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Veltin Uses

Veltin contains two active ingredients that work together to treat acne. The retinoid component (tretinoin) suppresses inflammation, and the antibiotic component (clindamycin) helps kill acne-causing bacteria by preventing it from reproducing and multiplying. Veltin is approved for use in people over the age of 12. "Off-label" (unapproved) uses include the treatment of rosacea.

What Is Veltin Used For?

Veltin™ (clindamycin/tretinoin gel) is a prescription medication licensed to treat acne. It is a combination product that contains two different active ingredients.
Veltin is one of many different prescription acne medications currently available. Like many such medications, Veltin may make the skin appear worse before it gets better. Often, the skin may become irritated, red, and flaky. However, this usually gets better with time, and clearer skin should be noticeable within a month or so.
If skin has not improved within two to three months, you should be re-evaluated by your healthcare provider, and perhaps a different treatment strategy will be necessary.
Your healthcare provider might recommend that you use Veltin alone or with another acne medication. Since Veltin is applied in the evening, typically at bedtime, your healthcare provider may recommend a different type of acne treatment for use in the morning.

How Does Veltin Work?

As stated previously, Veltin contains two different active ingredients (clindamycin and tretinoin). Tretinoin belongs to a group of medications known as retinoids, meaning it is chemically related to vitamin A. Tretinoin and other retinoids probably work by suppressing inflammation and slowing rapid skin cell growth.
Clindamycin belongs to a group of antibiotics known as lincosamides. It works by inhibiting part of bacterial ribosomes, which are parts of cells that make proteins.
By inhibiting the ribosomes, clindamycin interferes with the ability of bacteria to make proteins, which is necessary for the bacteria to grow and multiply. It specifically inhibits the 50S subunit of the ribosome. Since human cells do not have a 50S subunit, they are spared from the effects of the antibiotic.

Veltin Acne Medication Information

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