Unlisted Brand • Finacea Gel • Treatments
|Would buy this product again.||78%|
Age: 36-43 Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine Eyes: Brown
I have rosacea - broken capillaries, flushed looking skin no matter what, and the occasional breakout. Obviously none of this is life-threatening, but it was causing me to spend A LOT of time and money trying to find a foundation, concealer, or group of products that could cover it all up. Until Finacea came into my life.
Yes you need a dermatologist to prescribe it, but if you are suffering from any of the above conditions but haven't given them a name, you may want to ask for Finacea. It took the redness out of my face in less than a week. I no longer have cheeks and chin that feel like they're on fire. The breakouts are now the once-a-month variety. I also notice I can use other products, like sunscreen and moisturizer without feeling like I've got acid on my face. I'm thrilled!
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Olive, Warm Hair: Black, Straight, Medium Eyes: Brown
I really like this product.My dermatologist prescribed this for my acne and hyperpigmentation (dark spots). After a week of using this product, my skin was soft and smooth and my complexion looked more even for some reason. I have been using it for about 3.5 months now and my skin feels really nice after this. I don't know if this is causing it, but my t-zone is oilier than ever! I'll probably update as soon as I stop this and check to see if this is really the problem.This is really expensive for me. It costs $45 for this tube with my insurance. My derm. gave me a $10 off coupon, but I still think it's expensive. My hyperpigmentation has lightened a little bit, but I'm not very patient and ask my derm. to prescribe hydroquinone 4% and microdermabrasion once a month.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Cool Hair: Blond, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Green
I have a combination of adult acne and rosacea. I've tried countless products over the years and my doctor recommended this to try.
At first, it really made such a difference in my skin. My skin was smoother and clearer, it was amazing. I was so happy with it!
After a few weeks went by, it almost started having a reverse reaction. My skin was very oily (it naturally really isn't excessively oily) and my acne was making a comeback. It's very harsh on skin and my skin is sensitive. I also noticed the redness returning as well.
While my skin doesn't look worse than it did before, this is very disappointing. My skin seems to be overcompensating for the harshness. I do use a sunscreen that the doctor also gave me to use along with it and that typically calms my skin down some.
While I still have hope for this product, I may not repurchase when the tube runs out..which will be a while. You do get a lot but the tube is easily misshapen and unable to go back to it's normal shape. Which in time will make it nearly impossible to get the cream out.
I will continue using coco butter lotion to try to balance out my skin.
I'd recommend to people with tough skin for sure.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
I have Rosacea, and my skin is oily/sensitive. I got this from my derm about a month ago for part of my Rosacea treatment. I didn't really see the result until about a week ago. I find it is more effective if you apply it after you wash your face, and before you put on your moisturizer. I just started doing it, and at the same result I see the result coming. The redness is going away, and my face doesn't flush after I get out of shower in the morning. A little goes along the way, so don't apply a lot of it to your face.............I'm so glad that it is working for me. I almost give it up at first as I didn't see any result, I'm glad that I didn't. For anyone else using it, I hope it works for you, and you need to give it sometime to see the real result.............GOOD LUCK! Update 11/13/11: I've stopped using it after two months as not only it stops working for me, and also making my rosacea worst. I m trying to treat my rosacea naturally now and I sure hope my face/skin will go back to normal after the damage I got from using this gel.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Very Dry, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Brown, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Hazel
I have to say this product has been a lifesaver for my skin...I don't know what was going on with my skin prior...but it just seemed like I always had small clogged pores no matter how much I struggled to keep my skin exfoliated and makeup removed. It seemed to gradually get worse over time...
My derm recommended this cream. I read the instructions and it said it was for people with rosacea....did I have that? So strange...Yes my skin can be red at times, but I thought that was normal?
So I used it and immediately I noticed the red spots gradually became less noticeable and the clogged pores seemed to beg me to remove them..haha
However, I only use this product every other night, since I like to self tan so I alternate this with self tanner. Its not a moisturizer as my skin still gets pretty dry at times.
But overall, this is a HG product and I will continue to use. I definitely notice my skin seems to clog up again after a few days of not using this.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Acne-prone Hair: Brown Eyes: Blue
This is a review for Finacea's effect on acne.
