Treclin Gel (Clindamycin & Tretinoin)


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Treclin is a dual-action medicine used to treat acne. It contains an antibiotic that stops the bacteria on your skin from growing or multiplying, and it also contains an ingredient called Tretinoin that helps skin cells to shed naturally.

  • Treats facial acne
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  • Easy application
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Treclin gel is a medicine with an antibacterial action.

What Is Treclin Gel Used For?

Treclin Gel is used in the treatment of acne.

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For more information on the prescription medication patients should refer to the Treclin Gel patient information leaflet.

Treclin Gel for Acne

Treclin is a dual-action medicine. It contains an antibiotic that stops the bacteria on your skin from growing or multiplying, and it also contains an ingredient that helps skin cells to shed naturally (tretinoin), preventing whiteheads and blackheads from forming, which could become acne spots.

Acne can have both physical and mental effects, with spots often causing pain and irritation as well as embarrassment and self-consciousness. Treating acne simply and efficiently with Treclin gel, allows patients to feel good again.

It is important to note that people may have different experiences when they use Treclin Gel. If someone states that their medication did not work as they had hoped, it does not mean that it will not work for you. If you believe that Treclin Gel is the right medication for you then the best thing to do is give it a try, and judge the medication based on your own experiences. Reviews however should not be understated. Reading reviews can provide you with important advice and information that you may not have known, and can inform you on whether or not to start using Treclin Gel. If you are unsure about starting a medication you should always consult with your healthcare provider first.

Check out some independent Treclin Gel user reviews and experiences below.

Treclin Gel Before and After

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@zoey101returns Cringe but makes me proud xoxo #acne #cysticacne #roaccutane #treclin #skin ♬ original sound - zach
@suadobeid Me Treclin!!! Honestly can not recommend enough! #skin #skincare #treclin #cerave #acne #acnetreatment ♬ Baby - Aitch & Ashanti

Treclin gel is a prescription-only medication. Always follow the advice of your doctor and read the patient information leaflet provided in the medication packet.

To apply, start by washing your face gently with warm water and mild soap and then pat dry with a towel. Squeeze the prescribed amount of gel onto your fingertip, and then dab the gel onto the forehead, chin, nose and both cheeks, and then spread it gently and evenly across your whole face.

Treclin 1 /0.025 w/w Gel

Treclin contains the active ingredients clindamycin and tretinoin, at a strength of  1%/0.025% (equating to 10 mg/g and 0.25 mg/g) respectively.

How Long Does Treclin Gel Take To Work?

The recommended dose is a pea-sized amount of gel, applied once daily at bedtime. To get the best results with Treclin, you should not stop using it once your acne starts to clear up, but rather you should keep going as long as your doctor tells you to. Sometimes, treatment can take up to 12 weeks, but if it’s longer than this then contact your doctor for review.

If you forget to use your Treclin gel, skip the forgotten dose and move straight onto the next one. Don’t worry but don’t double up on your dose to make up for a missed one.

If you use more Treclin gel than you should, then you may experience side effects in regards to stomach problems like nausea, pains and diarrhoea. If they persist then contact your doctor. You should not knowingly use more than the prescribed amount of Treclin gel, as overdose will not improve or speed up results, but could irritate the skin further.

Treclin Gel Side Effects

Before taking Treclin gel, you should always first consult your doctor. You should not take Treclin gel if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant
  • if you are planning a pregnancy
  • if you are allergic to clindamycin, tretinoin, or any of the other ingredients of this medicine
  • if you are allergic to lincomycin
  • if you have a chronic inflammatory bowel disease (e.g. Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis)
  • if you have a history of colitis with past antibiotic use
  • if you or a member of your family have ever suffered from skin cancer
  • if you are suffering from acute eczema
  • if you are suffering from rosacea
  • if you are suffering from other acute inflammatory conditions of the skin
  • if you are suffering from certain special forms of acne vulgaris  

Your prescription of Treclin gel may also be affected by a number of other factors, so you should make your doctor aware if any of the following apply:

  • If you are a woman of childbearing potential, and you are not using contraception
  • If you have atopic eczema (chronic, itching inflammation of the skin)
  • If you are using other preparations on the skin including cosmetics.

Like many medications with active ingredients, Treclin can affect or be affected by other medicines. Particular medications that you may experience this with include the following:

  • any preparations that contain sulphur, salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide or rescinol or any chemical abrasives
  • medicated soaps cleansers or scrubbing solutions with strong drying effect
  • medicinal products containing erythromycin or metronidazole, aminoglycosides, other antibiotics or corticosteroids
  • neuromuscular blocking medicines e.g muscle relaxants
  • warfarin or similar medicines used to thin the blood
  • any other medicines including those that you have bought without a prescription

If you are taking any of the above medications, then you should make your doctor aware so that they can advise whether or not Treclin will be the best course of action for you.

Avoid contact of this medicine with the mouth, eyes, and any damaged skin. You should take caution when applying to sensitive skin and avoid exposure to natural (or artificial) sunlight during treatment, as it can make you more susceptible to sunburn. You should also take care with cosmetics, soaps and other skincare products while using Treclin, as anything with high levels of alcohol or acid should be avoided.

The most common side effects of using Treclin gel include:

  • Acne,
  • Dry skin,
  • Redness of the skin,
  • Increased sebum production,
  • Itching,
  • Rash, scaly rash, scaling of the skin
  • Sunburn
  • Application site reactions such as burning, or inflammation

Common Side Effects of Treclin Gel

Description of Side Effect

AcneThe development of pimples or blackheads on the skin
Dry skinThe skin becomes rough, scaly, and often itchy due to lack of moisture
Redness of the skinThe skin becomes inflamed, irritated, and can appear reddish in colour
Increased sebum productionThe skin produces more oil than normal, resulting in a shiny appearance and clogged pores
ItchingA sensation on the skin that causes a desire to scratch, often due to skin irritation or an allergic reaction
Rash, scaly rash, scaling of the skinA group of small red bumps or any changes in skin texture or colour that can be itchy, painful or scaly
SunburnA type of burn caused by overexposure to the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays
Application site reactions such as burning or inflammationReactions that occur at the site of application, such as burning, stinging, or inflammation of the skin

If you do experience one or more of these side effects and they persist or worsen, then inform your doctor right away. You should also contact your doctor if you notice any serious side effects.

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Treclin Gel Boots

At the time of writing, generic Treclin Gel is available at Boots. However, should you wish to purchase Treclin Gel at a better price, you can do so at UK Meds. Additionally, if you would like to purchase multiple Treclin Gel tubes, you can benefit from further savings at UK Meds.

Treclin Gel UK

You can safely buy Treclin gel online at UK Meds. You will first need to have an online consultation with a pharmacist independent prescriber before your order will be supplied. The online consultation will ensure that Treclin gel is the right medication for your medical condition.


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Medical Content Writer • Bachelor of Arts Degree

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