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User Reviews for Clindamycin / tretinoin topical to treat Acne

Also known as: Veltin, Ziana

Clindamycin / tretinoin topical has an average rating of 7.6 out of 10 from a total of 173 ratings for the treatment of Acne. 70% of reviewers reported a positive effect, while 14% reported a negative effect.

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7.6/10 average rating

173 ratings from 178 user reviews.

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Reviews for Clindamycin / tretinoin topical

curlysgirly · Taken for 1 to 6 months November 18, 2020

“So.. I had unproblematic skin for the past 4 years after using my birth control Diane 35. In March 2020, I decided to switch to an IUD instead of my combination pill, the progression of my skin slowly but surely lead to me having acne. I would say at the end of July I was prescribed the clindamycin/tretinoin gel to use nightly. Unfortunately, I would use it on and off and for this type of gel PLEASE do not use it on and off or it will not work and your skin will have to repurge. So I currently am heading into my 10th week on the gel and it is still a process. I have scars and just a few pimples reappearing. If I could recommend anything its to make sure you check in with yourself and stay positive. Acne is a normal and you are still beautiful with or without it. Im hoping that within the new year my skin will be clear again but I'm learning that taking care of my inside is just as important as my outside. Best of luck to everyone on their acne journey!”

7 / 10
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steverh · Taken for 1 to 6 months February 22, 2020

“I hope this review gives someone hope. I am in my early 40s and have had horrible acne my whole life. I've really tried almost everything. I tried Biacna (same drug, but diff name in Canada) before, and hated it. My skin broke out horribly. But second time trying on the urging of my doctor, I stuck with it the next time. Skin broke out again like crazy for about two weeks (the worst I ever saw). I told my doctor, he saw how awful my face looked, but still begged me try stick with it for another month. I did. I hid mostly inside my house for about a month because the acne got so awful. But, about 2 months into using it every day, my skin cleared up - it's like all the acne that was happening on my face all cleared up almost all of a sudden. I am now (knock on wood) about 3 weeks without any significant or visible acne on my face!!!! Please do yourself a painful favour. Stick with it for at least 2 months before giving up on this one.”

9 / 10
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Poopy2023 · Taken for less than 1 month May 1, 2018

Veltin (clindamycin / tretinoin): “I have only been using this product for a few days and I haven't seen much improvement but after reading these reviews I wanted to share what my dermatologist recommended. She told me not to follow the directions in the box, rather keep your face damp (wet, but not dripping wet) after washing it and then apply a pea size amount of the product to the entire face. So essentially, you are working the product into your face with the water to help reduce dryness. This is a great tip because I have pretty sensitive skin, and my skin has barely gotten dry in the few days that I have been using this. If you're experiencing extreme dryness or any textural problems, I recommend you try this tip out! Hope that this helps someone out there.”

8 / 10
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hhaoo February 16, 2021

“Started using Biacna for hormonal acne, as well as regular acne I have on my forehead and T zone area. Applied every day for 4 hours for 4 days, and over night thereafter (took one day break after 4 days) and my skin has literally completely cleared up... it’s been exactly 7 days since I started using Biacna. I noticed a difference within 1-2 days, as it had stopped new pimples from forming immediately. I had around 10 pimples on my forehead, 5 on the cheeks each and 5 pimples on my chin/nose area. One week later all I have is 2 older pimples that are still healing but almost gone. I can’t believe how quick and effective this gel has been for me It is drying, but completely worth it and I used a heavy moisturizer and avoided wearing foundation to avoid it looking flaky. Highly recommend trying it. I have combo skin, oily around the nose and chin, but also dry elsewhere. My skin is fair-light skin toned. Went from 20 pimples to 0 in 1 week! And. No new forming pimples”

10 / 10
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Cake · Taken for 1 to 6 months September 13, 2020

“I started getting deep cystic hormonal acne at 30 and four years later I had tried everything. I got a prescription for this and it had honestly changed my life. I am incredibly lucky and had no purging and no flaky ness - it just worked . My skin is glowing, my scars are slowly healing and I occasionally get a tiny spot but it goes quickly. I am in awe as I was at the end of my hopes it would ever be ok. Absolutely incredible.”

