BenzaClin Gel for Acne Treatment

What is BenzaClin?

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.

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What types of acne can be treated with this gel?

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.

How does BenzaClin work?

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.

How should I use BenzaClin?

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:

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What are side effects of BenzaClin gel?

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.

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What are precautions I should take when using BenzaClin gel?
  1. Do not get the gel into your eyes or nose. Don’t swallow it, either. If you do any of those things, you will need to wash the medication out with copious amounts of water or call poison control.
  2. Do not apply to an open wound, ulcer, or broken skin.
  3. Keep the medication away from children.
  4. BenzaClin may cause bleaching of the hair or fabric. Take proper precautions.
  5. Avoid direct exposure to sunlight. BenzaClin gel makes skin hypersensitive to UV rays. If you do go out, wear a hat, use a sunscreen with a high SPF, and also wear long sleeved garments to protect your skin.
  6. Avoid use of tanning lamps, tanning beds, or sunlamps.
  7. Only use BenzaClin gel for the prescribed amount of time.
  8. If you develop abdominal cramps, diarrhea and bloody stool after starting treatment, you should discontinue the medication and see your healthcare provider right away. Do not treat this condition at home without first speaking to your healthcare provider.
What happens if I miss a dose of BenzaClin gel?

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.

Can usage result in an allergic reaction?

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.

Who should not use BenzaClin gel?

This medication should not be used by the following individuals:

  1. Those with allergy to clindamycin or lincomycin (a drug similar to clindamycin).
  2. Individuals with a history of Crohn’s disease or other bowel problems like pseudomembranous colitis, ulcerative colitis or are having severe diarrhea.
  3. Individuals using the antibiotic erythromycin, because it will decrease the effectiveness of this drug
  4. Children under the age of 12.
Can I use BenzaClin gel with other acne medications?

In general you should avoid combining medications. Speak to your healthcare provider before you use any other medication or supplement with BenzaClin gel.

Can BenzaClin be used during pregnancy?

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.

How should I store my BenzaClin gel?

Store at room temperature and away from excess moisture and dryness. It should not be frozen or kept in the fridge.

How long do I have to use BenzaClin gel?

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.

Can BenzaClin gel interact with other medications?

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.