Duac Gel: What’s the use? How is it used? Indications, Side Effects and How to Apply

The Duac Gel contains clindamycin phosphate and benzoyl peroxide.

Gel Duac belongs to the group of medicines known as anti-acne preparations . This Gel is used for the treatment of mild to moderate acne.

Clindamycin is an antibiotic that is effective against bacteria that are involved in acne. Benzoyl peroxide reduces granites (white dots and black dots). It also kills bacteria that are involved in acne and oily skin becomes less oily.

Duac Gel helps:

  • Reduce the bacteria that cause acne lesions.
  • Reduce the number of acne lesions.
  • Prevents the appearance of new black and white spots , prevents the formation of new skin lesions and it becomes less fat.

Indications: What do you have to take into account before using it?

Do not use Duac Gel:

  • If you are allergic (hypersensitive) to clindamycin, benzoyl peroxide or any other ingredient of Duac Gel.
  • If you are allergic (hypersensitive) to an antibiotic called Lincomycin.
  • If you have any questions, check with your doctor or pharmacist before you start using this medicine.

Take special care with Duac Gel

For cutaneous use (of the skin). Do not use near eyes, lips and mouth. Upon accidental contact with the eyes, rinse with plenty of water.

Do not use Duac Gel on irritated areas of the skin. For example, if you have cuts, scrapes, sunburn or eczema. Do not use too much on sensitive areas of the skin.

The Duac Gel can discolor fabrics, including bedding, towels and sheets. Be careful and avoid contact with these materials. It can also discolor the hair and can make the skin more sensitive to the harmful effects of the sun. Avoid the use of tanning / UV lamps and reduce the time of exposure to the sun. Do not exceed the established dose.

Check with your doctor or pharmacist before using this medicine if:

  • The patient is under 12 years old or has had regional enteritis , ulcerative colitis or colitis associated with the use of antibiotics in the past .
  • Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines, including those bought without a prescription, including herbal products.
  • In particular, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you use: other treatments for acne, including topical medicalized antibiotics or abrasive soaps or detergents, soaps and cosmetics that have a strong drying action, products that contain high concentrations of alcohol or astringents.

This is because the Duac Gel used in conjunction with other products can lead to the appearance of cumulative irritation. If you are not sure of any of the above, consult your doctor or pharmacist before using this medicine.

In pregnancy and lactation

Consult your doctor before using this medicine if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.

How is it used?

The usual dose is applied once a day at night. In some cases it may take 4 to 6 weeks of treatment before you notice a total effect. It should not be used continuously for more than 12 weeks. The length of your treatment will be told by the doctor.

How to apply Duac Gel

  • Remove makeup completely.
  • Wash affected areas, rinse with warm water and dry skin carefully before applying Duac Gel.
  • Apply a thin layer of gel on the affected areas using the fingertips. Apply a thin layer of gel on all areas of skin with acne , not just on individual lesions
  • For guidance, the recommended amount of gel to apply on the face is the amount that is applied to the tip of the finger (from the tip to the first phalanx)
  • For the chest and back the ideal amount is two and a half doses.
  • Once dry, you can use non-greasy makeup (without oil).

What are the possible side effects?

Like most medications, Duac Gel can have unfavorable effects, although not all people suffer from them. If you notice any of the side effects mentioned below you should stop using it and consult your doctor, as you may need urgent medical treatment:

  • Signs of an allergic reaction (such as swelling of the face, eyes, lips or tongue, hives or difficulty breathing).
  • Severe or prolonged diarrhea or abdominal cramps.
  • Severe burning, peeling or itching.

Other possible adverse effects

If you notice any of these side effects, try using Duac Gel less often or stop using it for a day or two and then start over.

Very frequent:

(At least 1 in 10 people are affected) Redness, peeling and dryness common. (Less than 1 in 10 people are affected) Burning, itching. It is rare (less than 1 in 100 people are affected) Tingling (paresthesia), worsening of acne.

How should it be stored?

Keep out of reach and sight of minors.
Pharmacist: Store in a refrigerator (between 2 º C and 8 º C). Do not freeze it.
Patient: Store below 25 ° C after opening.
Two months after the opening they must discard the tube and start a new one.

Do not use Duac Gel after the expiration date printed on the package. The expiration date is the last day of that month.