Compare Benzoyl Peroxide vs. Cleocin
Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.
Benzac (Benzoyl Peroxide) is a very popular topical acne treatment you can get over-the-counter or by prescription that may be better for people who don't want to take pill medication. Just be careful because it can bleach your hair, clothing and other fabrics.
Cleocin T (Clindamycin Phosphate) is good for treating many bacterial infections and is available as a generic. If you're taking the vaginal form, you have to avoid sex and tampons for the period your doctor tells you to. The topical form can cause skin sensitivity and irritation.
- Benzoyl peroxide is used to reduce bacteria on the skin, which "calms" the skin down (lowers the inflammatory response) in acne.
- Helps stop blemishes from forming when oil and skin cells become trapped in pores.
- Although Benzoyl peroxide can irritate the skin, a true skin allergy is rare.
- Can be used in combination with acne pill medicine if your doctor thinks you need it.
- It's available in non-prescription strengths, easy to buy at any drugstore and pretty cheap compared to prescription pills to treat your acne.
- Available in generic.
- Topical form treats acne.
- Available in different oral forms: tablet, capsule, and suspension.
- Available in forms to treat skin infections and vaginal infections.
- Used to treat many types of bacterial infections.
- Less resistance seen in bacteria to this antibiotic. Your doctor may run tests to see which antibiotics will kill the bacteria causing your infection.
- Can be taken with or without food.
- Higher strengths (concentrations) can cause skin irritation and may appear as redness, peeling, abnormal dryness or stinging, tightening, or burning sensations.
- It's rare, that a serious allergic reaction would occur, but it's a good idea to test a small area of skin before using on any larger or sensitive areas.
- Not the best choice if you're pregnant. Benzoyl peroxide is categorized as pregnancy Category C (weigh risks vs benefits) as compared to similar topical medicines that are in Category B (likely safe).
- Can cause bleaching of hair and clothing.
- May not work as well when used by itself over long period of time.
- You'll need to stay out of the sun or apply a sunscreen if you have to be outdoors.
- Have to take the oral forms with a full glass of liquid or with food since it can cause irritation in your stomach and esophagus.
- If you're taking the vaginal form, you have to avoid sex and not use tampons for the period your doctor tells you to.
- If you're allergic to aspirin, your doctor may have to prescribe an alternate.
- If you have to take live vaccines, talk to your doctor when to take them since Clindamycin can make it less effective.
- If you're taking the topical form, it can cause sensitivity and irritation.
- Cream, gel, or ointment
- Topical solution
- Cream, gel, or ointment
- Vaginal cream
- Vaginal suppository
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- Bleaching effects
- Skin irritation
- Using other medicines or products that irritate the skin
- Extreme temperatures (hot or cold)
- Allergic reaction
- Liver damage
- History of liver disease