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Azelaic acid cream is a prescription skin drug that is approved in the treatment of acne. Typically, the medication is applied to the affected areas twice daily. Before using this product, tell your healthcare provider if you have any allergies or if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Side effects may include stinging, itching, and burning.

What Is Azelaic Acid Cream?

Azelaic acid cream (Azelex®) is a prescription acne medication. It comes as a cream that is applied to the skin twice daily.
(Click What Is Azelaic Acid Cream Used For? for more information on this topic, including possible off-label uses.)

Are There Side Effects?

Just like any medicine, azelaic acid cream can cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses the drug will experience problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well.
If reactions do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Common side effects seen with azelaic acid cream may include but are not limited to:
  • Itching
  • Burning
  • Stinging
  • Tingling.
(Click Side Effects of Azelaic Acid Cream to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
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