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Am J Clin Dermatol. 2001;2(4):263-6.

The combination formulation of clindamycin 1% plus benzoyl peroxide 5% versus 3 different formulations of topical clindamycin alone in the reduction of Propionibacterium acnes. An in vivo comparative study.

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  • 1Department of Dermatology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Isolates of Propionibacterium acnes resistant to one or more anti-acne antibiotics (most commonly erythromycin) are being increasingly reported, and the emergence of resistant strains can be associated with therapeutic failure of topical treatment.

OBJECTIVE:

Comparison of the in vivo effectiveness of the combination of clindamycin 1% plus benzoyl peroxide 5% in a gel formulation to that of each of 3 clindamycin 1% preparations (gel, lotion, and solution) with respect to reduction in counts of P. acnes cultured from the foreheads of healthy volunteers.

METHODS:

The effects of treatment with the 4 study drugs were compared in an open-label study. Cultures were collected before, after 1 week and after 2 weeks of treatment.

RESULTS:

Treatment with the combination formulation resulted in a 99.8% (> 2 logs) reduction in total propionibacterial numbers after 1 week of therapy compared with 30 to 62% (< 1 log) decreases for the different formulations of topical clindamycin alone. By the end of week 2, the combination had decreased P. acnes counts by more than 99.9% (> 3 logs) relative to reductions of from 88 to 95% (< or > 1 log) for the single agent formulations.

CONCLUSIONS:

Under the conditions of the present study, the combination of clindamycin 1% plus benzoyl peroxide 5% gel produced more rapid and highly significant reductions in P. acnes compared with formulations containing clindamycin alone.

PMID:
11705253
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