What is Clindamycin Phosphate and How Does It Help Acne?
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What is clindamycin phosphate and how does it help acne

Clindamycin Phosphate (Clindasol) is a topical acne therapy with SPF 15 sunscreen. It helps treat skin infections, severe acne, and bacteria that cause infections.

How to use clindamycin phosphate

  • Always wash and dry your skin before applying
  • Apply a thin layer of clindamycin to the whole area affected by acne, not just to the pimples. This will help keep new pimples from breaking out.
  • Try to avoid washing the affected areas too often as this may dry your skin out and make your acne worse. Washing with a mild soap 2-3 times a day should suffice.
  • For clindamycin to work you must use the full treatment even if your acne begins to clear. Do not miss any doses.

Dose for topical cream, solution, or suspension

  • Adults and children 12 years of age and over – Apply twice a day to areas affected by acne.
  • Infants and children up to 12 years of age – To be determined by your doctor.


What to know before using clindamycin phosphate

  • Do not use this medicine if you’ve had any allergic reactions to it or other clindamycin or to lincomycin.
  • Do not apply cosmetics heavily or use them often as this may increase your acne outbreaks. Try to use only water-based cosmetics.
  • This medicine is for use on the skin only. Do not use it in your eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Do not use it on skin areas that have cuts or scrapes.
  • This medicine may cause the skin to become unusually dry, even with normal use.
  • Clindamycin phosphate does not cure acne. Treatment of acne may take up to 8 to 12 weeks before full improvement is seen.


Side effects

Common side effects include

  • dryness;
  • scaliness;
  • or peeling of skin (for the topical solution).

Less common side effects include

  • abdominal pain;
  • diarrhea (mild);
  • headache;
  • irritation or oiliness of skin;
  • stinging or burning feeling of skin.

You may experience side effects not listed above. If you notice any check with your doctor as soon as possible.

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