Clindamycin (1%)

This topical antibiotic targets acne causing bacteria and reduces inflammation.

Clindamycin is a powerful antibiotic that can be used as a cream on the skin to treat acne. It mainly works by killing the acne causing bacteria. It binds to the bacterial ribosome hence preventing protein synthesis and thereby stopping bacterial growth. This action reduces the bacterial load on the skin, which also helps to decrease inflammation and prevent future breakouts.

Clindamycin Benefits

The main benefits of using Clindamycin on the skin are for treating acne and reducing associated inflammation to clear up and calm the skin. However this is a prescription only medication and antibiotics should never be misused or overused. When used appropriately, Clindamycin gel or cream treatments work on the skin to help target:

  • Acne & Inflammation
  • Bacterial Skin Infections
Infographic on clindamycin acne cream and its effect on skin

Treatments with Clindamycin

We always design every one of our personalised skin treatments based on each individual patient’s skin concerns, goals and wishes. Whilst we try to avoid antibiotics, we may incorporate Clindamycin sparingly and for limited periods into the following personalised cream or gel treatments:

  • Acne
  • Body acne

Clindamycin Prescription Treatments in the UK

For good reason, Clindamycin is only available as a prescription treatment in the UK. Topical Clindamycin treatments usually come in gel or cream forms either as a regular drug or in compounded formulations.

We may add Clindamycin alongside other ingredients to a personalised treatment cream if we think it is appropriate and safe for the patient and their skin concern. If we do so it is usually for a short and defined period to prevent overuse. If you are interested in a personalised skincare treatment, please complete the online consultation form or book a virtual video consultation with one of our doctors. They will design a personalised skincare treatment to meet your needs and will take into account any wishes you’ve expressed where possible. Your doctor will also provide you with a clear instructions and ongoing follow-up throughout your journey. You will be able to contact your doctor by email at any time as part of your treatment.



    Your doctor will design a personalised skincare treatment and program for you to follow. The cost of the consultation will be deducted from any skincare purchase.


    This is a 3 month supply of treatment. The cost depends on the type so please visit our treatment pages for full break down. Your doctor will create a personalised treatment taking into account your health, skin concerns, goals and wishes.

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Treatment Time
15 Minutes

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Duration of effect
3-4 Months

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Important Information

Clindamycin is a prescription only antibiotic that can treat certain types of acne and bacterial infections on the skin. While it is effective, it can only be used in specific cases ubder the supervision of a medical provider.

Combining Clindamycin with Other Ingredients

Topical Clindamycin can be combined in a cream or gel with other skincare ingredients to enhance its effects. Common ingredients include benzoyl peroxide and retinoids like Tretinoin and adapalene.


Whilst clindamycin cream is safe to use on the skin for conditions like acne in appropriate individuals, caution is advised in the following circumstances:

  • Hypersensitivity: Individuals with known allergies or hypersensitivity to clindamycin or any of its components should avoid using products containing this ingredient.
  • History of Colitis: Clindamycin can cause gastrointestinal issues in some people, particularly those with a history of colitis.
  • Pregnancy and Breastfeeding: Although clindamycin is generally considered safe, it is always best to consult with a healthcare provider to ensure it’s appropriate for your specific situation.

Safety and Side Effects

Clindamycin is generally considered safe for most skin types. However, some individuals may experience side effects such as dryness, itching, or redness. In rare cases, clindamycin can cause more severe reactions like gastrointestinal issues if it is absorbed systemically. If you experience severe irritation or an allergic reaction, discontinue use and seek medical help.

Storage and Shelf Life

Store clindamycin products in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight and heat. Always check the expiration date on the product packaging and discard any product that has changed in colour, consistency, or smell.

Frequently asked questions

Your doctor will only create a treatment they feel are safe and appropriate for you. Whilst we encourage all our patients to express their wishes and concerns when we design their treatment, we will only be able to accommodate these as long as we feel it is medically safe and beneficial to do so. Currently we only use Clindamycin sparingly and alongside other ingredients for a short period. We do not provide antibiotic treatments by themselves.

All our treatments are compound formulas made individually for each patient and should to be used over 3 months from when they're dispensed. Its important to use exactly as directed in your treatment plan.

This is a prescription only medicine and hence can only be offered after a consultation with a doctor if they feel it is appropriate for you. This ensures that the treatment is safe for you to use and that it meets your treatment goals. Your doctor will also be able to answer any questions you have and provide you with a personalised treatment plan so you get the most out of your treatment and avoid irritation or side-effects.

Yes. We provide two ways to access our doctors. You can either fill in an online consultation form or book an online video appointment. Please feel free to choose the option that is most convenient for you. Regardless of which consultation type you choose, you will have a single dedicated doctor throughout your treatment journey. They will create a personalised treatment protocol for your and provide ongoing aftercare and advice.

You will have direct access to your doctor by email so you can ask questions, get advice and let them know if you have any problems.

No, you just need to reach out to your doctor by email and they will help you.

We do not charge for any follow up or aftercare. You can contact your doctor at any time for advice, updates and any issues.

No, you can just email your doctor and they will assist you.

No it is not. We are really passionate about putting you in control of your treatment. Everyone responds differently to their treatment so we don't think subscriptions make sense for a personalised journey. That's why we leave it up to you to let us know when you need a refill and we make it very easy to order these.


Your product(s) will be delivered straight to your home. It usually takes 2-3 business days for products to arrive.

No! All our prices are as listed on the website. The fees also include delivery.


Compounded treatments like the ones we use are unlicensed medications because they are custom-made for each patient based on a specific formulation tailored to their unique needs. Unlike licensed medications, which are approved by regulatory bodies for general use, compounded treatments are created by pharmacists to meet the specific requirements of an individual patient as prescribed by their doctor. While they do not undergo the same approval process as licensed medications, they offer a personalised approach that can address specific concerns where a licensed treatment doesn't exist effectively under professional supervision.