If you are between 12 and 25 years old, chances that you are experiencing acne are pretty high, although some older people may still have outbreaks. Some products can be harsh on fair or sensitive skin while others are a waste of money or come with over-inflated price tags. Cleocin T Lotion or generic Clindamycin is a prescription strength product from the Lincomycin antibiotic family that can help treat your acne and reduce swelling and inflammation. The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
The bacteria that causes acne are called Propionibacteria acnes (P. acnes). They are normal residents of our skin and mostly quite harmless. If your pores begin producing an increased supply of oil (sebum), P. acnes will thrive as they have a bountiful feast of excess oil and dead skin cells to gorge themselves on.
As the bacteria feed, they produce a fatty acid waste that then irritates the lining of your pores and causes inflammation and redness. Cleocin T Lotion is absorbed into your skin cells and works to interfere with the process bacteria use for synthesizing essential proteins they need in order to multiply. The Isopropyl alcohol will help to dry your skin so there is less oil for bacteria to feed on. Cleocin T Lotion does not kill bacteria, but makes it impossible for them to reproduce so they soon die off.
Called a chronic inflammatory skin condition, acne has been thought of as a direct result of overactive oil glands, but inflammation appears to also play a big role. The P.acnes bacteria are one reason for inflammation and your clogged pores further aggravate your skin and stimulates more inflammation. Of course, reducing the bacteria population will calm down the redness and daily face cleansing can help to keep your pores from becoming clogged.
Ask your doctor if Cleocin T Lotion is safe to apply while you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or are breast feeding. Tell your doctor about other medical conditions or allergies you have and list any OTC or Rx drugs you currently take or use, including herbal, dietary and vitamin supplements. This will help your doctor determine if Cleocin T Lotion is right for your lifestyle.
If you are also using other topical products, ask your doctor about when they should be applied. Cleocin T Lotion is not a miracle medicine so have patience as you may not notice any positive results for a few weeks. You could experience a breakout during the early part of using Cleocin T Lotion, but do not worry as this is due to the drying effect that helps shed dead skin cells that may have been hiding new pimples that had not emerged yet.