Azelaic acid is a naturally-occurring acid that helps skin renew itself. It reduces acne and kills the bacteria that causes acne and rosacea.
Wash hands and affected area and pat dry before application. Azelaic acid is usually applied twice a day. Do not cover area after application. It may take 4 weeks or more for symptoms to improve. Inform your doctor if symptoms don’t improve after 12 weeks.
Don’t use azelaic acid if you are allergic to it or propylene glycol. If you are sun/windburned or have chapped, broken, or irritated skin, wait until these conditions heal before using azelaic acid. Avoid contact with eyes/nose/mouth/rectum/vagina. Inform doctor if you become pregnant or breast-feed. Avoid using other medications on affected area without doctor’s approval. Avoid using harsh skin products that may cause irritation.
Inform your doctor if you experience excessive dryness, irritation, and burning. Get emergency help and inform your doctor at once if you experience a serious effect such as: a suspected allergic reaction, severe burning, severe itching or tingling, severe redness, dryness, or peeling, or changes in skin color. Less serious effects are more likely.