- Topical clindamycin is used to treat acne (spots).
- The most common side-effect is mild skin irritation.
About topical clindamycin for acne
|Type of medicine ||Antibiotic for topical use |
|Used for ||Acne |
|Also called ||Dalacin® T |
Duac® Once Daily (clindamycin with benzoyl peroxide)
|Available as ||Solution, lotion and gel |
When clindamycin is applied to the skin in acne, it works by killing the bacteria which are contributing to the acne.
Clindamycin is also used to treat bone and joint infections, and for vaginal infections. There are two separate information leaflets available for these called Clindamycin and Clindamycin (vaginal) respectively.
Before using topical clindamycin
Before using clindamycin make sure your doctor or pharmacist knows:
- If you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
- If you have ever had severe diarrhoea after taking any antibiotic.
- If you have an inflammatory bowel disorder (such as Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis).
- If you have ever had an allergic reaction to this or any other medicine.
How to use topical clindamycin
- Before starting this treatment, read the manufacturer's printed information leaflet from inside the pack.
- Use this preparation exactly as your doctor has told you to. It is for external use only.
- The label on your container will tell you how many times a day to use the preparation you have been given. Some clindamycin preparations are used once each day, others are used twice a day.
- Take care to keep this preparation away from your eyes and mouth.
- Some clindamycin topical preparations contain alcohol which can cause stinging if it gets into cuts or grazes on the skin.
Getting the most from your treatment
- Do not wash more than normal and do not scrub hard when washing acne-affected skin. Washing twice a day is normal for most people. Use a mild soap and lukewarm water. (Very hot or cold water may worsen acne.)
- Do not pick or squeeze spots because this can cause further inflammation and scarring.
- Diet is not thought to affect acne, however if you do notice that certain foods make your spots worse, then it may be best to avoid them.
Can topical clindamycin cause problems?
Along with their useful effects, most medicines can cause unwanted side-effects although not everyone experiences them. These usually improve as your body adjusts to the new medicine, but speak with your doctor or pharmacist if any of the following side-effects continue or become troublesome.
|Common side-effects ||What can I do if I experience this |
|Skin dryness or irritation ||As your skin gets used to the preparation, this should improve |
Important: If you develop diarrhoea, ask your pharmacist or doctor for further advice before applying any more of the preparation.
How to store clindamycin
- Keep all medicines out of the reach and sight of children.
- Store in a cool, dry place, away from direct heat and light.