About Lymecycline and Azelaic Acid Gel
Lymecycline should be taken with water every morning.
Apply Azelaic Acid gel (generic Finacea) twice daily to a clean and dry affected area (in the morning and the evening). Azelaic Acid must be used on a regular basis, so make sure you do so throughout your treatment.
Lymecycline functions as an antibiotic, eradicating the bacteria that cause acne and treating the underlying cause of the condition.
Azelaic Acid is a chemical exfoliator that dissolves oil blockages in pores, which serve as a food source for the bacteria that cause acne. This reduces the formation of blackheads and the amount of oil in the sebaceous glands, as well as inflammation and healing of the skin.
The combination package of Lymecycline and Azelaic Acid is likely to be more effective for those suffering from mild to moderate acne with pustules (small red, white-tipped bumps).
Azelaic Acid gel is gentler on the skin than some topical acne treatments, making it ideal for those with sensitive skin.
Some people experience nausea, tummy pain, diarrhoea, and headaches when taking Lymecycline.
Azelaic Acid gel may cause a mild burning sensation, redness, dryness, and skin peeling in the affected area.
See the patient information leaflets for Lymecycline and Azelaic Acid gel for more information on side effects and proper use.
While pregnant or breastfeeding, do not use Lymecycline or apply Azelaic Acid gel.
When you go through this consultation, it is critical that you tell your clinician if you are taking any other medications, as Lymecycline may interfere with the effectiveness of other treatments.
It’s also a good idea to avoid using other topical acne treatments or cosmetics while using Azelaic Acid gel, especially if they contain a lot of alcohol.
Some people treat their acne with a topical gel or cream alone, and some women with hormonal acne may be prescribed the contraceptive pill Co-cyprindiol (a common branded version being Dianette or Clairette).