Why mixing Eskinol and clindamycin for acne treatment should never be tolerated

Acnes and pimples are undoubtedly disgusting and somehow self-degrading. It is one of the most common skin problems not only for teenagers but also for people of all ages. Thankfully, a lot of skincare trends have existed in the social media giving hope for many to achieve fair and clear looking skin. However, as they say, not everything that can be seen on the internet is as good as they are told to be!

One of the skincare trends that has been circulating now in various social media platforms is the mixing of "Eskinol," a facial cleanser, and clindamycin (common brand Dalacin C), an antibiotic. Actually, this practice was already common among Filipinos long before, especially during the time when clindamycin is not yet regulated or can be bought without being prescribed by a doctor. Nowadays, you cannot buy it in pharmacies unless you present a prescription. However, there are some who still manage to buy pieces for their self medication.

The procedure is simple. You just have to open the capsule where the clindamycin is enclosed. Once the capsule is open, you have to pour all the powder in a bottle of Eskinol and mix them thoroughly. And just like that, you will have an instant "weapon" against your acne or pimple enemies.

While many testify that the solution can really solve the said skin problem, health experts strongly disagree and discourage people from including r clindamycin in their skincare routine. But what is with this drug that made them advise people to consult doctors instead of using it? Is it because they are running out of patients to earn from or there is  something more that concerns people's safety?

To better understand, let us first know what acne or pimple is.

According to Mayo Clinic, acne is a skin condition that happens "when the hair follicles become plugged with oil and dead skin cells" causing whitehead (a close clogged pore) blackheads (an open clogged pore), and pimples (a papule or bump filled with pus).

Acne can be triggered  by stress, hormonal changes, diet, or certain medications but the main factor that can cause it is the bacteria (called cutibacterium) that can cause inflammation or infection.

What is clindamycin on the other hand?

Clindamycin, as explained by WebMd, is an antibiotic that  can be used to treat a variety of bacterial infections. The most common brand of it is Dalacin C. This drug works by slowing or stopping bacteria to grow or reproduce. 

So if Clindamycin is used to treat bacterial infection, then why can't it be used for acne?

This is because the consumption of any antibiotic must be under the supervision of a doctor to ensure proper use. If antibiotics like clindamycin are used improperly, it will yield various side effects and it will lead to antimicrobial resistance (AMR). This means that the bacteria causing the acne will be immune or resistant to the antibiotic. Ordinary or low dosage antibiotics then can no longer stop or kill the bacteria, therefore a stronger or higher dosage of antibiotics will be required. In short, a more expensive treatment will be needed.

In addition, the fact that clindamycin, such as the Dalacin C, is enclosed in a capsule means that it is for oral use and should not be consumed on the other way around. There are clindamycin that comes in a topical form or can be directly applied to skin to specifically treat acne but then again, usage must be under the supervision of a doctor.

In conclusion, doctors never tolerate the use of clindamycin for acne and other forms of self-medication especially those involving antibiotics because they are trying to lessen risks and danger for people. Testimonies are not a solid evidence that something really works for everyone. Remember, each body has a varying response over a drug or medication being given. What works for others  may not work for you or vice versa. It is more acceptable to change your lifestyle or try natural remedies to treat your acne than to play with antibiotics. If your skin problem is severe, you must then consider visiting your doctor. 

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