Duac Gel is a dermatological solution that is used for inflammatory acne. It is a powerful solution that contains clyindamycin and benzoyl peroxide in a base. While this preparation works well for many patients in some cases there is a resistance that builds to the clyindamycin and actually increases the level of acne.
Duac is a prescription strength topical gel that can only be prescribed by your dermatologist. This topical ointment can easily clear up some of the most stubborn acne but it is not without risk. There are several side effects that were unexplained and could not be directly related to using the ointment but the symptoms started when the ointment was used and decreased when the ointment was discontinued.
The most common side effect that most people experience is enhanced sensitivity of their skin. They may feel tingling,a burning sensation or a numbness. This feeling typically disappears as the skin gets used to the ointment.
If increased sensitivity continues contacting the dermatologist that prescribed the ointment should be considered. Usually after a two week period of continued use the symptoms should subside but in some people the length of time is longer and it can take up to four weeks.
Swelling and More Serious Reactions
There are rare instances where the side effects are more serious and need immediate medical attention. In some patients swelling of the face and neck occur this can be a very serious side effect and should be addressed immediately.
Peeling and severe dry skin can also occur and should be addressed immediately as well. Painful blisters can also develop in very rare instances. Seeking medical attention immediately and of course stop using the ointment if you experience any of the most severe side effects.
A Very Rare Case
According to available literature there was a 14 year old male that reported ringing in his ear after using the ointment. When he stopped using the ointment the ringing did not completely stop but did reduce. When he began using the ointment again the ringing increased again.
There has been no further testing to see if the Duac was in fact the cause of the ear ringing but there have not been any other reports of this potential side effect.
According to clinical double blind studies Duac Gel has repeatedly performed as expected. The Duac Gel compared to those using the placebo showed a 60% improvement in the skin 100% of the time. Also according to the clinical studies only 13% of the 2000 people that were involved in the clinic study experienced side effects greater than tingling of the skin and a slight burning feeling. 87% of study participants reported no negative side effects at all.
This is a topical ointment and it is strongly recommended to avoid negative interactions that it is used on its own on clean dry skin. Follow all the directions carefully and if you have any questions do not hesitate to ask your dermatologist.
Overall Duac is an easy to use topical gel with minimal side effects for the treatment of severe acne. Let your dermatologist know if you have any allergies to any of the ingredients including the non active ingredients to avoid the most severe side effects.
Also advise your doctor about any medications you are taking and that you have applied to your skin in the last month. Avoid exposure to the sun when you are using Duac because your skin may be more prone to sunburn while using this preparation. Over exposure to the sun may also enhance the feeling of burning and itching!