What is Duac Gel?
Duac Gel is used to treat mild to severe acne, pimples, and spots — disorders caused by excessive amounts of sebum. Sebum is a chemical produced by the skin which can clog your pores and allow oil to build up, causing blackheads. Acne will occur if these blackheads become contaminated with germs. This commonly appears on the face, but it can also show on other regions of the body, notably the neck and upper back. Duac Gel specifically targets these pimples and assists in the prevention of new impurities.
Duac is an ideal alternative for people who are unable or unable to take oral antibiotics. It’s available in two strengths: Duac 3% (20mg) and Duac 5% (50mg). Duac may not be appropriate if you are using other acne treatments, especially if they are alcohol-based or include vitamin A.
How does it work?
Duac works as a topical antibiotic by killing the microorganisms that cause acne. The treatment works fast — improving your condition during the first month of treatment and fully eradicating your acne after three months. Following that, it is recommended that the spot cream be continued to prevent the acne from reappearing.
Duac Gel works by combining two active ingredients: clindamycin and benzoyl peroxide.
Clindamycin and benzoyl peroxide
Clindamycin is an antibiotic that inhibits bacterial reproduction. Any remaining bacteria are killed by benzoyl peroxide, which reduces pimples and acne. Clindamycin is a macrolide antibiotic and one of the most regularly used antibiotics for acne treatment. Benzoyl peroxide removes clogs from the skin’s pores and also has an antimicrobial effect.
What is acne?
Acne is a common non-contagious skin ailment that affects many people at some point in their lives. Its severity varies by individual and can range from tiny whiteheads and patches to huge pustules and cysts. According to the NHS, around 80% of adults between the ages of 11 and 30 may suffer from acne at some point in their lives.
For less serious cases of acne, introducing a regular washing practice may be sufficient to help symptoms clear up. Squeezing any spots should be avoided since this could result in scarring. Most people’s acne symptoms improve with age, but occasionally acne persists throughout adulthood.
Duac Gel for acne scars
While Duac Gel is primarily intended to treat acne and destroy acne-causing bacteria, some users report that it also helps to reduce acne scar visibility. The best way to prevent acne scarring is by resisting the urge to pop or pick at acne spots. Duac should be applied once a day, preferably in the evening
To apply, wash and rinse the affected area with warm water, then softly dry it. squeeze some Duac Gel out of the tube and apply it to your skin.
Like many acne treatments, Duac Gel will take time to work. Most people will see an improvement after one month. However, if there is no progress after two months, the medication should be discontinued.
Duac Gel Ingredients
Active ingredients: clindamycin and hydrous benzoyl peroxide.
Other ingredients: carbomer 940, dimethicone, disodium lauryl sulfosuccinate, disodium edetate, glycerol, silica (colloidal hydrated), poloxamer 182, purified water and sodium hydroxide clindamycin, and hydrous benzoyl peroxide.
Dual Gel Side Effects
Common side effects include:
- Red, inflamed skin
- Sensitivity to sunlight
- Sensations of skin burning
- Dry, peeling, itching skin
If you begin to experience more serious side effects, consult a doctor immediately.
Duac Gel warnings
Only use Duac Gel on your skin and always keep it away from your lips, mouth, or eyes. It’s also advisable to avoid using Duac Gel on broken skin.
It’s normal to experience some redness or peeling of your skin when first using Duac Gel. If the skin continues to become irritated though, it’s best to reduce the number of applications and use an oil-free moisturiser instead.
Don’t let Duac Gel come into contact with hair or fabric — clothing, towels, bed linen, furniture, or carpets, should all be protected, as the gel is likely to bleach these materials.
Duac Gel might make your skin more vulnerable to the sun’s damaging rays, too. Avoid using sunbeds or lights, and limit your time in the sun when using the treatment.
Check with a medical professional before using this medicine if:
- You suffer from any of the following health problems: regional enteritis, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, or antibiotic-associated colitis.
- Stop taking Duac Gel and call your doctor right away if you get severe stomach pains or persistent diarrhea.
Please ensure you have read the Patient Information Leaflet thoroughly before use.
Duac Gel links
- Duac 3% Gel Patient Information Leaflet from the Electronic Medicines Compendium.
- Duac 5% Gel Patient Information Leaflet from the Electronic Medicines Compendium.
- Duac Gel (3% & 5%) available for purchase online from The Independent Pharmacy.
- Duac Prescribing Information from Drugs.com.