I wish I had better news to report. I went to see the derm when I decided to get pregnant-- because I knew I had to get off Tazorac. I know I can't blame everything on Finacea, because I also stopped taking the BCP. I got pregnant very quickly and have been on Finacea for just under a year... and my skin is terrible. The worst it has ever been in my life. My T-zone is clear but what would be my beard area if I were a man is covered in pimples, in every stage. Deep, cystic zits, little zits, inflamed zits, scars... it's horrible. Painful and ugly.
I'm also applying Clindamycin daily.
So... maybe things would be worse without the Finacea and the Clindamycin... but they're really really really bad right now.
Being pregnant, my options are limited... so I'm pretty much stuck for now.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
Oh Finacea, how I love you. A staple of my skincare routine, Finacea gave me immediate, fantastic results. Three months ago my derm gave me a prescription of this and it has been the best Rx I have ever been on. I use it every morning and on alternate nights with my Retin-A Micro. I've noticed dramatic difference in my complexion and skintone. I flush very easily and have a red undertone to my skin, but Finacea transformed my skin back to my normal complexion and took care of the pesky blackheads and clogged pores on my nose that the Retin-A couldn't rid me of.
Probably the most notable difference is the effect Finacea has on acne scars. I must admit, I am a picker. I know......I know, "don't pick at your face". Oh well, I can't help it. Finacea helped clear me of the red spots I have on my cheek exponentially. It usually takes 4-5 months for the scars to disappear with just the Retin-A, but Finacea gave me my clear, milky skin back in just a little over 2 months.
Only side-effect is some mild drying. Didn't experience the itching some MUA reviewers stated, but everyone's different.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Warm Hair: Brown, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Green
Me: 24, sensitive combination skin.
The product: $32 or so, including shipping, from epharmacy.com.au - Finacea is Rx only in America, but OTC in Australia. I had no problems with customs. Although this is supposedly a "gel", it is actually an emulsion...the first time I used it I was quite surprised to see a cream when I thought I was getting a gel! However, it is not even REMOTELY moisturizing, so don't worry about the creamier base buffering the azelaic acid.
My experience: First off, my main problems have always been facial redness (the classic splash across the cheeks and nose, as well as a smudge of it on my chin to top it all off) and blackheads on my nose and chin as well as a random clog here and there elsewhere on my face. I have never been diagnosed with rosacea or SD - it is possible I have one or both, but I have no insurance, so I've never seen a doctor about my face. I bought Finacea because I was hoping it could treat both those issues, based on the reviews I saw on MUA.
This can be very irritating at first, which I suspect is why it is Rx in the US. It can be very difficult to tell if the irritation is normal or not. The first week I applied it, it itched for a few minutes and increased my redness/flakiness, but it wasn't anything I couldn't bear. The second week, it was actually WORSE. But then the worst was over and my skin adjusted to it, and now I do not feel any itchiness at all after I apply it, only dryness...and that goes away after I apply moisturizer.
I use Finacea once daily, although the insert recommends using it twice. I can't imagine even trying to use it twice, as I imagine that would really dry out my skin. As it is, my skin is EXTREMELY dry after I first apply it. I cleanse my face, squeeze out a pea-sized amount (the metal tube the Australian version comes in can be very finicky - be very careful how much pressure you apply! If it's at least half full, a very light squeeze on the end is all you need to get a pea's worth of Finacea), dot it across my face, and then rub in. I give it 20 (rather uncomfortable) minutes because I don't want to disrupt its pH level by applying any products immediately after it.
Now, on to what Finacea has done for me. More than anything else, I wanted it to reduce my redness...clog reduction was just a bonus. It really has not done all that much to tone down the erythema. I am less red than when I started (in late December 2010) but not as much as I had hoped, and I am not sure if it's the Finacea or other changes in my skincare routine/diet. But I'm going to give it 5 lippies, because it has absolutely revolutionized my facial texture/clearness. My clogged pores are almost GONE. My nose blackheads are totally gone, there's not a single hard sebum plug anywhere on my face, the little white bumps I'd get on either side of my chin (those ones that aren't very noticeable, but when you squeeze them, they're full of an incredibly long ribbon of goop!) are nowhere to be found - and I can use products I never would have dreamed of trying before Finacea without fearing that they'll clog me up, because they DON'T! I even think it has helped to reduce those pesky seborrheic filaments.
I really, really wish that I could be redness-free, but I certainly can't complain about what Finacea has done for my skin...it's definitely going to be in my routine for as long as I can purchase it.
