If you have acne, your healthcare provider may prescribe Acanya. This medication is specifically used to treat mild, moderate, or severe acne in adults and adolescents as young as 12 years old. A healthcare provider may also recommend "off-label" (unapproved) uses for Acanya, such as treating acne in children younger than 12 years old.
What Is Acanya Used For?Acanya® (clindamycin/benzoyl peroxide) is a prescription medication licensed to treat acne. It combines two active medications: clindamycin and benzoyl peroxide. These medicines work in different ways to treat acne.
Acne is a condition that affects the skin's oil glands and follicles. Follicles are the canals that connect the tiny holes or pores in your skin to the oil glands underneath the skin. Sometimes, the follicles get clogged with skin cells and sebum, an oily substance made by the oil glands. This mixture of oil and cells allows bacteria, known as Propionibacterium acnes (P. acnes), to grow inside the plugged follicles.
If the clogged follicle wall ruptures, white blood cells rush into the area, causing inflammation. As the white blood cells make their way to the skin's surface, a pimple forms.
The term "acne" simply refers to several pimples occurring together. The exact cause of acne is unknown, and is probably due to several things (see Causes of Acne for more information).
Acne is a common skin disease. Although it is not a serious health threat, severe acne can lead to disfiguring, permanent scarring. In addition, acne can be quite upsetting to people affected by it, leading to embarrassment, anxiety, and low self-esteem.
Acanya is one of many different prescription acne medications currently available. It is a topical acne treatment, which means it is applied to the skin (see Acne Treatment for information about other possible acne treatments). Acanya may be used to treat mild, moderate, or severe acne and can work against different acne types, including blackheads, whiteheads, pimples, and pustules.
In addition, it is always a good idea to have a skincare plan when caring for acne-prone skin (see Acne Skin Care for more information on important steps to take when caring for your skin). Your healthcare provider can help you develop a skincare plan for your skin type.
Like many acne medications, Acanya can make the skin appear worse before it gets better. There are usually acne lesions below the skin that need to surface and heal. Once these lesions heal, your skin appearance will start to improve.
Just be patient and give the medication time to work. In Acanya clinical studies, some people noticed improved skin within two weeks of starting this medicine. However, it may take longer for most people. If your acne does not improve within six to eight weeks, talk to your healthcare provider about whether Acanya is right for you.
(Click Acne to learn more about this condition, including causes and other possible treatments.)