioral dermatitis it seems this is exactly what I have. I have had this for so long and in the same place, to the left and right below my lips and left and right below each nostril. The pictures and everything match up. Thank you so much I am relieved to know what it really is. I only thought rosacea, because it’s a more common name.This rash comes and goes, sometimes worse at times than others. Right now it is terrible, I think because I am pregnant. It seems hormone changes are a big factor to flare ups.

    Now I am going to try different things, although not sure what. Do you know much effective treatment for this? I am going to change my toothpaste #1 and it seems I should stop washing my face with anything that has SLS in it. In fact I have heard not to wash your face until the rash has subsided. That’s what I am doing as of today. I am also applying compresses of apple cider vinegar for now until I research a effective medication. Since I am pregnant it seems Erythromycintablets and gel is suggested. I know this is a Rosacea support group, but if anyone has more information on this I would be greatly appreciated. By the way, I did try the Procasea for 2 days and found alittle relief from the irratation.

  19. Stacey says:

    Does anyone know where I can get finacea in the U.S.? It is so expensive and
    my insurance doesn’t cover it. I bought the Australian brand from epharmacy.com
    but it didn’t work for me. Any suggestions are welcome. Thanks!

  20. Anne says:

    Do not wash your face, wear makeup or use any treatments for one week! This winter I abandoned all products and only washed my face every three days with aveeno oatmeal soap. I used linen papers to blot excess oil on the days I did not wash my face. I noticed greatly reduced redness, healing of subderm breakouts and less peeling and flaking. I now believe a good deal of skin problems including rosacea are caused by, or aggravated by, the daily use of treatments, prescriptions, makeups etc..
    I see ALL the makeup lines are now carrying anti-redness products. It is a huge business. Since when did you hear about untold numbers of people suffering from rosacea? Certainly not 20 years ago. Why now?
    It is so sad and heartbreaking to read these posts. Please try this when you have a few days off from work or if you are a stay at home parent.
    I don’t believe the previous generations had all this makeup, prescriptions, treatments etc. and they also did not have this continuing problem with their skin.

  21. Carie says:

    Hello,
    Im a 35 yr old female w/ rosacea. I have no symptoms except redness. But I am very red. I dont like to leave the house without make-up b/c I look like I have a sunburn on my face!

    The derm prescribed finacea to me. I will try the sample, but the med. is so expensive that I dont want to waste the money unless Im sure it will work only for redness.

    Anyone else w/ the same prob?

  22. Susan M says:

    I too have only redness. I used Finacea of a few months and it did nothing to help the redness. It also burned my skin. I think it is for pustules. They have nothing any good for redness so they prescribe all these other stuff just to give you”something” and get you to keep coming back. I have been on Metrogel, finacea, generic antibiotics, Oracea, all to no avail. I was also given a dry ice treatment which is supposed to be only for acne since my insurance would pay for it- just to put $$ in the doctor’s pocket. It took my face three months to recover from that!

  23. Lori says:

    Carie: I, too, have the redness. I started with a terrible acne breakout and was diagnosed with rosacea (I was 50 at the time of the breakout). My doc prescribed Finacea which cleared up the acne very well. He told me to continue using it to prevent future breakouts. I’ve been on it for about 2 years now. It works great for the breakout part of rosacea but haven’t really seen much help with the redness. The doc told me to use it morning and night (I currently only use it at night) as that would help with the redness. I haven’t tried twice a day yet. On the up side…I don’t have too many wrinkles!

    It is terrible to have people constantly saying “Oh my, your face is so red. Are you alright?” I hear it all the time. I get red when I blow my nose, bend over, get too warm. Unfortunately, makeup makes me breakout so that’s out.

    Hope you find something that helps.

  24. Sammi says:

    I’ve been using finacea and taking minocycline for quite some time now. Prior to that I was using Rosex and Doxycycline both of which were wrong for me. I don’t have any bumps anymore but my face is still red but not as bad as before. I do use a 24 hour makeup that covers the redness completely. I cleanse my skin with Biore. It’s great stuff and is non comedogenic.