10 / 10
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Changed my Life · Taken for 1 to 2 years December 21, 2016

Ziana (clindamycin / tretinoin): “For some reason, my acne became uncontrollable after I gave birth to my daughter. I finally went to the dermatologist after quite a few breakdowns. I started Ziana in January 2016. This medicine will take about 3 months of purging your skin before it shows how clear your skin will be. Be patient. Yes, it sucks. But it does work 100%. I have before and after if anyone would like to see or has any questions! ”

10 / 10
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Skincareaddict · Taken for 1 to 6 months November 26, 2019

Ziana (clindamycin / tretinoin): “I am a 27 year old female who had moderate cystic acne due to inflammation caused by ulcerative colitis. I saw a dermatologist who prescribed me Bianca, the Canadian version of Ziana and he gave me a ton of samples that I’m still using. That was August 9th, the first 2 months were rough... I wanted to stop using it multiple times because my purging period was so bad but I was so desperate to clear my skin. My face for the first 2 months got a lot worse, it was red, itchy, painful, dry and flaky. I also simplified my skincare routine to just a sensitive cleanser, I used the bioderma sensibio mild foaming gel and la Roche posay moisturizer. My face started to improve 2.5 months into using it and I’m currently 3.5 months into using Bianca and all of my cystic bumps are gone, I’m continuing to use the medication to get rid of the acne scars left behind. I never thought my skin would be this clear again. Yes the purging period was horrible but I’m so glad I didn’t give up on this.”

9 / 10
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alkaco May 6, 2021

“Very thankful for everyone sharing their experiences, so thought it only fair I share mine. I've been using "Acnatac" (Australian brand) for 1 month now. I DEFINITELY purged and it was probably the worst my skin has ever been. That happened quite quickly after starting and persisted for 3-ish weeks. My skin has started to clear. I'm getting small pustules here and there but nothing compared to the amount I was getting before and they are shorter in duration. My skin turnover is insane - this compound is the ultimate exfoliater. Keeping on top of moisturising is definitely important. I'm lucky enough to work from home so I haven't really had to worry about making makeup look good but when I do it's difficult to not look flaky and dry but I'd still trade that over acne. I'll update as I continue for the next few months. I've tried the pill, antibiotics, $$$$ skin treatments, LED lights, every naturopathic treatment known to man haha and I was about to go on Accutane but I'm glad this was suggested by my GP.”

8 / 10
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Mh9989 November 16, 2016

Veltin (clindamycin / tretinoin): “I was applying it nightly at first and realized it was causing my skin to peel a lot. Switched to using it every 3-4 nights and exfoliated my skin every morning. After about a month I was able to put it on every night with no peeling issues. I also started only putting it on my problem areas (acne scars) rather than my whole face. Flash forward 3 months later from my first night using it and my skin looks GREAT. You have to be patient and find a regime that works for you. Yes, your skin will peel at first..but you can also use it sparingly so your skin gets used to it. You don't have to torture yourself and use it every night at first. Start slow but keep a schedule. I put it on once a week now. I'm happy I stuck with it!”

10 / 10
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jamiejls June 10, 2008

Ziana (clindamycin / tretinoin): “I have been using Ziana for about nine months. I will admit I was extremely frustrated in the beginning because my face was seemed to be worse than it was before. But nine months later, my face is acne free. I will occasionally get a tiny tiny pimple but it will usually go away in a day or two. My confidence is back where it needs to be and all the wait was frustrating, it was worth it.”

7 / 10
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Cassidilla November 11, 2014

Ziana (clindamycin / tretinoin): “When I turned 26 I began getting really bad, cystic acne on my chin/around my mouth. I would "pop" the cysts and cause all kinds of scabs/scars on my chin area. Finally I went to the dermatologist and she prescribed me Ziana. Let me just start of by saying this stuff is nothing short of a miracle. Within 2 weeks my face looks brand new again. I use it everyday. I went a few weeks without using it and the bumps began to come back%u2026 Also, a little bit goes a long way. I put a very thin layer on my face every night. I think some people may be putting too much on their face which is causing their skin to be oily (the Ziana is causing the oil to come out of your skin which is what is causing the acne anyway). Good luck!!”

10 / 10
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ella87co · Taken for 1 to 6 months April 21, 2014

Ziana (clindamycin / tretinoin): “I started Ziana one month ago. I am 26 and have had severe cystic acne from the age of 16. I haven't worn makeup for the last two weeks because I DO NOT need to hide anything anymore. Wooohooo!! It made my skin red/peel for a week and half but not so much that I needed to hide. I can wear the gel during the day because it doesn't flake or peel like most gels do. My pores are much smaller and I couldn't be happier. I now only need to use it about twice a week. Love this product!”

10 / 10
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netcek July 4, 2010

Ziana (clindamycin / tretinoin): “Having endured mild acne for 40 years with no real relief from various recommendations/interventions from dermatologist. I used Ziana for 3 months and have had fabulous results. No side effects, easy to use. It has been a miracle and a dream come true! As an added bonus, the dermatologist has said to continue using Ziana and that it would improve the wrinkles too. Life is good again....acne affects more than your skin, but permeates your self concept, activities you choose to participate in, social life, and the list goes on. To those who worked to develop this product, my deepest gratitude!”

