This is a post I have been meaning to write for quite a while. Acne is something that I have struggled with for years and I know I am not the only one. Ever since I reached my teen years I have struggled with mild acne. Most of the ‘acne’ (or what I like to call skin demons) I had resided on my forehead for everyone to see. Fortunately I never caught the severe end of it, but it was something that affected my self-esteem significantly. We all dream of having dewy, blemish-free skin do we not? Unfortunately for me, I will always have blemishes on my skin whether it be minor spots or just scars. However, I am going to share something with you that cleared up nearly five years of acne in just less than two months (no, I am not exaggarating).
This skin saviour is called Duac Once Daily Gel. It is used for treating mild to moderate acne on your skin. This gel-based acne treatment is formed of 5% anhydrous benzoyl peroxide and 1% clindamycin.
- Clindamycin is an antibiotic which stops the bacteria involved in acne from reproducing.
- Benzoyl peroxide reduces blackheads and whiteheads. It also kills acne-causing bacteria.
I have read so many reviews raving about benzoyl peroxide for acne in particular, so I was very pleased when my Doctor had prescribed it to me after I requested a new change in my acne treatment (prior to this I was using Dalacin T – a clindamycin lotion). Within two weeks I saw a notable difference and in just over a month my acne was almost completely cleared. It also claims to make the skin less oily which I have noticed, to my surprise.
What’s more amazing is that my acne has virtually banished from my face. Of course I still get the odd skin demon or sometimes even horrible breakouts when it hits near that time of the month and when they begin to lurk on my skin, this little gem saves me. Quite recently I suffered a bad breakout all over my face and treated it with my Duac gel as usual. In three days it had completely disappeared. No. Joke.
As you can see it’s quite an opaque gel, but it turns into a clear film on the skin when dried. In the package leaflet it actually advises not to rub onto individual spots but I always pop a small amount onto nightmare spots or just where I can feel a spot coming on. It helps tackle them brilliantly.
How I use Duac Once Daily Gel:
Note: It’s best to apply this once a day in the evening (hence the name Once Daily :relieved:)
- I always completely remove any makeup I’m wearing and make sure my skin is thoroughly cleansed.
- I pat my skin dry and apply a thin layer of the gel to the entire area of troubled skin using my fingertips.
- I wash my hands after using the gel and carry on with my evening.
- In the morning I remove the film using a makeup wipe/cotton pad and micellar water, then I’m good to go!
I would highly suggest this if you suffer with mild acne and oily skin. It has worked miracles for me! It’s now a rare occasion that I find acne returning to my forehead and other problem areas, all thanks to Duac Once Daily! My skin is not only free of troublesome acne, but less oily and I can now use oil/oil-based products on my face without having to worry as much as I used to! However, I will warn everyone that what works for me may not work for others in the same way. Sometimes I find it can be drying on the skin and I did experience slight peeling in the first few weeks of treatment, but it was nothing an oil-free moisturiser couldn’t solve.
If this is something you are interested in trying, please consult your GP first. As expected there are a number of precautions to be taken when taking these acne treatments. Please consider these factors:
- Duac Once Daily gel can make your skin more sensitive to harmful effects of the sun.
- If used in conjunction with any other acne treatments, products that contain large amounts of alcohol or abrasive soaps and cleansers, your skin may become irritated over time.
- I strongly recommend consulting your GP if you are prone to allergies.
- Your doctor may not prescribe this to you if you are allergic to or sensitive to lincomycin (and obviously any of the ingredients in this medicine).
I’m sorry about the weird format and quality of pictures. I was very unorganised and could only find a bare face picture that was taken outside for the last part. I guess you could look at it as a plus however, as you see more in daylight. I am by no means exaggarating but I feel I should tell you that my acne in the first picture was actually worse than it looks. My camera captured mainly the red spots and the little lumps were less visible in these pictures. I’ve been very eager to share this with you all as it is definitely in my list of skin saviours!
If you do get to try this acne treatment, patience is key. I feel as though people who have been acne sufferers for a long while will not see results within a matter of days (to point out the obvious). As there is more deep-rooted bacteria to kill with long-term acne sufferers, you will need to have a little patience. Having said that, considering my acne had almost completely cleared up in a month and a half, the treatment is quick nonetheless. I don’t use this 24/7 like I used to as I don’t really need to. Gladly I don’t get clusters of spots/lumps on the troubled areas of my skin. That’s not to say I don’t still suffer from breakouts every now and again. Despite that, I do use this whenever I feel spots coming on or whenever I have a breakout and I find it’ll clear up within three to four days. I just think this treatment is amazing.
Let me know if you get to try this treatment and how it goes for you! I would love to hear your thoughts. Also, if you have any questions regarding this post please don’t hesitate to contact me! My email can be found in the contact page of my blog. On top of that, I have opened up an ask.fm (nobody takes advantage of the questions page on my blog :weary:) for anyone to ask questions in a more straightforward way.
What is your skin saviour?
Take care my loves, :kiss: