Duac Gel is prescribed to treat the inflammation and kill the bacteria that can cause an acne breakout. The latest research shows that acne can start when inflammation at a cellular level affects the amount of sebum in your hair follicles. This begins the process of bacteria and acne. Duac Gel (called Clindoxyl in Canada) contains two active ingredients for eliminating your acne and the cause of it, Clindamycin and Benzoyl Peroxide.
When applied as directed, Clindamycin will target the bacteria and prevent them from being able to make the proteins they require to reproduce. This causes the bacteria to die and the infection and inflammation will clear up. The bacteria that causes acne is called Propionibacterium acnes (P. acnes) and they thrive in areas that have little or no oxygen, like your clogged hair follicles.
Benzoyl Peroxide adds oxygen to your skin and kills bacteria, which also helps to reduce the inflammation. Excess oils on your skin and dead skin cells that plug your pores are also removed by Benzoyl Peroxide and is important for relieving acne and helping to stop its return.
It is not that puberty is not believed to be at least partially to blame for acne when considering the newest data available. The increase of hormones during this time does tend to help sebum (oil) to flourish. Inflammation can be caused by stress, toxins in your environment and other free radicals that can harm your skin, and it damages the sebum so its oxygen content decreases. P. acnes bacteria thrive without oxygen and they will call the clogged hair follicles home where they can multiply and grow. So the focus of Duac Gel is to eliminate the bacteria, which calms the inflammation and redness, as well as clears up your acne.
Ask your doctor if Duac Gel is safe to use on your acne if you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or are breast feeding. Discuss your medical history with your doctor and explain other conditions or allergies you have. Provide information on any Rx or OTC drugs you currently take or use, as well as herbal remedies and dietary or vitamin supplements so it can be decided if Duac Gel or generic Clindamycin/Benzoyl Peroxide is right for your situation. The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
To test the sensitivity of your skin to the active ingredients of Duac Gel, apply a small amount on a patch of skin that is less noticeable and wait for any burning or redness that may be intense. Avoid tanning beds or sun lamps and wear sunscreen and appropriate clothing to protect your skin while outdoors as your risk of sunburn may be increased. Only use Duac Gel for the time period indicated by your doctor to reduce your risk of increased side effects. Try not to get Duac Gel in your eyes, nose, or mouth and rinse those areas out with water immediately should this occur.