If you have acne, your healthcare provider may prescribe Azelex. This medication is specifically used to treat mild-to-moderate inflammatory acne in adults and children as young as 12 years old. A healthcare provider may also recommend "off-label" (unapproved) uses for Azelex, such as treating rosacea and dark spots caused by hormonal changes.
What Is Azelex Used For?Azelex® (azelaic acid cream) is a prescription medication licensed to treat acne. Specifically, it is approved to treat mild-to-moderate inflammatory acne.
There are two main categories of acne: inflammatory acne and noninflammatory acne. Noninflammatory acne involves just whiteheads and blackheads. Inflammatory acne involves larger, more painful, and redder lumps and bumps. Inflammatory acne is more painful, serious, and obvious than noninflammatory acne.
Azelex is one of many different prescription acne medications currently available. Unlike many other acne medications, Azelex does not bleach fabrics. This can be a major advantage, especially for people who need to treat the back or chest. Also, many people find Azelex to be gentler to the skin than most other acne medications.