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What is azelaic acid cream?

Azelaic acid, the active ingredient in the prescription drug Azelex, treats the skin conditions acne and rosacea. Azelaic acid is an acid that occurs naturally in the skin. It kills bacteria on the skin and in pores and reduces inflammation; it also aids in skin renewal, reducing the formation of pimples and blackheads. Azelaic acid cream should be applied after washing your face, usually twice a day. You should only use as much as your doctor prescribes. You should avoid getting the azelaic acid cream in your eyes and mouth. It may take several weeks to see results with azelaic acid cream, so keep using it as your doctor prescribes.

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