    I think finacea does reduce the appearance of fine lines and does make my face very smooth. I’ve gone from large pores to small. It’s probably because it exfoliates.

  25. Emma says:

    Hi
    I’m 28 and have suffered with rosacea I have the spot like lumps on nose chin forehead n cheeks. I have redness also in this areas, my specialist here in uk has put me on several antitbiotics and nothing has worked. I get very emotional n down when talking about my condition as I feel ugly n a social outcast. People think I have acne and therefore I feel like they think I’m dirty. I can’t wear make up or subcream. I feel ashamed when going out.

    I’m giving the f cream a go. Starting it tomorrow. Wish me luck

    I was please to find thus thread of conversation as it made me feel not so odd Ty

  26. Paul says:

    I have been on Finacea for about 1.5 years now and it is a fantastic product. I just wish I had tried it earlier before the rosacea acne did some permanent damage to my skin (just a few marks on my cheeks).

    I have some redness still, but that doesn’t bother me, the pimples are gone! One thing that also helps is removing alcohol and limiting stimulants like coffee.

    But honestly this product has allowed me to go into public without feeling self conscious all of the time.

  27. Elizabeth says:

    I was just diagnosed with mild to moderate rosacea 2 days ago. I thought it was just another allergic reaction to a new shampoo I tried that was supposed to be sulfate-free. Now I wonder if it’s been rosacea all along, but this time it didn’t clear up after stopping the shampoo. My dermatologist prescribed Finacea and Cera Ve. I’m only on my 3rd day of using the Finacea, but my question is, does the condition tend to get worse before it gets better? I’m not having the stinging and burning some people describe, but the bumps are worse and more painful than before. In fact, they weren’t really painful before I started using the Finacea.

  28. joan says:

    1started using finacea 2 wks ago wow what a dif. rednes and lumps also smaller pores I could not be happier. ps I AM IN MY SEVENTYS.

  29. heather NSW Australia says:

    my rosacea is practically cured – the little veins are still there a bit.

    I have had rosacea acne and dry flacky areas on my face. I tried various things.

    I now wash my face in powdered organic oats with boiling water on it, use as soap and also leave on the skin but dont let it dry out, wash off.

    I eat chia seed and organic oats porridge with a bit of soy milk on it.

    ( use blender to powder chia seed – I tablespoon, and half cup of oats made into flour pour on boiling water and stir – vanilla essence and some natural sweetener – like xylotol – only a little – sometimes banana, or stewed apples)

    Chia is really high in omega3 and 6 also hydrating, oats decrease cortesone and are really good for regrowing collagen.

    I am taking all the vitamines and food suppliments that may help make the skin regrow.

    http://www.smartskincare.com/treatments/topical/lycopene.html

    for SCIENTIFIC SKIN CARE FORMULAS -brilliant site

    I eat some raw kelp from our beach and cold pressed sesame oil on toast. sesame oil is used in India for skin problems.

    I have started using vit e plus kelp soaked in water, aloe and Q 10 for a moisturiser.

    will see how that goes , soon as possible I will get some REd palm oil for a type of vit e that isnt available in normal vit E

    Will it work for others – let me know.

    Heather

  30. Tracy says:

    I was diagnosed with mild-moderate rosacea when I was 37. After going through countless face creams, cleansers, and Metrogel, the lady who does my IPL recommended Finacea. Let me tell you…I was skeptical at first, because my skin is super sensitive and dry. But after two weeks of use, I noticed a reduction in “hives”/zits and sensitivity. It doesn’t do a lot for redness immediately, and it DOES STING when you use it for the first couple weeks, but it has worked wonders for me.

