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Cleocin T Topical Solution (also called Dalacin T) contains a Lincomycin antibiotic that your doctor may prescribe to control the growth of the bacteria that can follow inflammation, which appears to be the culprit behind an acne break-out. Inflammation can usually be seen before any pimples even appear. The inflammation causes damage to the sebum (oil) in your hair follicles which lowers the oxygen levels inside the follicles. This is the perfect place for the Propionibacterium acnes (P. acnes) to thrive as they prefer little or no oxygen. This can develop into an infection and lead to secondary inflammation.
When applied as directed to the affected area of skin, Cleocin T Topical Solution or generic Clindamycin interferes with the production of proteins that the bacteria need to form their cell walls. Without the essential proteins, holes will form in the cell walls and allow the contents to spill out and other substances to seep in. This prevents the bacteria from multiplying but does not actually kill the bacteria. Your immune system will kill any bacteria that still exist. The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
Another active ingredient in Cleocin T Topical Solution is isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol). As you apply Cleocin T Topical Solution, the alcohol helps to dry out the acne blemishes faster, and its antiseptic properties will assist in the removal of bacteria from your skin’s surface.
Ask your doctor if Clindamycin is safe to apply while you are pregnant or breast feeding. Explain other medical conditions or allergies you have to your doctor and list all OTC and Rx medications you currently take or use, including herbal or vitamin supplements, so your doctor can determine if you are at risk for adverse side effects while applying Cleocin T Topical Solution.
Due to the isopropyl alcohol in Cleocin T Topical Solution, it should not be applied to your skin near an open flame. Keep out of children’s reach and store it away from any open flames. Do not apply Cleocin T Topical Solution to chapped, sunburned, or irritated skin areas as it will sting. Be patient! It can take as much as 4 weeks before you notice any improvements to your skin. Some people may also have a break-out during treatment with Cleocin T Topical Solution as a result of shedding some of the old, dead skin and uncovering pimples that have not surfaced yet.