UPDATE!!!! 9th JULY 2016 GOOD RESULTS: SCROLL DOWN
So I've been using this for over 7 months now. I started using it at the end of August 2015 last year. (Bearing in mind I had to keep getting it every 3 months because you have to use it in that time)
I remember going to my doctors asking for some sort of treatment which would help with my consistent breakouts. I had lots of pimples all over my forehead that would NEVER go, along with massive spots scattered all over my face (mainly jawline, and t-zone area apart from nose) and I would have large pimples that would end up as hard red spots with a whitehead in the middle, leaving me with scarring which I still have to deal with now.
When I was first given this, I did not notice anything drastic until about 4-5 days of using it (ever night I would apply). My face had turned a blotchy red and my spots looked like a dreadful acne outburst. My skin was dry and very sore. I remember being very harsh on my skin and thinking that abrasive skin washes such as exfoliaters and my no7 electric skincare brush would help, but it made everything much MUCH worse and my skin had never hurt so bad in my life.
Anyway I stopped doing that obviously, and started using products for sensitive skin. I continued the use of the DUAC treatment because my skin was already bad so I had nothing to loose...
A few weeks down the line and my skin started to clear up,the little bumps scattered all over my forehead were disappearing and the pimples were fading into scares. It was a miracle. I was finally happy with my skin.
I discontinued treatment after about a month because I felt I didn't need to use it.
Then in September I noticed a few spots emerging which I got slightly worried about so I used Duac again and it went away and mostly was all gone by end of October.
From November up until end of December my face was clear.
I still had clusters of spots come up here and there but nothing that concerned me too much and could manage to fix myself.
My clear face lasted up Until mid March 2016. Now I'm dealing with it all again!!!!!
The spots suddenly just appear before my period starts and then don't go away. I'm not sure if considering birth-control for this is a good idea or not as some have said in previous posts. Anyhow my face is a mess again. I noticed worrying signs from around 18th March. I asked to be prescribed Duac again. I'm also on differin cream now because my face is covered in blackheads and horrendous very-visible large pores :( not to mention I'm only 16....
Now I'm going through the experience AGAIN. And it's SO FRUSTRATING. I'm in a constant dilemma with my skin and I now have lots of scarring to make matters worse.
Today is 5th of May in which I'm writing this. I'm not sure what to do anymore.. Been on Duac again for just over a week now and skin is all blotchy and red and I've got spots appearing that weren't there before using Duac. (Frustrating, but as to be expected)
I'm going to continue use because I know that this product has worked for me in the past, and I would deffinetly recommend it because it has given me clear skin. If anyone can help me or has been in the same situation, let me know your thoughts :)
I'll probably do another review of this later to give updates if anything happens :)
A few tips I can give is to wash face with warm water before applying at night, and use a very thin layer to prevent that hard dry peeling skin that you can get if you splodge it all over your face.
ONLY put it in areas you need it, because it can make matters worse as I have experienced.
Use it once a day at night only... Your face may become immune to the treatment of you overuse it.
Get a lot of sleep so that the treatment can get to work on your face :)
I would also say to not give up if you feel it's not working. It takes time...trust me (but if no improvement after a month then...consider doing something else?)
Use a good moisturiser to prevent the dry flakey skin, especially if you wear foundation like me because it's horrendous. Good luck :)
UPDATE: SATURDAY 9th JULY
I am happy to say that after my recent review of this product which I made on the 5th May 2016, my skin has got A LOT better.
Today is the 9th July, and I'm thankful to be saying my skin is a lot clearer today then it was 2 months ago.
2 months ago I had: many many spots/lumps/clogged pores covering my forehead that kept re-appearing and would never go away. My forehead is now clear and soft to the touch!!
Much of the spots which surrounded my face mainly on my cheeks/jawline/chin have gone away!
The disastrous mess which I was once complaining about is no longer a problem for me!
HOWEVER: the battle and journey with my skin has not ended. I still don't have the skin I want and I'm far from it.
I still have a few pimples but much, much less.
I still have dozens of blackheads and sebaceous filments on my nose and chin.
My cheeks (mainly my left) have scarring which i am treating with bio oil and will take time to fade.
The issue which I am having the most trouble with is my pores. They are HUGE and I'm not exaggerating when I say you can see them a metre away from me. Complete and utter orange peel skin. Absolutely dreadful and something I've been trying to treat for a very long time, bearing in mind I am 16 and most 50/60 year olds don't have pores the size of mine. I am constantly wearing primers and foundation to diminish the hate I have for my skin.
In conjunction with this issue: I have purchased DML lotion. A forum user posted that he applied this product 6x a day and in 3 days the pores were gone. ( I will let you know how it goes!!!)
Anyhow, there are many positives and I am not giving up and will continue to share my journey with others in hope that I can be of help.
This product has truly helped my skin and I am very very glad that I re prescribed it. I just need to take the right measures to continue my skin in the right direction to ward off anymore acne outbreaks!
I would say, if you haven't tried this product, you should!! Give it time and once you've got over the worst of it in the first few weeks, you'll be glad you tried it. âœ¨âœ¨âœ¨