This combination medication is prescribed for the treatment of a specific form of acne known as inflammatory acne vulgaris. Clindamycin, an antibiotic, impedes the proliferation of bacteria responsible for acne. Benzoyl peroxide inhibits bacterial growth and regulates skin oil production, thereby assisting in the maintenance of open pores on the skin.
Uses and Dosage
Prior to utilizing this medication, cleanse the affected skin gently using a mild, non-medicated cleanser, followed by rinsing with warm water and patting dry.
Apply a thin layer of the prescribed medication to the affected areas of the skin in accordance with your doctor’s instructions. Exercise caution to avoid contact with the eyes, mouth, inside of the nose, and any areas with broken skin. Wash your hands thoroughly after each application.
Consistent and regular use of this medication is crucial in order to maximize its efficacy. Establish a routine by utilizing it at the same time(s) each day to facilitate adherence.
Under no circumstances should you increase your dosage or employ this drug more frequently or for a longer duration than prescribed. Doing so will not accelerate the improvement of your condition, but rather increase the likelihood of encountering adverse effects.
The reduction in acne may take up to 6 weeks to become noticeable, while the full benefits of the medication may take up to 12 weeks to manifest.
Inform your doctor if your condition fails to improve or worsens despite treatment.
Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention:
- dry skin
- peeling skin
- red skin
Inform your healthcare provider immediately if you experience any serious side effects:
- severe diarrhea
- blood or mucus in the stool
- severe stomach pain or cramps
- changes in your skin or nails that may be signs of infection with a fungus
Prior to initiating the use of this medication, inform your doctor or pharmacist about any known allergies to benzoyl peroxide, clindamycin, lincomycin, or any other substances. Inactive ingredients present in this product may cause allergic reactions or other complications.
Before commencing treatment, disclose your medical history to your doctor or pharmacist, particularly if you have a history of intestinal disorders such as regional enteritis, ulcerative colitis, antibiotic-associated colitis, or C. difficile-associated diarrhea.
This medication may increase your skin’s sensitivity to sunlight. Limit your sun exposure, avoid tanning booths and sunlamps, and ensure the use of sunscreen and protective clothing when outdoors. Inform your doctor promptly if you experience sunburn or notice any skin blisters or redness.
Exercise caution to prevent contact with hair or clothing, as this medication may cause bleaching of hair or colored fabrics.
During pregnancy, this medication should only be used if the benefits clearly outweigh the potential risks. discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
It is unclear whether this particular form of clindamycin and benzoyl peroxide passes into breast milk. If applying this medication to the breast area, avoid using ointment forms. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding for appropriate guidance.
Form and Strength
Benzaclin Gel is available in the following forms and strengths:
Benzaclin Gel gel:
Does Benzaclin Gel help with dark spots?
Benzoyl peroxide can potentially make dark spots look less prominent by shedding dead skin cells.
Does it matter what time of the day I apply this Benzaclin Gel?
You should apply Benzaclin Gel at the same time each day, whether you choose morning or night.