- Effective Treatment for Acne
- Simple Once-Daily Application at Night
Duac gel is used to treat acne. It is a topical gel that comes in two different strengths (3% and 5%). It contains two active ingredients that work in different ways to treat acne-causing bacteria. Benzoyl Peroxide is a peeling agent that works by clearing the pores in the skin, whilst Clindamycin is an antibiotic that fights the bacteria that causes outbreaks in the skin. The gel is designed for use once a day, usually in the evening before bedtime.
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Duac is a medication that is used to treat mild or moderate acne, spots, and pimples. These conditions appear on your skin because of an overproduction of a chemical called sebum, clogging pores and allowing oil to build up, creating blackheads. If these blackheads become infected with bacteria they will develop into acne. This will usually present itself on the face; however it can appear on other parts of the body, particularly the neck and upper back. Duac Gel targets these pimples directly and aids in the prevention of new impurities.
How to use Duac Gel?
Duac is a once daily gel, meaning it should be applied once a day, usually in the evening. Before applying the acne cream, carefully wash and then rinse the area with warm water then dry gently. Squeeze some of the gel from the small tube and apply it to the skin with your fingers. Ideally you should use an acne wash which is oil free. Pat the skin when you dry it to avoid aggravation.
Like all acne medications, Duac will take a while to work. Most people will see an improvement after one month. If there is no improvement after two months then treatment should be stopped.
What Is Duac Gel?
Duac is a treatment for mild to moderate acne. It is available in gel form and contains two active ingredients - clindamycin, an antibiotic; and benzoyl peroxide, an antibacterial and keratolytic (peeling) agent, these 2 ingredients work together to kill the ACNE bacteria and minimise blackheads and whiteheads.
How Long Duac Take To Work?
After 2-5 weeks you should notice an improvement in your skin with daily use, with the maximum benefit visible in around 8-12 weeks. Treatment should only be continued up to a maximum of 12 weeks.
Is Duac an effective Acne treatment?
Duac is a treatment which combines two of the most commonly-used acne treatments. No treatment will completely cure acne, but Duac should remove 2/3 of blemishes within 30 days of use.
First, it contains clindamycin, which is the top antibiotic used to treat acne in both the UK and in Canada. Unlike minocycline (the primary treatment in the US), it will not cause teeth to become stained or discoloured.
The second component is benzoyl peroxide. This is the most popular ingredient in all acne treatments. It contains benzoin and hydrogen peroxide, which kill acne bacteria which remains after the clindamycin treatment. This combination of ingredients ensures that the bacteria will not become resistant to one antibiotic.
Does Duac gel cause dry skin?
1 in 10 patients who use Duac will notice dry skin to some extent. This may lead to mild redness and peeling where the treatment is applied.
This side effect may be more pronounced when Duac is used in combination with certain other medicines, cosmetics, toiletries or soaps. Specifically, products which contain isotretinoin, tretinoin and tazarotene may interact with benzoyl peroxide and lead to skin irritation. If you must use these products as well as Duac, try to spread out the time of day when you apply them.
How do I store Duac Gel?
Duac should be stored below 25°C and kept for a maximum of two months after opening. Keep all medications away from children.
Is Duac Gel safe during pregnancy?
Duac Gel is not recommended during pregnancy. This is because it contains Benzoyl Peroxide. Consult a medical professional for advice on a suitable alternative if you are pregnant.
Should I keep using my moisturiser alongside Duac?
A moisturiser will help to prevent dry skin, which is very important in treating acne. Moisturiser can be applied over a layer of Duac. However, do not use a moisturiser containing alcohol, as this may cause further skin irritation.
There are very few side effects associated with using Duac. Some people experience dry skin which can be managed using a non-greasy moisturiser. Others experience a stinging sensation when applying, but this subsides with time, or by applying the gel more thinly on the skin.
Clindamycin is an antibiotic which stops the bacteria from reproducing. Benzoyl peroxide then kills the bacteria, reducing pimples and acne.
Clindamycin is known as a macrolide antibiotic and is one of the most commonly used antibiotics for treating acne.
Benzoyl peroxide works by removing blockages from the skin’s pores, and also has an added antibacterial action.
Topical antibiotics such as Duac are an excellent choice for those who cannot take, or do not like to take, oral antibiotics.
Duac is manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline and is available for use in two strengths:
Duac 3% (20mg) and Duac 5% (50mg).