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Topical Clindamycin in the Management of Acne Vulgaris: Current Perspectives and Recent Therapeutic Advances.

Clindamycin is a lincosamide-derivate antibiotic that has been widely used both systemically and topically for approximately 5 decades. The antimicrobial profile of clindamycin primarily covers several gram-positive bacteria and anaerobic bacteria, with multiple clinical applications supported in the literature and with widespread real-world use. Topical clindamycin has been used primarily for the treatment of acne vulgaris, with both monotherapy and combination therapy formulations available commercially. This article reviews the use of clindamycin as a topical agent with emphasis on therapy for acne vulgaris, and addresses modes of action, reported anti-inflammatory properties that may relate to therapeutic outcomes, recommendations to avoid the emergence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, tolerability and safety considerations, and published data from clinical studies completed over a span of several years. A discussion of a newly FDA-approved triple-combination formulation is also included.  J Drugs Dermatol. 2024;23(6):438-445.     doi:10.36849/JDD.8318.

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