Guide To Common Prescription Acne Medications

Clindamycin With Benzoyl Peroxide 

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A clindamycin-benzoyl peroxide gel is sometimes prescribed for acne patients who have not had much success with other types of treatments. Clindamycin is an antibiotic, and benzoyl peroxide is an antiseptic. Thus, this medication offers a double-impact effect on acne. Compared to treatment with clindamycin or benzoyl peroxide alone, the combination has proven to be significantly more efficient at reducing acne. The benzoyl peroxide is believed to enhance clindamycin's antibacterial properties. 

Many doctors recommend this treatment for pregnant women because of its effectiveness and the fact that it has fewer side effects than other acne medications. Most patients who benefit from this mixture see a significant reduction in pimples and lesions after twelve to sixteen weeks. 

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