- Dual action daily gel
- 3% and 5% strengths
- Night time application
- Kills acne causing bacteria
NOTE: After requesting this medication, you will need to complete a short assessment, so our GP or Pharmacist can assess if the treatment is suitable for you. Pricing is provided as a reference only. The final decision on issuing this medication remains with our GP / Pharmacist.
Duac Gel UK
You can request to buy Duac dual action acne gel online from our UK registered online pharmacy and doctor service. To see if you are suitable for this treatment, complete the online assessment and checkout. Our UK registered doctors will review the order, and if approved, pass a prescription to the pharmacy team. We will then dispense and dispatch your order to your chosen address.
What is Duac?
Duac gel is a commonly prescribed and effective topical treatment for acne. It is used in cases of mild to moderate acne which have not responded to antibiotics or peeling agents alone. It has two ingredients which combine both of the main acne treatments. These are;
- Clindamycin – Clindamycin is an antibiotic and is perhaps the most commonly used antibiotic for acne.
- Benzoyl peroxide – This is a peeling agent which works to remove blockages of excess sebum from the skin pores. In addition, benzoyl peroxide also has an anti-bacterial action.
How Does Duac Work?
Duac has a dual mechanism of action. Clindamycin is an antibiotic which works to kill bacteria which grows on the skin and can exacerbate spots and zits. Meanwhile, the benzoyl peroxide in Duac helps prevents pores on the skin becoming blocked. Blocked pores can often lead to spots and zits due to infection. By reducing the number of blocked pores and decreasing the chance of blocked pores becoming infected, Duac is an effective treatment in reducing the appearance of red and inflamed spots in people who suffer from acne.
What alternatives are there to Duac?
Before using Duac or any prescription treatment, you should try over the counter products first, as these may be enough to control your acne. One of the most common ingredients in pharmacy treatments for acne is benzoyl peroxide. As discussed, this helps prevent acne by killing skin bacteria and stopping the pores of your skin from getting blocked. An example of a pharmacy acne gel is Acnecide. This is available as both a gel, and a wash.
A good self care guide for acne is available from the British Skin Foundation.
If over the counter treatments are unsuccessful, you can also use other antibiotic based acne treatments such as Lymecycline and Zineryt. Retinoid based treatments such as Differin and Epiduo gels are also available and are commonly issued by GPs to treat acne.
How Is Duac Applied?
When should I use Duac?
What does Duac do?
What are the side effects of Duac?
Can I use Duac gel more than once daily?
Can I apply more Duac Gel?
How long does Duac take to work?
|Ingredients||Clindamycin / Benzoyl Peroxide||Adapalene||Lymecycline|
|Action||Dual action on bacteria; antibiotic and skin shedding||Helps unblock pores and reduce inflammation||Antibiotic kills bacteria|
|Oral or Topical?||Topical||Topical||Oral|
|Directions||Apply thin layer at night after washing.||Apply thin layer at night after washing.||Take ONE capsules DAILY (preferably in the morning)|
Side effects of Duac
Duac side effects usually occur on the skin. The most common side effects experienced when using the gel are
- skin dryness
- redness /irritation/itching
These side effects are as a result of the benzoyl peroxide which has a drying effect on the skin. If these side effects are problematic, you may find applying the gel once every two nights may still be effective, yet lessen the irritation experienced. If the redness or inflammation is sever, however, you should discontinue treatment and see your GP.
Less commonly, Duac can cause stomach upsets and in rare cases, you may experience bad diarrhoea. Stop using this treatment immediately and speak to your GP if you develop severe diarrhoea after using Duac. As Duac contains an antibiotic, it should not be used with other antibiotic treatments, as this will increase the likelihood of this side effect.
Before taking any medication, it is important to read the Patient Information Leaflet. You can find information leaflets for your medicines by typing them into the search bar at medicines.org, or by contacting us.
Cautions when using Duac
Duac can cause your skin to become sensitive to sunlight. As a precautionary measure, you should wear sunscreen and hats to avoid exposure to direct sunlight.
If pregnant or breastfeeding, you should avoid using Duac unless on specific advice from a dermatologist.
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