If you like to use your products up to the very last dab, do yourself a favor and cut the tube in half once you think it's empty. I did this and found 3 more weeks worth of product stuck in the wrinkles of the metal insides, as well as pooled up at the top.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
I have fair, somewhat sensitive skin, probably mild rosacea (flushing is a problem for me) along with acne and a tendency towards perioral dermatitis. Former religious Retin-a Micro user (got pretty good results, just took a break and have been dreading getting re-acclimated). I decided to give azalaic acid a try because I'd heard such good things about it on scboard over the years.
Oh. My. God. This stuff is amazing. I initially went with the
Aziderm/Azelex from ADC but have switched to Finacea from Australia. The first night I applied it, it itched like fire ants on my face and I wanted to claw my skin off. I powered through and went to bed...and work up with pale, even-toned skin. I had a patch of rough skin on my forehead that I had been trying to figure out (wasn't responding to manual or chemical exfoliation) and the patch was significantly smoother and smaller. I can't recall ever using a product that has such an immediate effect- I thought I was crazy but my skin really did look much better after 1 use. I kept using and after a few days the itching on application stopped (sometimes I still get it if my skin is really wet when I apply or irritated in general) and that rough patch ended up clearing up completely in about 2 weeks.
I like the texture of the Finacea better than the Azelex- Azelex was a little stickier and harder to spread, and the Finacea has a lighter, more gel-like texture. I don't get a white cast or powdery finish at all with either.
As others have mentioned, price is a downside. Ordering through Australia is much more affordable though. Definitely will continue to use and will repurchase.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
Effective on perioral dermatitis. Finacea was prescribed for an outbreak of perioral dermatitis after an unsuccessful treatment with MetroGel. The redness and postules that had been present for almost six months around my nose mouth and chin, were noticeably reduced by the end of the first week of using the product twice a day. It is now almost five weeks later and the POD is pretty much all gone except for a slight small spot of flush on the chin.
Also effective on acne scars which had shown no sign of ever disappearing -- mostly gone now.
EXPENSIVE. Ridiculously so. For anyone looking for a more affordable price on this product you might want to try online Australian pharmacies. Finacea is not a prescription medicine in Australia and it is available for about $25 dollars. The drawback is that it takes about 2 to 3 weeks for delivery to the US.
As others have mentioned, this product does make the skin itch for the first 20 or so minutes after applying. This can be minimized if you wait about half hour after washing your face before you apply the cream.
It's also important to use a pretty small amount of the cream, apply a sheer layer on the affected area and lightly rub it in. Too much and your skin will itch/burn more than it should. The excess cream will also dry out to a dry, white chalky film.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Neutral Hair: Red, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Green
First off, this is IMHO more of a cream than a gel and what I purchased was the gel form. I am somewhat unsure as to how to rate this.. it did after the first use calm my redness and my skin was nice and fair again but after a few days I broke out in horrible cysts in odd places (eyebrow area? and my cheeks) It's taken a few weeks to clear and I have since found another product that takes care of my redness much better. I have Seborrheic Dermatitis, and Ketoconazole cream 1x a day has pretty much cured it. As for the finacea, I did have a burning sensation for quite a length of time after the initial use but after the first time I never noticed this again.. even when applied immediately after washing my face. Just me I suppose. One thing I found really odd about this product is that it causes hair growth.. not that you'll end up with a beard but the 'fuzz' on your face does get a bit longer. Also your eyebrows which for me was a nice thing. I did not like the powdery finish left on my face at all. Some people with really bad redness may like this effect to tone it down but I hated it. All in all, I think a good product to try but this wasn't for me. I have found very few people had the pimple reaction (cystic or otherwise) that I did so don't let that discourage you from giving it a go! Also keep in mind this is derived from wheat so if you have a wheat allergy this is a concern and any bad reaction with redness or swelling may indicate you are allergic wheat allergy or not. this should not cause burned skin (only the sensation) or swelling! proceed with caution.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Dark, Warm Hair: Black, Kinky, Coarse Eyes: Brown
Initially my dermatologist advised that this product could take 4 wks before I would notice a difference. I noticed a difference in my skin in 2! This is a great product but my only complaint is that once I put it on my skin it made my skin itch horribly. I was, however, warned that this was a possible side effect. Other than that, this has helped a lot & I'll continue to use!
