BenzaClin is the brand name for a topical gel that’s used to treat acne. It’s composed of clindamycin, an antibiotic, and benzoyl peroxide, a drying agent. Together, they work by fighting the bacteria that causes acne. This then allows oil and debris to be cleared from the pores. Without anything clogging pores, pimples clear away.
BenzaClin gel is a powerful acne fighter. It’s only available with a doctor’s prescription. It’s widely available in retail pharmacies.
BenzaClin gel is used to treat a variety of acne blemishes. This includes comedones (both whiteheads and blackheads), inflammatory pimples, and cystic acne. It is usually the drug of choice because it’s easily applied topically, has minimal adverse reactions, and works well.
BenzaClin gel is the combination of an antibiotic called clindamycin and the drying agent benzoyl peroxide.
Clindamycin works by slowing and stoppingthe growth of the bacteria that causes acne. Once the bacteria are killed, the redness and swelling disappear. This also helps the skin to heal.
Benzoyl peroxide works in a number of ways. Like clindamycin, it has antibacterial properties. It also acts as a keratolytic, which dries out the pimple and also decreases the amount of oil on the skin. Benzoyl peroxide is fickle though; use too much and it will irritate and dry out your skin.
When you are prescribed this treatment, your healthcare provider will provide you with instructions on how it should be applied. Since the gel can easily irritate skin surrounding the acne-affected areas, it’s best to start the application slowly, like applying the treatment once every other day. Applying BenzaClin more than once a day will irritate your skin.
There’s no harm in applying the medication in the morning, but most people prefer to apply it before bedtime. In general, these are the guidelines for usage:
A few people who use BenzaClin gel may develop the following side effects:
These side effects are temporary. They tend to occur when people apply BenzaClin gel more often than recommended. If your skin begins to dry out, it can be remedied with a potent moisturizer after the gel has been applied and dried.
If you miss an application and remember within a few hours, you can apply it to the treatment area. However, if you remember close to the time of your next application, never double the dose. Doubling the dose usually increases the risk of adverse effects.
Like any medication, there is a small risk of an allergic reaction to this gel. If your lips being swelling, you develop a rash, or experience chest discomfort or have difficulty breathing, you should seek immediate medical assistance.
This medication should not be used by the following individuals:
In general you should avoid combining medications. Speak to your healthcare provider before you use any other medication or supplement with BenzaClin gel.
It’s best to avoid use of medications during pregnancy. If you do become pregnant while using this gel, speak to your healthcare provider immediately.
Similarly, it is best to avoid usage during breast feeding; long term effects of this gel on the infant are not known.
Store at room temperature and away from excess moisture and dryness. It should not be frozen or kept in the fridge.
Both clindamycin and benzoyl peroxide work quickly. Even so, it often takes 2-3 weeks to see noticeable results. To completely clear acne, usage may vary from 4-12 weeks, depending on the severity of the acne.
Before you are prescribed this medication, you should tell your healthcare provider of all the medications, herbs and supplements that you take. You need to make sure that any medication you take is safe when you combine it with this one.
There are a number of possible reactions. Skin may become overly dry and irritated when Benzaclin is combined with astringent or drying products. BenzaClin may reduce the effectiveness of other treatments, like tretinoin, if not applied correctly. Further, you may experience negative side effects when combining BenzaClin with an antibiotic like erythromycin.
These are only a few examples of potential reactions with other medication.