Chemically, clindamycin is a semisynthetic antibiotic produced from its parent compound lincomycin. When used orally, clindamycin treats bacterial infections as well as infections of female reproductive organs and internal organs. For the treatment of acne, clindamycin can be taken orally, but it is more commonly applied topically to treat mild to severe acne.
How Does Clindamycin Work?
Clindamycin works by slowly stopping the growth of bacteria which contribute to the clogging of pores that lead to outbreaks. When treating acne, clindamycin works well when used in conjunction with benzoyl peroxide or retinoids like adapalene. Clindamycin does not exfoliate, so it might not unclog pores like BHAs (beta hydroxy acid) and AHS (alpha hydroxy acid) can.
Clindamycin has anti-inflammatory benefits and works to keep skin radiant and fresh. Regular and consistent use of clindamycin should produce results in four to six weeks.
How Can I Get Clindamycin?
Products containing clindamycin are available by prescription and may be covered by insurance.
Are There Any Precautions?
Clindamycin can interact with other medications, especially other antibiotics or antibacterial medications. It is best to consult your doctor before taking clindamycin to make sure it won't interfere with your medications. Those suffering from asthma, allergies, eczema, or kidney and liver disease are cautioned to seek their physician's advice before using clindamycin.
Are There Any Side Effects?
- Minor peeling
Clindamycin may sting when the product is first applied, although most users tolerate it well. Uncommon side effects like painful burning cracking skin or severe redness should be reported.
Rare side effects include severe headache, diarrhea, stomach cramps, or bloody stool.
What Else Should You Know About Clindamycin?
Be consistent with the application of clindamycin and try to apply it at the same time every day. If you miss an application, use the medication as soon as you remember
Don't just spot treat if you have a breakout on your chin, treat your whole face. If the breakout is on your chest, treat the entire area.
Because of the alcohol in topical gel or creams, It is recommended to wait 30 minutes after shaving or washing to allow the skin time to calm before applying clindamycin. This should help with irritation and reduce reactions.
Clindamycin is flammable, so keep it away from an open flame or use while smoking.
For adults and children 12 and up, using once a day is recommended. Clindamycin is not recommended for children under 12, although your doctor may determine otherwise.
Can Clindamycin Help With Acne Scarring?
Unfortunately, clindamycin is an antibacterial antibiotic and although it can help reduce instances of acne, it probably won't help with scarring. Consult your dermatologist for the best advice regarding acne scarring and how you can treat it.
Is It OK for My Preteen to Use My Clindamycin Gel?
As with all medications and especially considering clindamycin is a prescription medication, sharing it with others is not advised. Considering that the medication is prescribed specifically for you and your condition, it may not be appropriate for someone else to use and can cause undue harm. It is best to consult with a physician or dermatologist for the best advice to treat your preteen's acne.
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