    A couple hints:

    I was using CeraVe long before I was using Finacea, and I looked long and hard for a facial lotion that added moisture that LASTED. This stuff rules on so many levels. Back to my point: When you apply finacea, wait a couple minutes for it to dry. Then apply whatever lotion works for you. The stinging goes away after a few minutes.

    Don’t use finacea two times a day. I only use it in the morning.

    Don’t use a lot of it in the application. Too much can aggravate. I use the size of a small pea over my face — and keep it away from my eyelids.

    DO NOT use it on windburn, sun kissed skin, or dry patches. It will aggravate and cause burning. I try to wait on using it if my skin is sensitive from something.

    Hope this helps anyone considering or using Finacea!

  31. Karen says:

    I just received a prescription for Finacea today. However, it is going to be $180. I wanted to know if anyone has used the Finacea that comes from Australia. It seems to be a different name of company. However, I can get it for $60 shipped here to the US. I also do not want to throw away any more $.

    Also, Please if anyone has any result testimonies for me I would appreciate it. I am just not sure that I know what to do. I have used Doxy and it does work for me, but the medicine is very regimented as far as time and not eating with it, etc. I also did not like the way it made me feel. I decided it was not worth it to take it. I tried a finacea sample for the last two week and I think that there is some improvement, but I am not sure…it could just be I am not flaring as bad. Any advice…
    Thanks

  32. Kate says:

    There is an over the counter product in Australia called Azclear, made be a company called Ego. It’s 20% Azeleic acid and about $10 for a 25g tube. So far I’ve had good results and zero irritation, it’s actually very calming for me. I’m sure you can order it online from an Aussie pharmacy; sounds as though you’re being held ransom by the drug companies in the US. It’s really a very cheap product.

  33. Paul says:

    I live in Australia and 15% Finacea costs $26 per 30g tube, I buy mine from: (http://www.epharmacy.com.au/product.asp?id=49623&pname=Finacea+Acne+Gel+15%25+30g)

    I’m not sure if there is any difference to the US one in terms of strength (might be more than 15%?). But the Aussie Finacea works perfectly for me. Since using it I don’t get any pustules which was the main concern for me. At first it made my skin very dry, but now it’s fine.

    I only use it once a day. I still have some redness, but pustules/pimples are GONE.

  34. Sydney says:

    I have mild to moderate rosacea and adult acne and my primary care doctor prescribed topical steroids but after seeing a dermatologist she recommended against long term use of topical steroids. I was reluctant to give up the only thing that seemed to keep the flare ups of pustules around and under my nose at bay but she was confident in Finacea. I am in my second week with it and I am very impressed with the results! I will say that for the first week it actually made it much worse (which they warned me about – they said it would draw eruptions to the surface and they were right) and there was significant drying even with the moisterizer that came with the Finacea (scaly and rough peeling patches). I also had some mild stinging and itchy feelings right after I applied it but that has also subsided as time goes on. But after about a week the eruptions receded and I am very happy with the results. I am hopeful that it will continue to improve and completely clear my skin. I highly recommend it – just be prepared for that initial phase.

  35. Robert says:

    I posted this in another section of this site but I’ll post it again in case people have not seen it:

    VitaminShoppe.com has a generic non-prescription azelaic acid cream called Melazepam which is under $15. (An alternative to prescription Finacea)

    I had rosacea redness all over my face and bumps on the cheeks and forehead, and the Melazepam if used consistently twice a day, significantly toned down both the bumps and the redness.

    I don’t see Melazepam mentioned much online in the forums, and although it is not a ‘cure’, it works on the symptoms of rosacea like Finacea but is not expensive.

  36. Carol says:

    Finacea has made a HUGE difference in my rosacea. I used Metrogel for years but barely noticed any improvement and pretty much gave up, accepting that I’d always have the perpetual redness and bumps. I don’t even remember to use the Finacea 2x daily as I should but my skin still looks much better – it would probably be 100% cleared if I’d only develop the 2x a day habit! I have to admit that it stung badly the first times when I applied the Finacea at first but, for whatever reason, it stopped stinging after a week or so. Yes, I wholeheartedly recommend giving Finacea a try!

