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Duac is the antibacterial gel used in treating acne. It directly attacks the source to prevent bacteria from growing under the skin cells that causes pimples and spots. It is an easy to apply topical gel used once or twice a day.

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UK Meds asked our favorite doctor, Dr. Christian Jessen, to explain Acne. Below is what he has to say.

Acne is a chronic inflammatory condition that affects the oil glands in your skin, resulting in whiteheads, blackheads, pimples, nodules and even painful cysts. It most commonly occurs during puberty but it can appear at any age. It's certainly the most common skin problem with at least 85% of people between the ages of 12 and 24 years suffering from it at some time.

Acne isn't dangerous, but it can be uncomfortable and psychologically distressing, and it can also lead to scars. Mild acne can be treated with over the counter medicines containing benzoil peroxide or salicylic acid, which helps to clear the blocked oil glands. Moderate to severe acne usually needs stronger medicines to be treated effectively, using oral antibiotics and also gels and creams which contain the same ingredients as over the counter treatments, but in stronger doses and they are often combined with an antibiotic.

If you're suffering from moderate to severe acne and you would like a prescription for stronger medication such as Duac, Minocin or Oxytetracycline, then UK Meds can assist you through their online doctor service.

- Dr. Christian Jessen

The video and article above is for information purposes only. They are not intended to diagnose a condition or prescribe a medicine. If you have any specific concerns about your health, please consult your GP or use our online doctor's service. You can follow Dr. Christian Jessen online on his Twitter account.

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What is Duac?

Duac is a prescription acne treatment that contains benzoyl peroxide and clindamycin phosphate, an antibiotic. The combination medication is used for the treatment of a certain type of acne – inflammatory acne vulgaris. The medication helps decrease the number of acne pimples. Clindamycin is an antibiotic that stops the growth of the bacteria that cause acne. Benzoyl peroxide reduces the production of oil in the skin to help keep the pores open, as well as limiting the growth of bacteria.

How does Duac work?

Duac is a combination medication composed of benzoyl peroxide and clindamycin phosphate.

Clindamycin is an antibiotic for the treatment of infections caused by bacteria. Clindamycin is active against a wide variety of bacteria, including Propionibacterium acnes, the bacteria associated with acne. This type of bacteria feeds on the sebum produced by the sebaceous glands in the skin. It produces waste products and fatty acids that irritate the sebaceous glands, making them inflamed and causing spots. The application of clindamycin to the skin controls the number of bacteria, controls the inflammation of the sebaceous glands, and allows the skin to heal.

Benzoyl peroxide is a type of medicine called keratolytic. It works by breaking down keratin, a protein that forms part of the structure of the skin. The application of benzoyl peroxide to the skin breaks down and shed the top layer of the skin cells. This helps break down the comedones and unblocks the sebaceous glands. It helps prevent the formation of new comedones.

Benzoyl peroxide also has an antibacterial action and directly kills the Propionibacterium acnes on the skin.

What are the benefits of using Duac?

Duac, a combination medicine composed of benzoyl peroxide and clindamycin phosphate is effective in providing relief to acne. The benzoyl peroxide component of the medicine is effective in decreasing the oil production in the skin in order to help keep the skin pores open.

Clindamycin phosphate, an antibiotic, is effective in stopping the growth of bacteria that cause acne.

The combination medicine has been found effective in providing relief to the acne problems.

How do I use Duac?

It is important that you read first the information leaflet that comes with your medication package. It will give you instructions on how to properly use Duac.

It is necessary that you wash the affected area of the skin with mild, non-medicated cleanser and rinse with warm water. Do not rub the skin dry. Just pat it dry with a clean tower. Apply a thin layer of Duac to the affected areas of the skin as directed by your doctor or in accordance with the information leaflet.

While applying DUA, take special care to not allow the medication to get into your eyes, and inside your mouth, nose, and other broken skin.

Thoroughly wash your hands after applying Duac.

Use Duac regularly, if possible at the same time of the day, to get the most benefit from it.

Do not increase your dose or do not this medicine more often or for longer period that what your doctor prescribed. Doing so will not improve your condition any faster, but your risk of side effects will increase.

Wait until about 6 weeks before you see any decrease in your acne and up to 12 weeks before you see the full benefit of the medication.

Inform your doctor if your condition will not improve or if it gets worse after using Duac.

Duac dosage

Duac is to be applied on the affected skin once a day for as long as what the doctor recommends. The length of the treatment will depend on the severity of the skin condition being treated.

Side effects & precautions

Medicines can cause some unwanted side effects. The side effects affect individual people in different ways. Not everyone who uses Duac will experience the side effects.

Common side-effects of Duac include:

  • Dermatitis
  • Headache

Uncommon side-effects of Duac include:

  • Pins and needles or tingling sensation at the application site
  • Rash at the application site
  • Worsening of the acne

If you experience other side effects, which you believe to be associated with your use of Duac, report them to your doctor immediately.

Important information about DUCA

Benzoyl peroxide can make your skin sensitive to sunlight more than before. Avoid exposing the treated area of the skin to excessive sunlight, or to sunlamps or sunbeds. If you need to go out in the sun, wear protective clothing and use a suitable sunscreen lotion.

Duac may cause the hair and colored fabrics to bleach. Be careful to get this medicine to these materials.

Clindamycin can cause inflammation of the bowel when taken by mouth. Avoid ingesting this medication.

The following individuals should Duac with caution:

  • Those who are sensitive to the medication or those who are prone to eczema.
  • Those with history of inflammation of the large intestines due to antibiotic use
  • Those who have recently used medications that contain clindamycin or erythromycin. The acne bacteria on your skin might have developed resistance to these antibiotics, making Duac less effective on acne.

Duac should not be used by people who are allergic to benzoyl peroxide or clindamycin.

Duac should not be used by children younger than 12 years of age.

Check first with your doctor if it is safe for you to use Duac while you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

It is important that you share with your doctor a list of all medications you are currently taking or planning to take before you start using Duac. These medications may interact with Duac, making those medicines or Duac less effective when used at the same time.

How do I buy Duac online?

You can safely buy Duac online at UK Meds. You will need to have first an online consultation with a medical doctor before your order of Duac will be supplied. The online consultation will ensure that Duac is the right medication for your medical condition.