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Is it safe to put on sunscreen then put on the acne medication benzaclin (clindamycin and benzoyl peroxide)?
Sunscreen: Typically it is best to apply sunscreen after any and all topical medications. Applying medications over sunscreen can reduce the effectiveness of the sunscreen putting your skin at risk for sun damage. It is perfectly fine to apply medications and then sunscreen as this order will not disrupt the effectiveness of the topical medications. ...Read more
Are these acne treatment medications (benzaclin (clindamycin and benzoyl peroxide) gel and differin cream 0.1%) effective?
I have used benzaclin (clindamycin and benzoyl peroxide) for years and now my skin is immune to it, what medication is recommended next?
Is benzaclin (clindamycin and benzoyl peroxide) gel the best medication to get rid of acne? Just wondering, thanks.?
Acne: There are many topical meds for acne. Benzaclin (clindamycin and benzoyl peroxide) is one of the combination products containing benzoyl peroxide and clindamycin. It works well for mild-moderate acne with inflammatory (red) lesions. There are others as well in addition to oral antibiotics. Talk to your doctor about options. ...Read more
Which online Canadian supplier is best to order drugs from? Insurance will not cover cost of Benzaclin. Dermatologist will not write RX either. Help.
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If I’ve taken Benzaclin for 10+ years and stopped taking it, how long would it stay in my system thereafter since it’s absorbed through the skin?
Pharmacist: Your pharmacist has access to this type of information and can be very helpful in answering this question. My feeling is that neither ingredient builds up in body tissues long term once you discontinue benzaclin. ...Read more
Can I get Benzaclin w/o a RX? Current dermatologist won't write RX, but writes Rxs that do not work. Had Benzaclin years ago and worked wonders.
Ask why not?: Ask your dermatologist why you cannot get a prescription for something that has worked better than the prescriptions you have been trying. If his explanation is not satisfactory, get a second opinion. Your PCP can also write a prescription for this medication. ...Read more
Zit care: Stievamycin is tretinoin & erythromycin gel for topical treatment for acne. Benzaclin (clindamycin and benzoyl peroxide) is also topical antibiotic & scrubbing agent for zits. Ask your doctor before you change medicine instruction. Your doctor would stop one gel to begin another gel. Use care for washing your hands and avoiding eyes, etc. ...Read more
Acne meds: Yes, BenzaClin and Retin-A can be mixed. However both may dry and irritate the skin so adjust the use to a level that your skin tolerates, and use a nongreasy daily sun block because Retin-A increases sun sensitivity (risk of sunburn). Also use gentle soap free cleansers (such as aveeno (oatmeal) or cetaphil) to avoid overdrying and irritation. ...Read more
Mix: Best to use these prescriptions at different times to allow adequate absorption into the skin and to avoid dilution of the products if used together. ...Read more
At least 8 weeks: When using any topical medication for acne, it takes at least 8 weeks to see the optimal efficacy of the medication. In my opinion, it is best to use several treatments for acne instead of one as there are multiple causes to acne. Your benzoyl peroxide/ Clindamycin is a good choice for the bigger bumps, but you may need a retinoid to help with clogged pores and oil. ...Read more
Skin redness: Benzaclin (clindamycin and benzoyl peroxide) is a topical antibiotic of benzoyl peroxide and clindamycin, commonly prescribed for acne. Caution should be used if patients have an allergy to either medication or have a history of ulcerative or infectious colitis. The most common side effects are dry, red, scaling skin or a burning sensation. ...Read more
Avoid clindamycin: Benzaclin (clindamycin and benzoyl peroxide) is a topical medication for treatment of acne containing benzyl peroxide & clindamycin. The former may cause skin irritation but clindamycin, an antibiotic, may cause allergic reactions with hives, eczema, or even breathing & digestive symptoms. Penicillin, amoxicillin, cephalosporins, Doxycycline & macrolides like Azithromycin are all good alternatives. Talk to your hcp or even a doctor. ...Read more
While using benzaclin (clindamycin and benzoyl peroxide) I get really dry and flakin in the morning. How can I prevent this from happening?
Apply moisturizer: Benzaclin (clindamycin and benzoyl peroxide) actually works by causing some irritation of skin, drying, and flaking. That is how the pores of the skin are opened and thus acne reduced. If you do not like it, you may apply moisturizers before or after applying benzaclin (clindamycin and benzoyl peroxide). ...Read more
Moisturizer: You could consider the use of a daily moisturizer. ...Read more
Salicylic or glycoli: I like salicylic or glycolic acid cleansers, obagi, skinmedica, and replenix are my three favorite that I carry in the office. Make sure you use your cleanser for two full minutes to it can do its job and using a clarisonic pro device will really give you the best results. ...Read more
I have used benzaclin (clindamycin and benzoyl peroxide) for years and now my skin is immune to it. What is the next step?
Inflamed?: Inflammatory acne responds well to antibiotics but long term use often selects for resistance. To reduce the inflammation, I like the at home use of the tria blue light system which all ages and skin types can use. Most patients also benefit from a retinoid preferably prescription strength as a mainstay for any acne regimen. ...Read more
Is mixing over-the-counter benzoyl peroxide 5% gel with Clindamycin 1% gel an effective & relatively harmless alternative to Benzaclin 1-5% gel?
Yes: Yes. This is good and safe combination. ...Read more