Treclin gel is becoming quite popular amongst UK dermatologists in the use of facial acne in people over the age of 12. It contains 1% clindamycin and 0.025% tretinoin.
This branded product is made by Mylan and we at Relimeds stock the generic version, Retino AC made by Johnson and Johnson as a 15g gel.
The clindamycin is an antibiotic and the tretinoin irritates the skin causing an increase in skin turnover and reducing oil production.
Possible Side Effects
Dry skin (discontinue if severe)
Temporary skin pigmentation
This cream must not be used in pregnancy, use suitable contraception. The progesterone only pill is not considered effective.
On large areas
Increases of the nose
On areas of eczema, broken skin and sunburn
Around eyes and mouth
Abrasive cleansers and exfoliators
Wax for hair removal
Wear sunblock factor 50 even on cloudy days.
How to Use?
Apply a thin layer at bedtime.
If the dryness or redness is moderate, reduce application to every other night or every third night and then build up use over a couple of weeks. If irritation persists, discontinue treatment.
Several months of treatment will be needed to see any benefit. When new pimples stop appearing stop using for some time to see if any come back, if they do not then stop treatment.