Compare Cleocin vs. Finacea
Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.
Cleocin (clindamycin) is proven to be effective at treating acne when combined with another acne medicine and is available in a variety of formulations.
Finacea (azelaic acid) helps treat raised spots and pimple-like bumps that come from rosacea, but only provides slight redness improvement. Talk to your doctor if you are concerned about the redness from rosacea.
- 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.
- Comes in both a gel and foam formulation.
- Studies show Finacea (azelaic acid) is effective at reducing raised spots and pimple-like bumps in mild to moderate rosacea.
- Is as effective as alternative medicines.
- 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.
- Only available as a prescription.
- More expensive than alternative medicines. A generic option is not available. Your doctor may have you try a less expensive alternative medicine first.
- May not be the best option if you are looking to improve redness from rosacea.
- Causes more skin irritation than alternative medicines. Speak to your doctor if you already have very sensitive skin. An alternative medicine may be better for you.
- Gel, foam
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- Oiliness/Oily skin18%
- Burning where applied6%
- Scaling/Dry skin/Very dry skin8%
- Skin irritation
- Using other medicines or products that irritate the skin
- Extreme temperatures (hot or cold)
- Severe diarrhea and stomach cramps
- Using Cleocin (clindamycin) for a long time
- Allergic reactions
- Loss of skin color
- Skin irritation
- Worsening of asthma
- Eye and mouth irritation