Compare Benzamycin vs. Cleocin

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

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Topical treatment for acne and pimples.

Benzamycin (benzoyl peroxide / erythromycin) is a common affordable treatment for acne and pimples, but it can stain clothing and hair.

3.4/ 5 average rating with 146 reviewsforBenzamycin
Treats acne.

Cleocin (clindamycin) is proven to be effective at treating acne when combined with another acne medicine and is available in a variety of formulations.

3.5/ 5 average rating with 115 reviewsforCleocin
Upsides
  • The combination of medicines in Benzamycin (benzoyl peroxide / erythromycin) works better to reduce bacteria in oil glands and improve overall appearance of acne than either medicine alone.
  • Combining an antibiotic with benzoyl peroxide lowers the chances of Benzamycin (benzoyl peroxide / erythromycin) not working as well over time (known as resistance).
  • Can be used in combination with acne pill medicine if your doctor thinks you need it.
  • A generic form of Benzamycin (benzoyl peroxide / erythromycin) is available to help lower cost.
  • Available in generic.
  • Comes in different formulations (gel, solution, lotion, foam) to fit your preferences.
  • Works well for the kind of acne that causes large, red, and swollen pimples.
Downsides
  • Benzamycin (benzoyl peroxide / erythromycin) may not work for everyone. Like with any acne medicine, you may have to try different medicines before finding the one that works for you.
  • You have to apply this twice a day. With some other medicines, you may only need to apply once a day.
  • Is generally only effective for mild to moderate acne. If you have severe acne, you may need an oral medication.
  • The most common form of Benzamycin (benzoyl peroxide / erythromycin) needs to be stored in the fridge and is only good for 3 months even if you have medicine remaining in the container.
  • Foam formulation can cause headaches.
  • You will likely have to use another acne medicine along with Cleocin (clindamycin) since it is not as effective by itself.
  • Is only preferred for mild to moderate acne. If you have severe acne your doctor will most likely prescribe an oral medication.
  • If you only have comedonal acne (small skin-colored bumps on the skin) without any red, swollen pimples, your doctor may give you an alternative medicine.
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Used for
Dosage forms
  • Gel
  • Gel
  • Foam
  • Solution
  • Lotion
Price
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Reviews
146 reviews so far
54%
saidit'sworth it
26%
saiditworked well
12%
saidit'sa big hassle

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115 reviews so far
57%
saidit'sworth it
43%
saiditworked well
19%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
6possible side effects
  • Dry skin
    8%
  • Dryness
    3%
  • Hives
    3%
  • Reaction where applied
    3%
  • Eyelid inflammation
    2%
  • Itching
    2%
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9possible side effects
  • Dryness
    23%
  • Oiliness/Oily skin
    18%
  • Redness
    16%
  • Burning
    11%
  • Burning/Itching
    11%
  • Peeling
    11%
  • Itching
    11%
  • Burning where applied
    6%
  • Headache
    3%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Bleaching effects
  • Skin irritation
    • Using other medicines or products that irritate the skin
    • Eczema
    • Extreme temperatures (hot or cold)
  • Allergic reaction
  • Development of more serious infections
    • Long-term use of Benzamycin (benzoyl peroxide / erythromycin)
  • Pregnancy and breastfeeding
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  • Skin irritation
    • Using other medicines or products that irritate the skin
    • Eczema
    • Extreme temperatures (hot or cold)
  • Severe diarrhea and stomach cramps
    • Using Cleocin (clindamycin) for a long time
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