Frequently asked
questions about Acanya

1. What are the medicinal ingredients in Acanya?

Clindamycin phosphate, 1.2% and benzoyl peroxide, 2.5%.

2. How does Acanya work?

See the table below to see how the unique combination of ingredients in Acanya works to fight acne.

peroxide, 2.5%
Clindamycin phosphate, 1.2%
  • Potent antimicrobial
  • Kills P. acnes bacteria that lead to inflammation
  • Reduces comedone (plugged follicles that can lead to acne) formation
  • Antibiotic
  • Reduces levels of P. acnes and decreases inflammation (swelling)

3. How effective was Acanya in studies?

In 2813 patients with moderate-to-severe acne, the patients who received Acanya showed:

  • Reduced inflammatory lesions (papules & pustules) by 55%*
  • Reduced non-inflammatory lesions (comedones) by 43%*
  • 67% reported an improvement*
  • 81% were satisfied with Acanya Gel*
    (vs. 57% of patients receiving vehicle)*

*At week 12 of treatment; pooled results from 2 double-blind randomized, controlled studies (Acanya: n=797; vehicle: n=395).
Self-rated as “clear,” “almost clear,” or having “marked improvement; n=729.
Subjects were instructed at week 12: On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being the least satisfied and 10 being the most satisfied, please rate your level of satisfaction with your current acne study treatment.

4. Is Acanya irritating to the skin?

Acanya shows little skin irritation. In patients taking Acanya, there was a low rate of itching, burning or stinging. The following side effects were seen in less than 0.2% of patients treated with Acanya Gel:

  • Application-site pain
  • Application-site peeling
  • Application-site irritation

Most local skin reactions increased and peaked at around week 4, and were back to pre-treatment levels by week 12.

5. When should Acanya not be used?

Do not use Acanya if you have Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis or had inflammation of the colon (colitis) or severe diarrhea with past antibiotic use. Talk to your doctor if you are not sure if you have one of these conditions.

6. What should I tell my doctor before starting treatment with Acanya?

Before using Acanya, tell your doctor about all of your medical conditions, including if you:

  • Have any allergies.
  • Have any other medical conditions.
  • Are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. It is not known if Acanya will harm your unborn baby.
  • Are breast-feeding or plan to breast-feed. It is not known if Acanya passes into your breast milk. One of the medicines in Acanya contains clindamycin. Clindamycin when taken by mouth or by injection has been reported to appear in breast milk. You and your doctor should decide whether you will use Acanya while breast-feeding.

Tell your doctor about all the medicines and skin products you use. Especially tell your doctor if you will have surgery with general anesthesia. One of the medicines in Acanya (clindamycin) can affect how certain medicines work when used in general anesthesia.

  • Acanya should not be used with products that contain erythromycin.
  • Other skin and topical acne products may increase the irritation of your skin when used with Acanya.

Know the medicines you take. Keep a list of them and show it to your doctor and pharmacist when you get a new medicine.

7. How often do I use Acanya?

Acanya is applied once a day.

8. How do I use Acanya and for how long?

Use Acanya exactly as prescribed. Your doctor will tell you how long it should be used for. Discard any unused medication.

To use Acanya:

  • Wash your face gently with a mild soap, rinse with warm water, and pat your skin dry.
  • Use the pump to dispense one pea-sized amount of Acanya Gel onto your fingertip. This should be enough to cover your entire face.
  • Dot the one pea-sized amount of Acanya Gel onto six areas of your face (chin, left cheek, right cheek, nose, left forehead, right forehead). Spread the gel over your whole face and gently rub it in.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water.

If your doctor tells you to put Acanya Gel on other areas of your skin with acne, ask how much you should use. Do not get Acanya Gel in your mouth, eyes, or nose, or on your lips. If this occurs, rinse with warm water and call your doctor right away if the area becomes very red, itchy, tender, or swollen.

9. How should Acanya be stored?

  • Store Acanya at room temperature or below 25oC (77oF)
  • The expiration date of Acanya is 10 weeks from the date you fill your prescription
  • Do not freeze
  • Keep the container tightly closed

10. What are side effects seen with Acanya?

Like any medication, Acanya may cause side effects. Acanya can cause serious side effects including:

  • Inflammation of the colon (colitis). Stop using Acanya Gel and call your doctor right away if you have severe watery diarrhea, or bloody diarrhea.
  • Allergic reactions. Stop using Acanya Gel, call your doctor and get help right away if you have any of the following symptoms:
    • Severe itching
    • Swelling of your face, eyes, lips, tongue or throat
    • Trouble breathing

Common side effects with Acanya Gel include:

  • Skin irritation. Stop using Acanya Gel and call your doctor if you have a skin rash or your skin becomes very red, itchy or swollen.

11. Does Acanya contain a lot of additives?

No. Acanya is made up of mostly water. It contains a small amount of propylene glycol for solubilization and moisturization and a polymeric gelling agent. Acanya is free of preservatives, parabens or surfactants.

12. Is Acanya fragrance-free?

Yes. Acanya is fragrance-free.

13. Can I use Acanya under make-up or sunscreen?

Yes. Acanya can be used under make-up and sunscreen.

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