Zindaclin 1% Gel

  • Treats Acne breakouts
  • Kills bacteria on the skin
  • Prevents pores form blocking
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What is Zindaclin gel?

Zindaclin gel is a topical antibiotic medicine that is used in the treatment of acne. It works to reduce spots and redness caused by this skin problem.

It contains a medicine called clindamycin phosphate, which fights the bacteria that causes acne. Zindaclin can be used by adults and children over 12 years of age.

You must have a prescription to be able to buy Zindaclin gel.

What is Zindaclin gel used to treat?

Zindaclin gel is prescribed to treat acne breakouts that are painful and irritating. It contains the active ingredient clindamycin phosphate and works by reducing the amount of bacteria on the skin. It also prevents the skin's pores from becoming blocked, which stops new spots from forming.

Additionally, Zindaclin gel can help to reduce the redness created by the spots you may already have.

Acne and its symptoms

Acne is a very common affliction which can occur in any stage of a person's life, particularly during adolescence. Around 95% of people between the ages of 11 and 30 are affected by acne to some extent.

It is commonly caused by changes in hormone levels in the body. This causes the skin to produce an excess of sebum (oil). Bacteria that live on the skin, called P. acnes, break down the sebum for nutrients.

Acne appears when the excessive amount of sebum and bacteria clogs the skin’s pores. This causes inflammation, which creates redness and spots.

How does Zindaclin work?

Zindaclin’s active ingredient, clindamycin phosphate, is an antibiotic medicine which works to stop bacteria from growing. This gel works to destroy the harmful bacteria, which then stops the pores from being blocked. As a result, the redness and irritation is relieved.

Zindaclin gel dose

Apply Zindaclin to the affected areas once a day. Do not apply the gel to healthy areas of skin.

  1. Use a mild soap to wash the affected area gently. Rinse with warm water and pat dry before applying the gel.
  2. Apply a thin layer of the gel to the whole of the affected area. Do not just apply to individual spots.
  3. Wash your hands after applying the gel.

Most acne treatments will not produce results straight away. It will likely take several weeks for Zindaclin to noticeably improve your acne, meaning you will normally need to use it for several months.

It is important you complete the course of treatment laid out by your doctor, otherwise there is a risk that your acne may come back.

Always read the Patient information leaflet, which will come with your gel, before you start to use it.

Dosage instructions from NICE.

Tips when applying Zindaclin

Do not apply Zindaclin to anywhere on your body that does not have spots.

Do not pick or squeeze your spots; this can make acne worse and lead to scarring.

Do not over-apply or apply thick layers of the gel onto the affected areas; this will not treat the spots any faster.

Who can use Zindaclin gel?

Zindaclin gel may not be suitable for everyone to use.

Before using Zindaclin, inform your doctor if any of the below apply to you:

  • You are allergic to clindamycin phosphate or any of the other ingredients contained in this medicine (refer to the Ingredients tab for full details)
  • You are allergic to the antibiotic lincomycin
  • You suffer from inflammatory bowel disease
  • You have had diarrhoea while taking any antibiotics in the past
  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding

This medication should not be used by children who are under 12 years old. Breastfeeding women should also not use Zindaclin as the medicine can pass into the breast milk.

This information may not be exhaustive. Read the patient information leaflet for a full list of warnings.

Can you buy Zindaclin gel over the counter?

No, Zindaclin gel is only available to buy on prescription. It is not for sale over the counter.

Can you buy Zindaclin gel online in the UK?

Zindaclin gel can be ordered online from Medicine Direct, but as this is a prescription-only medicine (POM), you will first need to fill out a confidential online consultation form. This is so one of our registered prescribers can make sure that Zindaclin gel is an appropriate treatment for your condition.

For your own safety, you should only order medicine online from regulated pharmacies, like Medicine Direct. We are regulated by official councils such as the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), so we can guarantee only approved and genuine medication. See our About Us page for more details.

Zindaclin gel alternatives

A range of topical medicines are available from Medicine Direct to treat acne, including:

  • Acnecide
  • Differin gel
  • Dalacin T lotion
  • Zineryt lotion
  • Duac gel

Alternatively, oral antibiotics such as Erythromycin, Minocycline or Oxytetracycline can also be purchased after completing an online consultation.

Visit the Acne product page to see the full range of medicines we stock to treat this condition.

Zindaclin Gel Dosage

Always follow your doctor's instructions when using Zindaclin Gel. Always read the patient information leaflet thoroughly. Ask your doctor if you are not sure of anything.

Our pharmacists and prescribers follow NICE prescribing guidelines when prescribing Zindaclin Gel.

Zindaclin Gel is only to be used externally; do not swallow the medicine. If you accidentally ingest Zindaclin Gel, seek medical attention immediately.

Avoid contact with the eyes and the insides of your nose and mouth when applying the treatment.

What if I forget to apply it?

If you forget to apply Zindaclin Gel, just apply it as soon as you remember. Do not apply the treatment more than once in a day; this will not treat your acne any more effectively.

To effectively treat acne, it is important that you use Zindaclin Gel consistently. To ensure you don't forget to apply it, try to apply it at the same time every day, to get into a routine. Some people find it beneficial to set an alarm to remind them.

How long will it take to work?

Acne treatments can take several weeks to take effect, so you might not see any changes for a few weeks. Keep up your applications to ensure progress. It can take several months until the full effect is noticeable.

If the gel doesn't work, keep taking it for the prescribed length of time and return to your doctor at the end of this time if you do not notice any improvement.

Use it for as long as your doctor tells you to.

What if I use too much?

Do not worry if you accidentally apply too much Zindaclin; just wash the gel off thoroughly.

Contact your doctor if you become worried.

How effective is Zindaclin at treating acne?


Zindaclin is a proven treatment for reducing the redness and inflammation that comes with acne. It also works to stop new spots from forming.

How long does Zindaclin take to treat acne?


Although several antibiotics make effective acne treatments, the condition often responds slowly to them. Therefore, it may take between 4 and 8 weeks before you see the full benefit of using Zindaclin gel. Treatment may take between 3 and 6 months. For the fastest results, it is important you remember to use the gel every day.

Can clindamycin fade dark spots?


Clindamycin can effectively reduce facial acne and the redness that comes with the condition.

Can I moisturise while using Zindaclin gel?


You can use a moisturiser while using Zindaclin. However, it should not be applied until Zindaclin has had time to be absorbed into the skin.

Should I wash off Zindaclin?


No, you should wash your face before applying the gel, but you should leave it to work on your acne once applied.

Is Zindaclin safe?


This gel is considered to be safe for most people, although women who are pregnant should speak to their doctor before using it. Zindaclin should not be used by anyone under 12 years of age or by breastfeeding women.

Can I wear makeup?


Yes, you can wear makeup while using Zindaclin. However, you should not apply any makeup products to the affected area of skin until the gel has had time to absorb. To reduce acne symptoms, it is advisable to limit how much makeup you apply. You should also make sure that you wash it all off thoroughly at the end of the day.

How long can you use Zindaclin gel for?


You will normally need to use Zindaclin for between 3 and 6 months without taking a break from treatment. Follow your doctor’s instructions.

Can Zindaclin treat rosacea?


This medicine is not prescribed for rosacea, but there are numerous topical treatments for this condition.

Zindaclin Gel Side Effects

Stop using the gel and speak to your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following adverse effects:

  • You have inflammation of the bowel
  • You have bloody diarrhoea
  • You have bloody mucus

In rare cases, it is possible to suffer a severe allergic reaction to Zindaclin Gel.

Either call 999 or go to A&E straight away if you experience any of the following symptoms – you could require immediate treatment in hospital:

  • You have swelling in the mouth, lips, throat, tongue or face
  • You are finding it difficult to breathe or speak
  • You have tightness in the chest or throat
  • You have a skin rash that is red, itchy, swollen, blistered or peeling skin
  • You are wheezing

This list might not be exhaustive. Always read the patient information leaflet thoroughly before you start to use Zindaclin Gel, for a comprehensive list of side effects.

If you have any questions or concerns at all about using this medicine, we strongly advise you to speak to your doctor.

Warnings and drug interactions

You should always make sure you inform your doctor if you are already taking any medicines; this includes prescription and non-prescription medication, herbal remedies, vitamins and supplements. Do not use this medication if you are taking medicines that interact with the ingerdients in Zindaclin gel.

Never order medicine online unless it is from a pharmacy that is registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council, like Medicine Direct. Order with us receive your medicine in just a few short working days. If you order with us before 2 PM, we can offer you next day delivery.

If you have any questions or concerns, we strongly advise you to speak to your doctor for more information.

Pregnancy and breastfeeding

You should inform your doctor before you start to use Zindaclin Gel if you are currently pregnant, think you may be pregnant, or are trying to get pregnant. Tell your doctor if you become pregnant during your course of treatment.

Clindamycin phosphate can get into your breast milk, so this medicine is not recommended for use by women who are currently breastfeeding. Speak to your doctor if you suffer from acne and are currently breastfeeding.

For more information on using Zindaclin gel during pregnancy and breastfeeding

Zindaclin Gel Ingredients

The active ingredient in this medication is clindamycin phosphate.

Each tube also contains: propylene glycol, purified water, ethanol, zinc acetate, hydroxyethylcellulose and sodium hydroxide.

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This page has recently been medically reviewed by Sonia Khan MPharm: 2076091

Updated on: 28/08/2021

This content has been written by our Superintendent Pharmacist Hussain Abdeh and has been medically reviewed by our Pharmacist Sonia Khan

Hussain Abdeh Superintendent Pharmacist at Medicine Direct

Hussain Abdeh
MPharm: 2211840

Pharmacist Independent Prescriber

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