Proper Use

Drug information provided by: Merative, Micromedex®

It is very important that you use this medicine only as directed. Do not use more of it, do not use it more often, and do not use it for a longer time than your doctor ordered. To do so may cause your skin to become irritated.

This medicine is for use only on the skin. Do not get it in your eyes, nose, mouth, or vagina. If it does get on these areas, rinse it off with water and check with your doctor right away, especially if you have red, sore eyes.

To help clear up your acne or rosacea completely, it is very important that you keep using this medicine for the full treatment time. Do not miss any doses.

Avoid using alcoholic cleansers, tinctures and astringents, or abrasives and peeling agents with the foam or gel to prevent extra skin irritation.

Avoid eating spicy foods, thermally hot foods and drinks (eg, hot coffee, tea), and alcoholic beverages while you are using the gel.

The foam is flammable. Avoid fire, flame, and smoking when you apply the medicine and right after it is applied.

To use the cream, foam, or gel:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water before and after using this medicine.
  • Before applying, wash the affected area of your skin with water and a mild soap or a cleansing lotion that does not contain soap. Rinse well and pat dry.
  • Shake the foam can well before using.
  • Apply a small amount of the medicine to each affected area and gently rub it in.
  • You may apply cosmetics after the foam or gel has dried.
  • Do not bandage or otherwise wrap the skin being treated unless directed to do so by your doctor.


The dose of this medicine will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.

The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.

  • For topical dosage form (cream):
    • For acne:
      • Adults and children 12 years of age and older—Apply a thin layer to the affected area(s) two times a day, in the morning and evening.
      • Children younger than 12 years—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
  • For topical dosage forms (foam, gel):
    • For mild to moderate rosacea:
      • Adults—Apply a thin layer to the affected area(s) two times a day, in the morning and evening.
      • Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose of this medicine, apply it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule.


Keep out of the reach of children.

Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.

Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use.

Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.

Do not store the foam can at temperatures above 49 degrees C (120 degrees F). Do not poke holes in the can or throw it into a fire, even if the can is empty. Throw away any unused medicine 8 weeks after using it for the first time.