Age: 44-55 Skin: Normal Hair: Red Eyes: Blue
I am mid-forties, strawberry blonde, and have had rosacea for about 10 years. I have had some limited success with metrogel and a dermatologist-created "mystery cream" (her own concoction; who knows what was in it!) but as I got more into my forties, my face suddenly got worse. My new doctor prescribed Finacea at night and metrogel in the morning. The results are great! Not perfect -- I still flush easily under stress -- but really very good. The bumps on my cheeks are almost gone and my face is very smooth. It took about 6 weeks to adjust to the Finacea -- felt like crawly firebugs on my face. But it's really helped. I wash with Purpose cleanser and use Purpose moisturizer with sunscreen. I look much better! Thanks, Finacea!
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Neutral Hair: Brown, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Hazel
My dermatologist prescribed this for my hormonal acne, and because it is relatively safe in case I get pregnant. Right away it brought a blind pimple to the surface, and then it dried up. All of the red marks I had from recent pimples went away quickly, which was really nice. I think that it may be softening up some indented scars I have from really old acne, but I can't be too sure yet... I'll update if they continue to get better. All in all, I am very pleased because it is keeping acne at bay, which is what I expected it to do. Oh, but I do hate the packaging - don't grip the tube with any pressure whatsoever when the cap is closed, or you might just lose a good portion of the product when you open it up!
Update 4/30/2013 - I'm changing my rating to 4 because it can be very irritating and drying.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Very Oily, Olive, Warm Hair: Black, Straight, Fine Eyes: Black
It itches a little when you first use it but it does work so I really recommend that you stick with it. It's not perfect but it is effective for the most part and I would definitely purchase it again.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
I was prescribed this for perioral dermatitis. It works wonderfully. It will not work right away and the doctor said I will need it for months, but it really works. Also, it made it worse before it started to get better. A plus was it is fading some PIH on my chin. I wish it came in a pump b/c product does spill out of tube when you open sometimes. My insurance covered some of it so it was $60 for me.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Acne-prone, Olive, Warm Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Hazel
This has been one of my skincare staples for about 14 years, along with Retin A at first, then Differin.
At 52, I am still very oily, especially in the t-zone and more so in the last few months due, I presume, to hormonal upheavals and hot, humid weather. I've always been acne prone, although I have been successful in controlling it in my younger days with a combination of BCP, BP, AHA and antibiotics. In my thirties I gave up BCP due to melasma and relied on BP and a few courses of antibiotics. About 14 years ago I saw Retin A on the shelves of a local chemist [I was living in Ukraine at the time] and decided to try it, mainly for anti-aging and melasma. I had virtually no purging and only a little flaking around my nose and mouth during extreme winter temperatures, with a visible rejuvenating effect after several months, but no effect on the melasma and I still needed to supplement it in the morning with BP on my chin and nose.
Then, when there was a temporary supply problem with the Retin A, a chemist suggested Skinoren cream. In a fortnight my skintone was much fresher, the melasma lighter, my pores more refined and I dispensed with the BP. I did find the cream a little heavy, but the gel [virtually an identical formula to Finacea, as far as I can tell] soon became available and with Skinoren + sunscreen in the morning, a retinoid at night, a topical antibiotic on my chin in hot and humid weather, I thought that my acne issues had become a thing of the past, apart from the occasional hormonal or cosmetic outbreak. For several years now, apart from my chin, I have been able to keep clear even by diluting the Skinoren 50/ 50 with a moisturiser. The melasma on my forehead, cheeks and nose has completely gone, while the melasma on the sides of my face is much fainter and virtually disappears, too, during the Russian winter.
However, during the incredibly cold winter this year, I diluted my actives more than normal with a moisturiser which at first seemed like magic, but eventually proved too rich [Korres Yogourt Cream]. I also changed a foaming cleanser to the Avene Cold Cream cleansing gel, which seemed to take everything off and rinse clean away. Disaster!!!! Clog city!!! The freezing winter turned, almost overnight, into a hot and humid May and I have been experiencing problems almost as bad as in my teens.
As all of the French ranges are available here in Moscow, I have been experimenting, using Skinoren as a mask, as one MUER has suggested on his notepad, and Effaclar Duo during the day, under sunscreen. I hoped that the salicylic acid would unclog my pores and that the niacinamide would help with my pigmentation and have an antibacterial action. I also wanted to reduce my dependence on what are px's in the UK - I'm not sure I want to spend yet another winter here! The niacinamide, under a high PPD sunscreen, is preventing my melasma from slightly darkening, as it usually does during the summer months, and is very soothing, but is nowhere near as effective at controlling outbreaks on my chin as Skinoren.
