Salicylic Acid / Sulfacetamide / Clindamycin Face Pads


Salicylic Acid / Sulfacetamide / Clindamycin Face Pads are a combination of prescription drug products that have been formulated into a solution and come as saturated cloth pads to gently cleanse the skin, remove dead skin cells, stop the growth of bacteria, and prevent the formation of new blemishes. The continued use of this formula may result in visually smaller pores and clearer healthy skin.

Salicylic Acid

Salicylic acid is a beta-hydroxy acid that exfoliates skin and can improve its texture and color. It also helps with acne and acne scarring. Salicylic acid works by softening keratin, a protein that forms part of the skin structure. This helps to loosen dry scaly skin making it easier to remove. Side effects to salicylic acid are generally limited to mild local irritation.1, 2


Sulfacetamide has various uses in the field of dermatology due to its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. It has been shown to be effective in the management of a variety of inflammatory facial dermatoses, including rosacea, acne, and dermatitis.

Clindamycin Phosphate

Clindamycin is an antibiotic effective against anaerobic bacteria. Common side effects of topically applied clindamycin include irritation, itching, dryness, redness, and peeling.


Salicylic acid as a peeling agent has a number of indications, including acne vulgaris, melasma, photodamage, freckles, and lentigines. Sulfacetamide is topically used to treat rosacea, acne, and dermatitis. Topically applied clindamycin phosphate is useful for the treatment of acne vulgaris.

How Supplied

Patients that would benefit from the administration of alternative concentrations of the active ingredients or the combination of multiple ingredients into one preparation to increase patient compliance may opt for this compounded preparation as determined by a prescriber. Common formulations prepared at Galleria Medical Pharmacy include but are not limited to:

 Salicylic Acid 2% / Sulfacetamide 5% / Clindamycin Phosphate 0.5% Saturated Face Pads


Store this medication at 68°F to 77°F (20°C to 25°C) and away from heat, moisture and light. Keep all medicine out of the reach of children. Throw away any unused medicine after the beyond use date. Do not flush unused medications or pour down a sink or drain.


  1. Zander E, Weisman S. Treatment of acne vulgaris with salicylic acid pads. Clin Ther. Mar-Apr 1992;14(2):247-53.
  2. Tasleem Arif. Salicylic acid as a peeling agent: a comprehensive review. Clin Cosmet Investig Dermatol. 2015; 8: 455–461.
  3. James Q. Del Rosso. The Use of Sodium Sulfacetamide 10%-Sulfur 5% Emollient Foam in the Treatment of Acne Vulgaris. J Clin Aesthet Dermatol. 2009 Aug; 2(8): 26–29.
  4. Becker LE, et al. Topical clindamycin therapy for acne vulgaris. A cooperative clinical study. Arch Dermatol. 1981 Aug;117(8):482-5.
  5. Cleocin T (topical clindamycin phosphate) package insert. New York, NY: Pharmacia and Upjohn Company; 2019 Dec.


Compounding Pharmacy Statement

This preparation is compounded with drug components whose suppliers are registered with the FDA. While Galleria Medical Pharmacy adheres to USP <795> guidelines and applicable state and federal regulations to meet the required quality standards, the statements made regarding this preparation have not been evaluated by the FDA for safety or clinical effectiveness. As such, this preparation is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. For inquiries concerning this preparation, please contact (504) 267-9876.