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BenzaClin Uses

How Does BenzaClin Work?

As mentioned, BenzaClin combines two medications: benzoyl peroxide and clindamycin.
Clindamycin belongs to a class of antibiotics known as licosamides. It works by binding to bacterial ribosomes (the parts of cells that make proteins) and interfering with their ability to make proteins, which are necessary for bacteria to grow and multiply. This helps stop the spread of the bacteria that contribute to acne (Propionibacterium acnes or P. acnes for short).
Benzoyl peroxide is also thought to work by killing P. acnes. It does this by releasing oxygen into the pores of the skin. Because P. acnes is a type of anaerobe, which means it lives without oxygen, the oxygen kills the bacteria. Benzoyl peroxide also helps soften and peel away the outer layer of the skin, which can open up clogged pores and help improve the skin's appearance.

Can Children Use It?

BenzaClin is approved for use in adolescents who are at least 12 years old. Talk with your child's healthcare provider about the benefits and risks of using this acne medicine in children.

Is BenzaClin Used for Off-Label Reasons?

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend this medicine for treating something other than acne. This would be known as an "off-label" use. At this time, there are no commonly accepted off-label uses for BenzaClin.

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