10 / 10
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Ty October 21, 2019

“My skin had almost a 10 week acne purging process that came in waves. The breakouts got better over time and also went away much faster. When I started my treatment I made sure to follow these steps: Start slow and use a small amount. I was eager, as I had been dealing with this for half a year. 3 times a week was too much for me, and I experienced dry, red, and painful skin. I re evaluated and started with 2 times a week, then 3, 4, and nightly. MOISTURIZE. MOISTURIZE. MOISTURIZE. Every night, I wash face with sensitive cleanser, immediately moisturize with a heavy duty moisturizer. Wait 20ish minutes, then apply Bianca. Wake up in the morning, rinse face, immediately moisturize with light moisturizer containing SPF15. Be patient and have faith that your routine and the product will work. I stuck it out and made a commitment. My skin is totally clear now with exception for the occasional small deeper pimple but even those are becoming infrequent and heal within 2 days.”

9 / 10
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Happy2303 · Taken for 1 to 6 months July 23, 2018

Ziana (clindamycin / tretinoin): “I promised if this ever worked for me I would write a review. I’ve read these reviews over and over again to stop myself from giving up. Now on week 10 and my skin is almost perfectly clear. Do NOT GIVE UP. Weeks 3-6 were the worst for me and I thought it would never work. Slowly, but surely, it does work. Fight through the breakouts and don’t worry. Give it its full 3 months before tossing it. You will not regret. Simplify your skin care routine. I only used face wash and moisturizer in the morning with Ziana (biacna in Canada) at night. This has fixed everything and is clearing up my scars. Good luck”

10 / 10
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Dec 3rd 2014 December 3, 2014

Veltin (clindamycin / tretinoin): “I started using Veltin about a month ago for acne on my body and all I can say is THANK THE LORD! After years of trying benzoyl peroxide products and other ineffective topical treatments, I finally found the right medication! Pros- reduces blemish size, lightens scaring and pigmentation a lot, pretty fast acting for me it only took a month for incredible results and still getting even better because I'm still not totally clear yet but I'd give it 2 more weeks to be all clear. Cons- causes itchiness, peeling and redness but subsides after a few weeks. My tip is don't be lazy or impacient when it comes this product because the whole purpose is to bring up the new skin that is healthy and shed the damaged skin and acne.”

10 / 10
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Maggie · Taken for 1 to 6 months September 6, 2019

“To start off, this has been the only cream or treatment that has cleared my acne. I’ve tried 3 other prescription creams and they didn’t work. This was the one. A disclaimer though, it gets a lot worse before it gets better. I started out using it once a week and it was so harsh at first. Made my skin peel, crack and flake like mad and brought up ALL my acne. This would come in waves. But when I say it gets better it gets so much better. My skin is smooth, pores shrinking, and whole complexion is so much better. I actually received a spontaneous compliment about my skin for the first time ever. It makes your skin rough for a minute, then totally clears it. I literally woke up one morning and I didn’t have zits. If you’re willing to wait about 6 weeks with worse skin than usual I can’t recommend it enough. Get a heavy duty moisturizer (I use la Roche Posay toleraine riche) and prepare for some rough skin days but honestly hang in there I can’t recommend it enough”

9 / 10
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RedAA January 18, 2017

Veltin (clindamycin / tretinoin): “The first week my skin got very dry and patchy. It peeled a good bit. The second week my skin broke out worse than it ever has, and I started getting really discouraged that it wasn't working and I felt like it had made my skin worse. I am now about to finish up my third week, and my skin is really clearing up well. I would say be patient with this product and give it one full month, and you will begin to see results. The method I use is washing my face, patting it dry, putting on a moisturizer, waiting about 10-15 minutes, then applying the veltin only on the acne spots. This has seemed to work best for me.”

8 / 10
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Nick January 11, 2019

Veltin (clindamycin / tretinoin): “This product works amazingly well. I've been using it for just a few weeks. I had strange oily cysts growing from underneath my skin and erupting at the surface. This gel stopped it in about 1-2 days, which allowed my skin to finally heal from that trauma caused by the cysts. It's a powerful medication so common sense is needed when using it. Think of it as an exfoliate on steroids. A normal exfoliate helps you to shed dead skin at a slow rate. THIS gel however will cause massive peeling after about 1 week's use. My dermatologist recommended this regimen: Wash with Cetaphil, pat dry, apply the gel, and follow up with the Cetaphil moisturizer. Only apply the gel at night since exposure to the sun is to be avoided when you have it on. When the peeling becomes too excessive for me, I stop and only apply the gel to the areas that were affected. If I do not, it will literally burn my skin on other areas of the face which looked just fine. So you have to use common sense.”

