Duac

Duac gel (benzoyl peroxide 3% and clindamycin 1%) contains antibiotic and peeling agent used to treat acne as part of a treatment plan. Available to buy online from Dr Fox.

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  1. Read medical information about acne treatment
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Prices

Acne treatmentQuantityCost
Duac Once Daily Gel (benzoyl peroxide 3% and clindamycin 1%)30gm tube£19.50
Duac Once Daily Gel (benzoyl peroxide 3% and clindamycin 1%)60gm tube£35.80

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Delivery charges

UK delivery only: £2.90 per consultation via Royal Mail 24 Signed For (1-3 working days with tracking).

Parcel forwarding services are not permitted. Use only UK home or work delivery address.

Returns and refunds - unwanted items can be returned within 14 working days for a full refund.

Prescription fees

Dr Fox supplies medicine on prescription and charges a small prescription fee based on the order value of each prescription.

Prescriptions are issued by our doctors online and sent electronically to our pharmacy.

If you have your own private paper prescription please post to our pharmacy (details).

Dr Fox prices are 25%–50% lower than other UK online clinics.

Order valuePrescription fee
up to £10£1.00
up to £20£2.00
up to £40£3.00
over £40£4.00

About Duac

Duac Gel contains the antibiotic clindamycin and the peeling agent benzoyl peroxide. Both these ingredients reduce the bacteria associated with acne, and in addition benzoyl peroxide help to unblock pores and reduce whiteheads and blackheads. Duac is therefore likely to reduce spots, infection and inflammation.

Duac is a useful dual action second-line treatment for acne which is not responding to antibiotics or peeling agents on their own.

Duac is applied once daily. One finger tip amount of gel will cover the whole face.

Side effects of Duac

The commonest side effect is redness and soreness, particularly in the first few weeks of treatment. This is mainly due to the benzoyl peroxide component, which is a mild irritant. If inflammation is marked and persistent, Duac should be applied less frequently or even stopped. If there is a marked reaction, treatment should be stopped straight away.

Duac contains an antibiotic and therefore should not normally be used with other acne treatments containing antibiotics. A small amount of antibiotic is absorbed through the skin and has the potential to cause intestinal upset, although this is unlikely.

Duac makes the skin more than usually sensitive to sunlight. Sun screens, sun hats and sun avoidance are all advisable.

Cautions

Pregnant and breastfeeding women should not use Duac, although there is no known identified incidence of significant adverse effects.

Excess gel can stain clothing and even bleach hair.

Duac is a topical preparation. It should not be ingested or be applied to the lips. Accidental ingestion should be reported to a doctor straight away.

How to use

As with all acne treatments, Duac may take some time to work. Some improvement should be seen after about 5 weeks. If after 8 weeks there is no improvement, treatment should be stopped.

The manufacturers recommend usage for up to 12 weeks. Once bacteria become resistant to the antibiotic component, clindamycin, the gel will become less effective.

Interactions

Topical acne medicines containing tretinoin, isotretinoin or tazarotene may be made less effective by Duac and should not be used at the same time.

Topical preparations containing antibiotics, such as Dalacin T or Zineryt should not be used at the same time. Likewise creams, gels or lotions containing benzoyl peroxide should also not be used at the same time.

Patient Information Leaflet

Illustration of patient leaflet from medicine packet

The Patient Information Leaflet (PIL) is the leaflet included in the pack with a medicine and must be read before taking the medicine. It is written for patients and gives information about taking or using a medicine.

Duac patient leaflet

Dr Barbara Babor

Authored 19 November 2015 by Dr B. Babor
MB ChB Dundee University 1996. NHS GP and dermatology specialist.

Reviewed by Dr Tony Steele, Dr A. Wood, Dr P. Hunt
Last reviewed 15 January 2018
Last updated 25 October 2019

References

Product reviews

Duac rated 4.5/5 in 16 product reviews

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Duac Gel

Really works this one!

28/10/2019 22:03
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Duac Gel

Amazing just did wonders for me

23/04/2019 21:54
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Duac Gel

Working good so far, no noticible negative effects after a months use!

28/02/2019 17:09
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Duac Gel

With patience it works

13/02/2019 23:39
Anonymous Verified

Duac Gel

I was looking forward to use them as recommended by a friend. However, after 2 application I had swelling underneath my eye the next morning, I stopped using it. As far as I know I am not allergic to benzoyl peroxide and clindamycin as I have used products with these before. :( Delivery-wise it was quick ????????

26/01/2019 22:40
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