What is Azelaic Acid Gel?
Azelaic Acid Gel has proven itself in the effective treatment of skin conditions such as acne and rosacea. It is able to accomplish this because it is a strong antibacterial, which makes it able to destroy the bacteria that are responsible for these conditions. It is very effective in the treatment of mild to moderate acne.
Azelaic acid gel is generally subtle; however there are some irritations that may occur with people who use it. If individuals suffer from skin conditions such as eczema and sensitive skin then the gel can become irritating.
How to Use Azelaic Acid Gel?
To get the right results azelaic acid gel should be used twice a day.
When using the gel you need to ensure that the affected area is cleaned properly.
An ample amount of azelaic acid gel should be applied to the affected area and massaged gently into the skin.
Once the task has been finished, then you should wash your hands properly.
You should not use more than what was indicated as this will not speed the process up. What will happen is the side effects may increase.
Avoid contact with your eyes or inside the mouth or nose. If it gets on any of these areas, make sure that you wash it out with a lot of water.
Do not apply any dressing such as a bandage to the affected area, unless told so by a doctor.
Azelaic Acid Gel Side Effects
Azelaic Acid Gel is not a very harsh substance, however people use it may experience tingling, itching, drying, redness and stinging of the skin. There is also the possibility that excess facial hair growth may occur. People who have dark skin may notice some amount of lightening. If you experience any of these conditions and they worsen, then you should consult a doctor immediately.
Allergic reactions may occur if you use the azelaic acid gel. The symptoms may be persistent itching, rashes, swelling and dizziness. If any of these occur, then you should consult a doctor immediately.
Like any type of medication or drug there are usually some amount of side effects that are associated with them. In using azelaic acid no serious side effects should occur. Typical azelaic acid side effects are listed below.
Side effects other than those listed above may also occur. You should speak with your doctor if you notice any side effects that that seem unusual. If you have dark skin and there is a change in the color because of the use of azelaic acid, then you should speak with your doctor.
Serious side effects are not likely to occur. However if you experience adverse reactions such as closing of the throat, shortness of breath, hives, swelling of face, lips and tongue then you should stop using the product immediately and go and seek medical attention.
Azelaic Acid Precautions
Azelaic acid topical should be used as directed by the instructions and your doctor. If you do not understand these directions you should ask your doctor to explain them to you.
Wash your hands thoroughly before and after you apply this medication.
Clean the affected area with a mild soap or a soapless cleansing lotion and pat dry with a soft towel. Apply the medication as directed.
Azelaic acid topical is usually applied twice daily, in the morning and at bedtime. Follow your doctor’s instructions.
When applying azelaic acid topical, avoid the eyes, the inside of the nose and mouth, the lips, and areas where the skin is broken to prevent excessive irritation. If you get medication on any of these areas, rinse it off with water.
Do not cover the affected area after applying azelaic acid. Doing so could cause too much medicine to be absorbed by the body and could be harmful.
If you notice a change in your skin color, contact your doctor.
It may take 4 weeks or more to see the effects of this drug. Do not stop using azelaic acid topical if you do not see results immediately.
If you experience excessive burning, dryness, or irritation, ask your doctor about using azelaic acid once daily.
Store azelaic acid topical at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
Who Should Not Use Azelaic Acid Topical?
Individuals should not use azelaic acid topical if their skin is windburned, sunburned , dry, chapped, or irritated skin. The use of the product could make it worse.
If the person has eczema or some type of cut or wound then they should not use azelaic acid. These should be healed before use of the product.
Patients with dark complexions might have some adverse effects in using azelaic acid. There is the possibility of hypopigmentation occurring and this people should be monitored if they use azelaic acid.
It is not known if azelaic acid is safe to be used by pregnant women. The FDA states that it should not cause any harm, however you should speak with your doctor before use if pregnant, or plan to get pregnant.
It is not known whether azelaic acid topical passes into breast milk. You should not use azelaic acid topical without speaking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby