Difference between finacea & azelex

Updated February 21, 2017

Finacea and Avelex are similar drugs that treat the symptoms of acne and rosacea. With proper diagnosis and treatment, individuals suffering from these conditions can take the first step in alleviating their symptoms.


Finacea is a brand name for the topical medication called azelaic acid gel, manufactured by Berlex Laboratories. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, it is used to treat acne and rosacea, a skin disease that causes a bright red rash and pimples on the face. Finacea is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and is available only by prescription.


Azelex is an FDA-approved drug manufactured by Allergan, Inc. It is the brand name for azelaic acid cream, and is also used to treat acne and rosacea. It is available only by prescription. The Azelex website states that the drug combats the two major causes of acne.


Although Azalex and Finacea are very similar drugs, there are some notable differences between the two. Azalex is a cream, while Finacea is a gel, though the basic ingredient of each medicine is the same. Women will be interested to know that according to Dr. Lenore S. Kakita, assistant clinical professor of dermatology, UCLA School of Medicine, Azelex was designed specifically with women in mind. It can be used under moisturisers, sunscreen, and even make-up. If an individual is suffering from acne or rosacea, she should consult a dermatologist to determine the best treatment option for her.

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