Pros and Cons of using Duac

Although overall I have been very satisfied with using Duac and the results I've had, I thought it would be worth doing a Pros and Cons post for people to have a read through if they are thinking about, or have been prescribed, this particular acne gel/cream. I'll also insert some before and after photos at the end so you can see the results that I've had. 

Please remember that everyone is different, medication works differently for everyone, this post and the others in the Skin Series are my own personal experiences and may not necessarily work in the same way for you. 

 

Pros of using Duac

- Instant results

Well, more or less instant... I began noticing a change in my skin in the very first week. My texture/spots began to smooth out and I stopped having breakouts.

- Makeup

For those who don't really wear makeup this obviously won't apply, but because the texture of my skin smoothed out, makeup began to sit lovely on the skin, helping my confidence immensely! 

- Easy to use

It's so easy to use, a small dot over the problem areas - or as instructed by your doctor. Apply on a night - wash off in the morning.

- No need for tablets or other treatments

Depending on how severe your acne is, Duac alone may be enough. As my acne wasn't as bad as some, I was lucky enough to not need further medication. 

 

Cons of using Duac

- Irritation/bad reactions

This gel/cream makes my face itch. It's not unbearable but it is a fight to not scratch, and this is when it's been washed off too. I also noticed that if I was heavy handed with it my skin would go really red, my eyes swelled up and were quite sore. (You can see my previous posts for photos) 

- Redness

So even though my texture has gone, I still have slight red patches on my cheeks (I'm using some amazing products at the moment which is helping but I want to try them out for a bit longer before posting about them) which isn't a bad thing as my makeup covers it easily, but be aware that although this may get rid of spots, you still may be left with scarring. 

- Dry Skin

Since using Duac I have noticed that my skin is constantly thirsty. Make sure you moisturise well - and I highly recommend the Pixi milky hydrating mist to spritz on throughout the day. 

- Sunscreen

This isn't really a con as we should all be using sunscreen anyway, but if you are having any sort of treatment for your acne, it is so important to protect your skin from the sun. I have been using factor 50 - I burn easily anyway so I'm taking no chances! 

 

I hope that these points have been helpful for you. I've been using Duac for 4 months now, and have taken to only using it if I feel like my skin is flaring up. I don't feel the need to be using it every day anymore, but I know that it's there for if I need it. I was going to be making an appointment with the Doctor again to see about going on antibiotics to clear the last of it up, but thankfully now I don't think that it will be necessary. 

 

Here is how my skin looked when I first began my Duac journey:

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Before Duac
Before Duac

and here is how my skin is looking now:

**no filters used**

After
After

Where you see all of those tiny red dots, the skin is completely smooth. This is the scarring left over. This is why I urge you to go straight to the doctors if you notice a change in your skin and start having breakouts, sometimes skincare doesn't quite cut it, and it took me over a year to figure that out. Sometimes we need some extra help, even if it's only temporary. Scarring *could* be avoided if you act quickly.

I know that people get acne a hell of a lot worse than what I've experienced, but again, this is my own personal story, and its amazing how much it has an impact on your confidence. You really don't expect to start having spots when you're reaching 30! I'm starting to feel and look more like me again, and I couldn't be happier! 

I'm planning on posting about my lifesaver skincare products, so please keep checking back in! 

Thank you so much for reading

Love, Leanne Xx