10 / 10
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Emily June 14, 2020

“Hi, I’m from the UK and our version of this clindamycin/tretinoin gel is called Treclin. I have been using treclin since late January 2020 I was frustrated with these tough acne spots that I kept getting. I like the texture of Treclin as it’s a dewy gel. The first week I used Treclin my skin was fine, however as time went on. My skin began to break out like crazy. It was purging so much, I realised my skin was worse than before. As time went on I also began breaking out on areas I don’t get acne: my forehead and chin. March and April were the worst months for me. It did ruin my confidence as my skin was so bad. BUT In May, I purchased a new gel as after the 3 month work it stops working. I can now say in the month of June, my skin has improved greatly! I still have acne marks, but they are starting to fade. In the past month I’ve only got maybe 1-3 spots and that’s it. This gel really works but you have to endure the purging stage.”

8 / 10
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ZMoney · Taken for less than 1 month January 14, 2014

Ziana (clindamycin / tretinoin): “I have struggled with minor acne all throughout high school. Just as soon as I got the acne off my face, new patches would appear. I tried every OTC medication and cream, with no avail. I even tried proactive, which actually just caused more new acne. When I went off to college, I decided to take action. My dermatologist prescribed me with Ziana, and I have to admit, I was nervous. She told me that it is a very new product, and it may not work. After four nights of treatment, all of the acne and redness of my face was gone. Completely gone! I was, to say the least, excited. I stopped after four days and am still acne free three weeks later!”

10 / 10
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Kimsoa · Taken for less than 1 month March 9, 2014

Ziana (clindamycin / tretinoin): “About 2 months ago my skin started to break out really bad out of no where. I have had breakouts in the past but nothing like this. At first I thought it was an allergic reaction. I work in the operating room and wear surgical masks most of the day. I decided to go to the dermatologist and she prescribed me Ziana. She told me I had adult acne and that it was not an allergic reaction.Within one week my skin was much clearer. It has now been 2 weeks and the results have been great. A small amount on dry skin here and there but that is the only complaint. I am very pleased and hope the great results continue.”

9 / 10
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Mayalaama · Taken for 1 to 6 months December 20, 2015

Ziana (clindamycin / tretinoin): “I have been on Biacna (Canadian Ziana) for about a month now. For the first couple weeks my skin flared up like crazy and my face was peeling. Now I am finally starting to see my acne, which varied from cysts to moderate, disappear. I am hoping once my face becomes completely clear to see my acne marks fade. IMPORTANT: do not use any astringents or lemon/citrus or benzyl peroxide or tea tree oil while on this because it counteracts the chemicals in Biacna. GOOD LUCK and keep going xx”

9 / 10
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Myacneexperience August 6, 2015

Ziana (clindamycin / tretinoin): “I wanted to post a review of this product to help others who are struggling with acne and/or first starting this medication. I know when I first started ziana about 2 months ago I was looking through all the message boards I could to find reviews on what the experience was like for people! I am 20 years old and have mild acne and clogged pores. Nothing else I tried would get rid of my pimples. I started ziana and yes, it does get worse before it gets better. I had moderate acne and tons of little tiny zits showing up all over my cheeks. The medication was bringing all my clogged pores and acne to the surface. This lasted about 3-4 weeks until I started noticing a significant change. Now,after only like 2 months, my skin is almost perfect”

8 / 10
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Chi town Girl May 7, 2019

Veltin (clindamycin / tretinoin): “This medicine Veltin is incredible, I am 39 and still get acne if my skin is left untreated. It became particularly bad following a very stressful month at work - I mean, so bad it was embarrassing, with big red zits, some I could pop, others wouldn’t pop and just festered away for ages -just gross. I went on Veltin and six months later I feel like a skin model. I can’t believe how good my skin looks. Zero acne. Nothing but a few blackheads around my nose from time to time that can easily be extracted. Plus this medicine has rentinols in it which are the best thing for anti-aging. So this is my anti-aging and anti-acne super weapon rolled into one powerful gel. You have to be patient with this medicine, however. At first your face may be very dry. I apply once per day at night and moisturize immediately after with a Cera Ve moisturizing cream, which is cheap, over the counter, and doesn’t cause breakouts. That helps tremendously.”

10 / 10
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