Cleocin Gel (Clindamycin Phosphate) Customer Reviews

Cleocin Gel

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Topical clindamycin is employed for the treatment of acne. This medication belongs to the class of drugs known as lincomycin antibiotics. Its mechanism of action involves slowing or halting the growth of bacteria responsible for causing acne, while also reducing swelling associated with the condition.

Uses and Dosage

Topical clindamycin is available in various forms, including foam, gel, solution, lotion, and pledget (swab), designed for application to the skin. The recommended frequency of application depends on the specific formulation. Generally, the foam and one brand of the gel (Clindagel®) are applied once a day, while the solution, lotion, pledgets, and most gel brands are applied twice a day.

Apply topical clindamycin consistently at approximately the same time(s) every day. Adhere to the prescribed usage, avoiding excess application or more frequent use than directed by your doctor.

Topical clindamycin is exclusively intended for skin application. Refrain from ingesting the medication, and avoid contact with the eyes, nose, mouth, or vagina. In case of accidental exposure to these areas or broken skin, promptly rinse with ample cool water.

Your medication will likely come with specific usage instructions; read and adhere to them carefully. If you have any questions about the application of topical clindamycin, consult your doctor or pharmacist.

Before use, shake the lotion thoroughly to ensure even distribution of the medication.

The pledgets are designated for single use. Only open a pledget from its foil pouch when ready to apply, and discard it after one use.

Note that the foam is flammable, so exercise caution around open flames and refrain from smoking during the application of the foam and for a brief period afterward.

Side Effects

Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention:

  • dry or peeling skin
  • itching or burning skin
  • redness of skin
  • oily skin
  • new pimples or blemishes
  • headache

Inform your healthcare provider immediately if you experience any serious side effects:

  • diarrhea
  • watery or bloody stools
  • stomach cramps


  • Before initiating clindamycin, inform your doctor or pharmacist about any allergies you may have, whether to clindamycin, lincomycin, or other substances. The product may contain inactive ingredients that could potentially trigger allergic reactions or other complications.
  • Share your medical history with your doctor or pharmacist before using this medication, particularly if you have chronic asthma or hay fever (atopic conditions), or if you have intestinal diseases such as ulcerative colitis, enteritis, or C. difficile-associated diarrhea.
  • If you are pregnant, notify your doctor before using this medication.
  • It is unclear whether the components of this product pass into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding for personalized guidance.

Form and Strength

Cleocin Gel is available in the following forms and strengths:

  • Cleocin Gel topical gel:
    • 1 %


Can you put Cleocin Gel on your face?

Yes, Cleocin Gel is safe for facial use.

Can I wear makeup with Cleocin Gel?

You may continue to wear makeup while you are using Cleocin Gel for acne. Make sure you allow the medication to completely dry before putting on makeup.



Additional information

Generic name:

Clindamycin Phosphate


Topical Gel



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