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Azelaic Acid

Azelaic acid is a topical agent applied as a cream for the treatment of various skin issues. Azelaic acid can be applied as a cream, gel, or foam depending on what is best for your condition. Your doctor and compounding pharmacist will work together to provide an optimum treatment. This is an acne treatment in cream form. Azelaic acid works to destroy bacteria that infect pores as well as reduces keratin production within the body that is often responsible for the development of acne in certain individuals. For the treatment of rosacea, azelaic acid is best delivered as a gel or foam and works to reduce swelling and lesions that often develop along with the typical flushing.

How to Use Azelaic Acid

Use azelaic acid as directed by your physician. As azelaic acid can be administered as a gel, foam, or cream, it is best to discuss this with your physician and compounding pharmacist. Azelaic acid is typically applied twice daily, morning and evening. Always wash hands thoroughly before and after using azelaic acid in any form.

Possible Side Effects

Side effects are possible. Some users could experience irritation, redness, burning and/or stinging which might go away after treatment continues, but if side effects persist or seem to be worsening then it is important that you contact your physician. If you experience any other side effects that are concerning to you then it is recommended that you contact your physician or seek medical treatment if you feel it is a medical emergency. Severe Allergic Reaction: While you may possibly have no allergic reaction to azelaic acid at all, severe allergic reactions do occur. Seek immediate medical attention if you experience any of the following:

  • Trouble Breathing
  • Difficulty Swallowing
  • Swelling
  • Hives
  • Hoarseness
  • Rash


Do not take azelaic acid if you have any of the following issues:

  • Asthma
  • Skin Irritation
  • Decreased Pigmentation

If you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy you should consult with your physician before beginning use of azelaic acid. Azelaic acid can pass into breast milk; do not use azelaic acid if you are breast feeding. It is recommended that you avoid alcohol and spicy foods while taking azelaic acid.

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