Clindamycin & Benzoyl Peroxide
Duac Gel for Acne
A view from our expert
Duac Gel (5% & 3%) Information
Duac acne gel is a topical antibiotic medicine used to treat mild to moderate acne. If you are looking for an effective treatment to combat acne and don’t like taking oral antibiotics, then Duac may be the answer. Duac gel targets the bacteria that cause acne. It comes in two strengths: Duac 5% and Duac 3% gel. Each comes in two pack sizes – 30g and 60g. You can buy Duac once daily gel from the online clinic at Click2Pharmacy.
Studies show that when using Duac Gel for acne, it works within 2 days of use, quicker than other medicines.
|Medication Name||Duac Gel|
|Active Ingredients||Clindamycin and hydrous benzoyl peroxide|
|Other Ingredients||Carbomer 940, dimeticone, disodium lauryl sulfosuccinate, disodium edetate, glycerol, silica (colloidal hydrated), poloxamer 182, purified water and sodium hydroxide|
|Used to treat||Mild to Moderate|
in 30g and 60g tubes
|Other names by which this medication is known||Duac Acne Gel
Duac spot treatment
|Common side effects||Itching, peeling, or burning skin
Redness of the skin
|Who is this medication suitable for||Adults
Children over 12 years
|Do you need a prescription for it?||Yes|
|How should it be used?||Apply once a day at night|
|Patient Information Leaflet||Duac Gel Patient Information Leaflet|
How to use Duac Benzoyl Peroxide Gel
- Wash the skin with a mild cleanser and pat dry
- Apply a thin layer of Duac once daily gel all over the affected skin
- It is best to apply once a day in the evening
- Wash your hands after use
- Avoid applying on the eyes, mouth or inside your nose
- It may take between 2 to 6 weeks before you can see results
- You should not use Duac gel for more than 12 weeks
How to buy Duac online
You can buy Duac online from Click2Pharmacy. We offer Duac products as part of our prescription-based service. You will need to fill out a consultation form on our online clinic page, which is reviewed by one of our prescribing pharmacists. Once this is approved, it will be delivered discretely to your door.
What is Duac Gel used for?
Duac Gel is used to treat mild to moderate acne, including spots, pimples, blackheads, and whiteheads. It is applied directly onto the skin once daily.
Who is Duac acne treatment suitable for?
Duac acne treatment can be used by adults and children over the age of 12 years.
How does Duac Gel for acne work?
Duac acne spot gel is applied to the skin daily. The dual action active ingredients clindamycin and benzoyl peroxide work simultaneously. Clindamycin is an antibiotic that prevents bacteria from reproducing and controls the inflammation of the skin. Benzoyl peroxide reduces the number of whiteheads and blackheads by causing the top layer of skin to break down and shed. Another feature of benzoyl peroxide is that it kills bacteria. Both active ingredients make Duac spot treatment a good choice for treating mild to moderate acne.
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What are the side effects of Duac Gel?
Common side effects of Duac prescription treatment are:
- Itching, peeling, or burning skin
- Redness of the skin
These side effects tend to be mild. If you notice any of the above side effects, use Duac daily gel less often.
In rare cases, Duac can cause stomach cramps and diarrhoea as it contains an antibiotic. If you experience any severe side effects, you must stop using Duac acne gel and speak to your doctor or pharmacist.
For a full list of side effects, please read the patient information leaflet.
- Do NOT use Duac once daily gel on broken skin or if you have eczema.
- Duac gel may interfere with other acne medicines, so please speak to your doctor before starting the medication.
- Please note that Duac gel with benzoyl peroxide has bleaching properties, so it should be kept away from fabrics.
- For external use only.
- Keep out of the SIGHT and REACH of children.
Duac Acne Gel FAQs
Duac spot gel has two strengths: benzoyl peroxide 3%, clindamycin 1% and benzoyl peroxide 5%, clindamycin 1%. There are two pack sizes of each strength: Duac 30g gel and Duac 60g gel.
Duac 5% gel is a dual-action medicine that fights bacteria causing acne. Clindamycin is an antibiotic that stops bacteria from growing, and benzoyl peroxide kills bacteria. As a result, most people see an improvement in their skin within 30 days.
Duac gel can be used to treat moderate acne where there is inflammation of the skin. Cystic acne is a severe form of acne and so may require another form of treatment
Yes, Duac once daily gel can be used for back acne. Duac is applied directly onto the skin.
A thin layer of Duac gel should be applied to the entire affected area of the skin, not just individual spots. For example, if applying to the face, you should use a fingertip amount of Duac.
Acne caused by hormonal imbalances can be treated with Duac acne gel. However, contraceptive medication is also an option to restore hormonal balance and can be used alongside other topical products.
Duac daily gel can start to work in as little as 48 hours, although it can take between 2 and 6 weeks before you can see an improvement. You should not use Duac for more than 12 weeks.
Benzoyl peroxide can help with inflammation of the skin in rosacea. Your doctor or pharmacist can advise you if Duac gel is suitable for you.
Duac acne cream is not available. It comes in an easy to apply gel formulation
Duac acne medication is not recommended in pregnancy as there is only limited information on how safe it is to use. It is unknown if the ingredients in Duac gel can be passed into the mother’s milk, so for this reason, we cannot prescribe Duac to breastfeeding mothers.
Usually, any prescription medication would require an appointment with the doctor, but at Click2Pharmacy, we have prescribing pharmacists. This means you can buy Duac acne gel directly from us. All you need to do is fill out a consultation form, which our team will review. Once approved, your medication will be delivered to your door.
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