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This worked really well for me but also brung up problems. Before I started using this I had cystic acne aka, red lumps all over my forehead cheeks and face and back in general. They were so sore! I used this every day and after about 6 months my cystic acne (all the red lumps) were mostly gone! I still got them but I didn't constantly have them on my face I had maybe 3/4 on a good day. however, under my skin, all over my forehead and on my chin were small bumps under the surface like a skin coloured rash of bumps of acne everywhere that I didn't have before. So by partially solving one problem, I had created another. I think this worked but only to a certain degree. I continued to use it for 2 1/2 years and it stayed the same. IT DOES WORK and does clear some of your acne but doesn't fully get rid of it. I would say if you have cystic acne its worth a try but if you have the occasional spot it will more likely work for you.
I rarely review products but I feel this is a must. I know exactly how your feeling and I just feel compelled to share. This is a long post but worth the read.
Quick background story. I've always had clear skin all my life until 2 months ago I broke out into the strangest rash which I self diagnosed as folliculitis linked to fungal infections. I did not suspect acne as I've never had a single spot till the age of 29.
I've went through a very stressful house move so I thought maybe it could be the the stress triggering a fungal infection all over my forhead which turned into pustules. Just overall disgusting!
It's also worth mentioning that I did use 1 or 2 new products on my face. Grapeseed oil and another cream which I don't regularly use. I would sometimes use Johnson and Johnson baby lotion on my face too? Perhaps these triggered the acne and maybe it was acne cosmetica....well I don't know! Just a thought!
So me being me refused to go GP and decided to treat myself using herbal medicine. Such as apple cider vinegar, turmeric capsules, garlic cloves, went on the candida free diet! Literally never ate junk for weeks ! Tried nizoral shampoo! Tried a mild face peel, steroid cream! Let's just say I tried everything in the books!
Nizoral dried out my forhead and I seemed to be getting better. However 2 weeks later I saw the issue was spreading to my jawline! Mind you at this point the rash was dried out on my forhead however it left me with numourous scaring which took away my self confidence. I refused to go out and it's just put me into the deepest depression of my life!
Week 3 I gave up and decided I'm off to the GP. I felt my trip their would be useless as I've read many stories of patients complaining that they were misdiagnosed by doctors and gave prescriptions which made them worse.
Anyhow fast forward to the doctors visit. I explained everything to him and how I tried every DIY in the book but failed. I could see he found me amusing as to why I would wait so long. He prescribed me with this duac cream. I went to collect strait away and started use.
Now this is day one of use and I can tell you my face has 60% cleared. When I used nizoral it just dried out the problem but the issue was still there. You can see this actually illiminates the problem.
It is important to also mention that it was okay on my of my face but on my jawline it did give a burning sensation . Which I just ignored because I've read about the side effects. This morning I can see a small patch looks a bit darker then my skin tone. I have light skinned mixed race skin tone so it's gone like 2 shades darker on a small patch of my jaw.
Other than that I can't fault this cream. I say give a shot guys. It may end up changing your life around and my prayers are with you all! I don't wish facial skin conditions on anyone. Faced this problem for less than 3 months and I felt destroyed. I don't know how others would feel with long term acne issues. Really hope it resolves for you all! I will keep you all updated soon
I never do reviews but I made an account because maybe this might help someone. I completely understand the acne struggle. Okay, so growing up I never really had acne. I had a few pimples here and there really. Now I am 22 and constantly at the dermatologist.. I have tried SO many treatments. I have used benzoyl peroxide, initially at 2.5 percent and increased it up to 10 percent after about a year. In conjunction with the BP, I used erythromycin. This worked so well for about a year and then unfortunately stopped working. During this time(when it stopped), my acne got way worse. My chin, cheeks, around my nose, the whole thing, would get cysts as well as white heads. I asked my dermatologist if I could try out Duac and so far the results have been pretty decent. From my experience, it did give me a minor flare up. (This is week 5 on Duac) For about the first week, I had some more Whiteheads that would pop up here and there, but the Duac would shrink them down and dry them out after a day or two. Notably, I have extremely sensitive skin. The type of skin where if I have an itch on my cheek, I will not scratch it because I’ll get welts. Duac did not cause me to have a severe reaction though. Yes, my skin did get slightly red, slightly itchy but nothing that was severe. Honestly, this only lasted for about the first 3 days and then subsided. I am the type of person that is super compulsive with treating my acne and I think this is starting to really help!! I will post updates for those who are curious/nervous about giving Duac a try.
I've been using Duac on and off since about June 2016. I get acne flare ups which are very inflamed and over the counter products never work. At first, it worked amazingly and I was really happy with the way it was clearing my skin. As time went on it just became ineffectual and I think my skin might have built up a resistance to it- I've heard that has happened to people that have used this over time.
I was prescribed Duac by my first dermatologist. He never bothered to ask me any questions or give a serious look to my skin. The percentage was way too high for someone with sensitive skin. I immediately got chemical burns which took months to heal.
I put when i see a pimple about to come out, and around that area. Sometimes it is able to prevent it from forming. Too harsh on my skin to use it regularly on the whole skin. TIP: Make sure that after you put it on an area , you keep putting it there for a few nights in a row so it will kill all the bacteria there and they will not get resistant to it, because then it will be useless.
Worked for a while (about 2 months) and I did have clear skin during that time. I was really pleased. It's quite a thick formula but it goes on ok. I applied and stored it as directed but it just stopped working. I've gone back to it a couple of times to see whether it'll work for a while to give me a break from breakouts but it just doesn't work at all anymore. Strange how a lot these products only seem to work short term.
I was prescribed this by my dermatologist and have been using for about 3 months. I have suffered with back acne since the age of 15 and acne on my cheeks which developed around the age of 21 (I am now 22). I'd recommend this as a great quick fix e.g. if a large spot appears and you apply the gel to it at night, by the morning it will be significantly reduced. However, for a more long term solution I'd recommend taking a medication e.g. I take 1 408mg Lymecycline tablet twice a day and have seen an improvement on my back acne
This product initially worked for me, like a lot of other people on this thread. I used it for 3 months and was very happy at first, although I also experienced blotchiness and some redness that I didn't have before. I would say the first month or so the clearing was the greatest then I started noticing new breakouts popping up here and there. By the end of 3 months, I was pretty much as bad as I was at the beginning so I stopped. What I noticed when I stopped was that my skin had been continually irritated, not just zits but red and I had a really slight itch. I don't know how to explain it other than it wasn't normal. When I stopped my skin went back to 'normal', I guess normal for me. Still lots of spots but not irritated. Bad news is that once I stopped my skin got even worse and I had the worst acne I have ever had. It was really depressing but I was convinced that this stuff isn't for me since in the end, it didn't really help my skin. I went for a facial and the estetician (sp?) recommended Ninja skincare to me. I hadn't heard of it before but googled it, read loads of reviews on it and really none were bad so I called them. Their customer service was really incredible. I spoke with a woman for nearly an hour about my skin, she gave me a list of products she would recommend for me and I was an idiot and didn't write them down. When I made my order, I guess I ordered the wrong products for my skin so they held my order and told me they didn't want me to order the wrong stuff and have it not work. So we changed it back to the right stuff, I got it like a month ago. It is wonderful. I have never been so happy with my skin, with a product line. Every day my skin is getting better and I just couldn't be more thrilled with the results. After years of trying everything, I am happy to have finally found a product that works for me. I know duac has worked for a lot of people but I would be curious how many of them have had long term results? It didn't work for me ' but I guess some people have had some success.
Duac where i'm from Australia is discontinued and many chemists did not stock it no more, however I was eager to try it out thus my dad found a chemist who had one tube left for sale at the price of roughly around $45. The pharmacist said the tube would only last for a month then have to be thrown out because it would be overdue. I used this gel for a month, when i first started to use it on my teenage pimples it did not irritate my skin however around the 5th time i put it on my face and chest to treat pimples it irritated my skin immensely and made it itchy, stingy and red. It made a red patch of skin which looked unappealing and took 3 days to calm down and go back to my original colour. generally this duac gel will never be put on my skin again unless i want to look like ive been severely sunburnt in specific areas.