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A 33-year-old female asked:

How long do i need to leave clindamycin gel on my face (for mild acne)? can i wash it off after 15 minutes, for example, before applying makeup?

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Tsu-Yi Chuang
Dermatology 52 years experience
Don't wash it off: If not too much trouble, put make up over 'dry' clindamycin.
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Dr. Jerome Litt
Dermatology 73 years experience
CLINDAMYCIN ON FACE: I TELL MY PATIENTS TO APPLY AT BEDTIME AND WASH OFF IN THE MORNING.
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Dr. Louise Andrew
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Yes, the longer you leave it on the more gets in and the deeper it gets. You want it down there in the follicles where the bacteria that cause acne hide. If you wipe it off quickly you might not get that.
Jul 2, 2015
Last updated Jan 3, 2021

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