Update: My skin has not changed that dramatically since last update. Mostly clear with a few small blemishes.
My skin has stayed quite clear and soft to touch, however last month I experienced two of the largest pimples I have ever had in my life - one on each cheek. They were so big and deep I was worried - maybe still be part of the purging process? I had never had acne like this - the size of a 10c coin (underneath my skin) They did, however clear within a couple of days - not weeks, like anything similiar would of taken to clear, previous tothe use of Finacea, though I was left with a tiny scar on one cheek that is also - slowly- fading.
Something to be aware of with this product if your are new, is that you may experience a very scary, large pimple like I did! It did clear surpisingly fast, though some may not want to take the risk of this. And so far I am left with a very small feint scar - it has been approx 3-4 weeks.
I am definately not pimple free and/or clear skinned, though there is good improvement. I would decribe my results as somewhere between the results I had with contraceptive pill Diane 35ed (which probably helped my skin the most - making me practically 'normal) and the results I had with Monomycin-Tetracyline (some good results but not amazing). Finacea is somewhere in between in the results I am experiencing. However, the softness of my skin is totally new to me - I love washing my face in the shower!
I usually buy Finacea online for around $25 - $30 with delivery and have just finished my second tube. Today I went instore to purchase and the staff told me they didn't sell it and it was only an online product! However, I did find a product they sold in store that is called Azclear Medicated Cream - it was only $7.99 - for a 25gm tube from Chemist Warehouse. I have not used this before, but have just been doing some research online about it and found one article that states that the cream as compared to the gel is not as readily absorbed into the skin. It is a higher percentage of Azelaic Acid at 20% compared to Finacea 15%. I did not want to change brands, but as the price was so much cheaper, I bought 2 tubes and will see how it goes.
It is so frustrating to not just have clear skin!!
Also I can confirm that Fish Oil tablets or Krill Oil do clear up the skin. I have been lazy and not taken them for a while, but I did notice a difference after about a week. Breakouts were not as bad. I would definately recommend.
Although Finacea has not been as dramatic as I was imagining, it has definately helped and kept my skin manageable. I would love to reccommend this, it is a gentler alternative to Benzoyl Peroxide in my opinion, and seems to strengthen my skin. Also, for me it is a better option than taking oral medication. The only thing that I would say is a negative and to be mindful of, is that it also seems to cause pimples that you may never have otherwise had. At this point I am happy enough with results to continue - although using Azclear at moment!