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Updated on 26 Mar 2024

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Treclin gel is a topical acne treatment normally used for the treatment of moderate acne. It works by promoting growth of new skin cells and stopping the build-up of sebum.

Treclin gel contains a combination of two active ingredients. Clindamycin, an antibiotic that attacks bacteria on the skin, and tretinoin, a retinoid that reduces skin cells ability to stick together. This allows dead skin cells to be shed instead of blocking hair follicles. This helps to treat blackheads, whiteheads, papules and redness.

Treclin gel is only available with a prescription. NowPatient offers Treclin gel as a treatment for acne only, following an online consultation with a healthcare professional.

Key facts of Treclin gel

  • For the treatment of moderate acne
  • Treclin gel takes a few weeks to build up an effect. It is normally prescribed for 10-12 weeks
  • Treclin gel has some common side effects which include skin irritation and dry skin
  • It can be dangerous if you take Treclin gel with certain medications. If you’re not sure if it is safe, discuss this with the prescribing clinician
  • Treclin gel is for topical use only
  • Treclin gel is not recommended for the treatment of mild acne vulgaris
  • Do not use Treclin gel at the same time as other topical treatments
  • Avoid cleansers, scrubbing solutions, abrasive soaps and cosmetics with strong drying effects
  • Treclin gel may make your skin more sensitive to light, causing sunburn. Use sunscreen with SPF 30 if you are exposed to strong sunlight
  • Resistance may occur with other antibiotics such as lincomycin or erythromycin

Who is Treclin gel not suitable for?

Treclin gel may not be suitable for some people. To make sure it’s safe for you, speak to the prescribing clinician before using Treclin gel if you:

  • Have hypersensitivity to clindamycin, tretinoin, or lincomycin
  • Have ulcerative colitis, or antibiotic-associated colitis
  • Have a family history of skin cancer
  • Have acute eczemas, rosacea or perioral dermatitis

How and where to get Treclin gel?

Treclin gel is available on prescription. It is not available over the counter.

NowPatient does not allow customers to buy Treclin gel directly. Our service is certified, safe and effective, and we only ever treat conditions. If you book a consultation with one of our prescribers for the treatment of moderate acne, you can discuss if Treclin gel is a suitable treatment option for you.

At the end of the consultation, the clinician will decide if a treatment plan is suitable for you. If it is, the clinician will issue you with a prescription which can then be ordered, paid for and delivered directly to your chosen address by NowPatient.

Dosage and strength for Treclin gel for acne

Treclin gel 1%/0.025% is available as a translucent yellow gel when used for acne. It is manufactured by Meda Pharmaceuticals and comes in 30g tubes.

Information about how to use Treclin gel for acne

Treclin gel should be applied once daily at bedtime. Before using the gel, wash your face with mild soap and warm water. Pat dry with a towel. Using a pea-sized amount on one fingertip, dot the gel onto the face and gently rub in over your entire face.

Use Treclin gel as directed by your healthcare provider. Also, make sure you read the patient information leaflet given to you.

What happens if you use too much Treclin gel?

You should talk to your doctor or reach out to one of our prescribing clinicians, if you have used too much Treclin gel and you experience any side effects.

What are the side effects of Treclin gel?

Side effects of Treclin gel are split into common and serious.

Common side effects include:

  • Stinging or skin pain
  • Skin irritation
  • Burning sensation
  • Redness of the skin
  • Dry skin
  • Itching

Serious side effects include:

  • Prolonged diarrhoea or abdominal cramps may indicate antibiotic-associated colitis

If you experience any serious side effects, you should contact NHS 111.

If you experience a serious allergic reaction with the signs shown below you should contact emergency services on 999.

  • Your lips, mouth, throat or tongue suddenly become swollen
  • You’re breathing very fast or struggling to breathe (you may become very wheezy or feel like you’re choking or gasping for air)
  • Your throat feels tight or you’re struggling to swallow
  • Your skin, tongue or lips turn blue, grey or pale (if you have black or brown skin, this may be easier to see on the palms of your hands or soles of your feet)
  • You suddenly become very confused, drowsy or dizzy
  • Someone faints and cannot be woken up

Always report adverse effects to the MHRA yellow card reporting system. You can read more about this here How and where do I report side effects of my medication?

Information about using Treclin gel at the same time as other medications or herbal supplements

There is not enough evidence to suggest there are any drug interactions between herbal supplements and Treclin gel. In any event, you should let your prescribing clinician know if you are taking any herbal supplements.

Caution is advised if using keratolytic agents such as benzoyl peroxide, resorcinol or chemical abrasives.

Why might Treclin gel not work for acne?

If you stop using Treclin gel or are not consistent with your use, improvements may disappear over time.

Can Treclin gel used for acne be used long term?

You should not exceed 12 weeks of continuous treatment with Treclin gel without evaluation from a healthcare provider.

Is there a herbal Treclin gel?

No. Herbal Treclin gel does not exist. If you have been marketed such a formulation, it may be fake.

Can women use Treclin gel?

Women of childbearing potential can use Treclin gel for the treatment of moderate acne only if contraception is used during treatment and for 4 weeks after stopping treatment. It is also advised that Treclin gel is not used by women who are breastfeeding due to insufficient data.

Should I avoid any particular food or drink when taking Treclin gel?

You can eat and drink normally when using Treclin gel.

What lifestyle changes can I make to help me with acne?

Lifestyle changes you can make include:

  • Not washing affected areas of skin more often than twice a day as this may irritate your skin and make spots worse
  • Washing affected skin with a mild soap or cleanser and lukewarm water
  • Never squeeze spots as this can cause permanent scars
  • Not to use too much make-up or cosmetics and use water-based make-up and toiletries that are less likely to block skin pores

Alternatives to Treclin gel

Alternatives for the treatment of acne include benzoyl peroxide gels such as Acnecide, topical antibiotics such as Zineryt lotion, retinoids such as Differin, Epiduo, and Skinoren.


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NowPatient has taken all reasonable steps to ensure that all material is factually accurate, complete, and current. However, the knowledge and experience of a qualified healthcare professional should always be sought after instead of using the information on this page. Before taking any drug, you should always speak to your doctor or another qualified healthcare provider.

The information provided here about medications is subject to change and is not meant to include all uses, precautions, warnings, directions, drug interactions, allergic reactions, or negative effects. The absence of warnings or other information for a particular medication does not imply that the medication or medication combination is appropriate for all patients or for all possible purposes.

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