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Clindamycin for acne treatment may be necessary if over-the-counter (OTC) options like salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide aren’t able to effectively rid a person of their acne. Clindamycin helps prevent bacterial growth on the skin that can lead to clogged pores, whiteheads, blackheads, pimples, and other blemishes.


Usually, clindamycin for acne is prescribed in a topical form. If used as a topical foam, the typical recommendation is to apply as directed once per day. If used as a gel or solution, the typical recommendation is to apply as directed twice per day. 

Side Effects

Clindamcyin, along with other medications used with it to treat acne, may lead to skin irritation, peeling, redness, rashes, and sensitivity, especially when the medication is first used. It may also make a person more at risk of getting a sunburn.

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