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Derm News: 2007.23(7)

Azelaic acid (15% gel) in the treatment of acne rosacea

International Journal of Dermatology, 46(5):533-538
Aditya K. Gupta, Melissa D. Gover
ABSTRACT

In December of 2002, the FDA approved azelaic acid 15% gel for the topical treatment of inflammatory papules and pustules of mild to moderate rosacea. Azelaic acid is a saturated dicarboxylic acid, which is naturally occurring and has been used in the treatment of rosacea, acne, and melasma. The 15% gel has a high efficacy and is generally well tolerated, with the local irritation (burning, stinging, itching, and scaling) being typically mild and transient. Azelaic acid 15% gel is considered effective and safe as a therapy for inflammatory papulo-pustular rosacea and is suitable for use on all skin types.


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