So, I'm back to using a foaming cleanser, Skinoren full strength on my chin and nose during the day, Effaclar Duo on the rest of my face, with Differin at night and a topical antibiotic to calm things while the unclogging process goes on. Already, after a week, I can see an improvement. It seems that Skinoren and I will be friends for a while longer and on return to the Uk I will be getting Finacea from online sources. It's only about £14 here, so I'll stock up well before I leave.
My experiences with Skinoren have been very positive - I only get slight tingling just occasionally and, even after all these years, no increase in facial hair - in fact, my Slavic eyebrows need less plucking as the years go by. BUT, although I do have allergies, or sensitivities to some things, my skin is VERY resilient to, and NEEDS, lots of exfoliation or it very quickly becomes very clogged. I hope that anyone reading this will have as positive an experience as I have had.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Very Oily, Fair, Neutral Hair: Brown, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Green
My God. A new dermatologist gave me this as a 'safe' option in case I became pregnant. One day (not pregnant) I became sick of my irritated, red face and applied this instead of my usual topicals. The next morning, I was very pleased to see the redness in my face had been greatly reduced! It was much more oily but I could take that in exchange for my once-fair skin back. After a few days of use, however, I began noticing my face was extremely bumpy to the touch when I would wash it. You couldnt see the bumps, though, so I continued to apply the finacea. However, the bumps multiplied ALL OVER my face, but still underneath. As they began to come to the surface, I realized the finacea was causing everything. After two weeks, I quit the finacea and had to deal with 'plug's it created for the next two months. It was the worst thing that had EVER happened to my face before. I usually had a max of 5 pimples or bumps on my face at a time, and as the plugs came to a head i had 50 on each cheek!!!!!! It also made my face sensitive for months afterwards. I am still upset when I think of it now. I learned my lesson and now I test out a new product for days on a patch before ever spreading it all over.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Oily Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
I was prescribed this for my rosacea, and other than slightly drying out my skin and slightly improving the blackheads, it did nothing to improve my enlarged oil glands (sabasceous hyperplasia). In my opinion, it was not worth the large price tag.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Sensitive, Olive Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
I rarely write reviews but I have to for Finacea because I know how frustrated people who suffer from Rosacea feel when trying all the products out there that do not work. I've had Rosacea for about seven years. Looking back, I think it was ignited by when I started taking Yasmin BC, but I can't be certain. Anyway, I had sever red blotchiness, bumps, postules, flushing, and was extremely embarrassed by it. I had perfect skin all my life, no teen acne, no pimples ever, which is why the Rosacea came as such a shock. I tried Differin, Clandymicin, every over the counter and cosmetic counter solution for redness and nothing worked. I stopped short of Oracea because I was scared of the potential side effects. My uncle, who is a dermatologist but not my own, gave me some samples of FInacea that I tried, skeptically. He warned me to be PATIENT. He said Finacea works better than any other product but is SLOW so you have to commit to it for the long haul and you will see results. He was right:
It was drying at first, so I started applying it only at night, rather than twice a day. It stung on application for a few minutes, and the first few weeks I experienced purging, puss coming out of what were previously papules. However, all those bumps on my cheeks and forehead and nose that I'd had for over five solid years, VANISHED. The surface of my skin was smooth and the redness also started to diminish. Rather than large blotches that spread across my face, they started shrinking to small dots.
I've been using Finacea for abut five months now and the difference is remarkable. It has faded my redness so much, and I think in a few more months, it will be back to pre-Rosacea clarity. I have no more bumps, no more postules, no more flushing. The surface of my skin is smooth and it has faded some of the brown spots I had as pimples scars from previous Rosacea flare ups.
I find that when I get dry, using SkinCeuticals calming gel works as a gentle mositurizer. And when I drink too much coffee and get a little red, I use a dot of cortisone cream to take out the redness. I am committed to Rosacea, even though it's expensive. You need to use very, very little because it spreads out and has an easy texture.
Also, the one side effect is that it makes some extra fuzz grow on your face. Nothing troublesome. In fact, I've rather enjoyed that it helped my overplucked eyebrows grow back in, something I'd been hoping for for years!
All in all, this is a fantastic product and I am grateful I didn't need to take the oral antibiotic my dermatologist was pushing. Ask for Finacea and stick with it. It really does work.