  37. Ladyjane says:

    I have been on doxy and finance a with less then remarkable results. I still have bumps which to me is the worst symptom. I’m just tired of this condition and find dermatologists are less than willing to treat this condition. My self confidence has suffered. Bummer! Anything else I should try?

  38. Beth says:

    For Ladyjane…try minocycline which is also a tetracycline drug. This worked
    better for me than the doxy. Think I took 100mg once a day for 1-2 months.
    It always cleared up my skin within a couple of weeks. However, it makes you
    more susceptible to sunburn so use a zinc sunscreen. I have always wanted to
    post to let other people know what products have worked for me, so here it goes:
    Epionce milky lotion cleanser for dry/sensitive skin (really like this used to use cetaphil but this is more moisturizing), Epionce rebalancing skin clarifier for dry/sensitive,
    Epionce Lytic Lotion (at night only for exfoliating), in morning use Elta MD moisturizing facial sunscreen spf 30 with zinc oxide which is very soothing on my skin. Zinc is supposed to soothe and calm rosacea. Now here is my problem, what to use as a night time moisturizer. Was using Revaleskin Intense Recovery Treatment (contains coffeeberry which is a powerful antioxidant to fight inflamation) but now that is being discontinued and my dermatologist has no answers for me as what to replace it with! I also have been using Finacea for about 3 years now. I am about 85% pleased with my new skin regiment which I have been doing for about 8 months. Skin does look clearer and is about 75% less red. Nothing really helps my nose or chin though. am still looking for new products, am going to look into Replenix CF and power of 3 that I read about on a dermatology blog, and have recently ordered from Sephora a product from Dermdoctor called calm, cool and collected. Will try that when my $100 bottle of Revaleskin runs out! Hope this gives everyone some ideas.

    • an says:

      Hi Beth,

      I see that you are using some of the epionce products, I am interested in these but they are pricey and want to make sure that they work. Can I ask why you are not using one of their moisturisers?

      Thanks

      An

  39. anne says:

    Hi, wow, Im surprised people paying $180 for Finacea. I got it for free in Spain after a visit to the dermatologist. They have a subsidized health system. The doctor told me to use it only for breakouts , as soon as I get a spot, I apply it and bang, it kills it. Other times i just use rozec to keep redness down. This acid is quite strong and my skin is very itchy right after i apply ti but it works. My rosacea definitely gets worse the week and a half before my period starts and no amount of finacea or rozec keeps it at bay, however after my period finishes, my skin is smooth and clear with the help of these two creams for about two weeks.

  40. Katie1 says:

    I used Metrogel for many years and only noticed it improved the acne. It never made much of a difference with the redness, and there were rude people from time to time who would comment on my red face. I couldn’t do anything about it except try and cover it with makeup. Last summer, a new dermatologist gave me samples for Finacea and told me I would see maximum improvement from it after 16 weeks. After only two weeks I could already see at least a 50% reduction in redness. Now, I have probably 75% overall improvement in redness after about six months of use. This has been a wonder drug for me and I’ve touted its effectiveness for anyone who would listen. As others have mentioned, it is very expensive in the U.S. I pay half the cost through my insurance and that runs me $85 a tube. A tube lasts me close to three months. I’ve also been experimenting with cleansers and moisturizers. Cetaphyl was not strong enough to remove makeup, so I finally found Neutrogena Naturals, and it has been a very good, gentle, cleansing product that doesn’t increase redness. Then, for moisturizers, I either use Neutrogena or Olay products with sunscreen. Both are just as good for me as the more expensive moisturizers. Thank you for setting up this website. Wish I had known about it earlier, since Finacea has been on the market for several years and I never knew about it until last summer. By the way, always go to a dermatologist not a regular general practitioner. My G.P. never knew much about my condition.

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