What the Doctor Prescribed
**Non-filtered bare face photos shown at the end of post**
On Friday 26th January I finally got myself off to the docs to chat about being put back on my migraine medication and to see what could be done about my adult acne situation.
Without saying very much he handed over a prescription for a face gel which he told me to use every night after washing my face. He said that it could possibly make things worse, and if I felt like it was, to try using it every other night instead.
When I got home I had a look at the box and was quite nervous about the ingredients list as well as the warning alongside it...I popped a message on Instagram stories asking if any of you guys had had any experience with it and what you thought. I also had a nosey on Google and read some blogs which all seemed to be very positive indeed.
I started to feel a little more relaxed about putting this stuff on my face, I guess I was only going to find out what was to happen if I gave it a go...
Active Ingredients - Clindamycin 1% w/w (10mg/g) as clindamycin phosphate, anhydrous benzoyl peroxide 5% w/w (50mg/g) as hydrous benzoyl peroxide.
Other ingredients - carbomer, dimeticone, disodium lauryl sulfosuccinate, disodium edetate, glycerol, silica, colloidal hydrated, poloxamer 182, purified water, sodium hydroxide.
Caution - May bleach hair and coloured or dyed fabrics, furniture, or carpeting.
If this is what it could do to furniture, what the devil was it going to do to my face?! Ugh, one way to find out...
First Two Uses
Don't worry, I'm not going to list any changes for each and every day, but I had to share my surprise with you guys! I was told, and read, that results would only start happening after weeks, maybe months of use. I noticed a change after one use. ONE!
I cleansed and toned my face as normal, let everything dry, then applied the smallest amounts of Duac all over my face as instructed. After making sure it was completely dry, I then added my moisturiser over top as it had made my skin feel quite tight.
I woke up the next morning, washed my face thoroughly again as instructed, and even though my face was still red and looked spotty, the texture had gone down dramatically! My makeup looked incredible that day - minimal bumps!
But then we get to the second night, and this is where it all went wrong...
I did the exact same steps as the previous night, but maybe I was just a little more careless, maybe a little too heavy handed, or maybe even took the gel too close to my eyes. Maybe I just had a bad reaction?
I woke up the next morning to see the puffiest, baggiest red eyes staring back at me which felt so itchy and uncomfortable. Needless to say, with huge disappointment, I stopped using the gel. I tried to get back in at the doctors but the next nearest appointment was a whole week away, so I thought I might as well try to sort myself out.
I bought some cooling eyepatches, did some cool compressing with water and took some antihistamines. After three days my eyes were back to normal, and my bumpy red acne was back.
Lets give it another go
So it only took three days to get my eyes better, hmm, maybe I could try the gel again, but be more cautious this time? I started using the gel again only this time taking extra care to not go anywhere near my eyes, I was stopping around the top of my cheekbones. Also, I decided to not apply a moisturiser over the top of it, as maybe this somehow affected it before?
It's only been a few days since I started using it again, but touch wood I haven't had any more reactions to this gel and my face is looking a lot better. The redness has certainly gone down and the texture has almost gone completely.
How does it feel on the skin?
It's not painful, but it's uncomfortable. I can definitely feel that something is on my face, and not just because it makes your skin feel tight. It starts to itch a little during the night and it takes me all my time to not scratch or wash it off my face. Alarm bells usually ring when a product makes me itch, but in this case it must just be working it's magic.
Its a small price to pay for clear skin, in my opinion.
OK, here is my least favourite part...
Here is my bare face before I started using the gel on Friday 26th January - it was a good skin day, with only a few spots here and there:
Here is what my eyes looked like after the reaction (photos were taken on the second day of having had the reaction so the swelling and discolouration had gone down slightly):
It actually looks like it had made my face a little red too? The lines were a lot more pronounced, to describe it better my bags had bags and makeup couldn't cover them.
Here is my face yesterday, Monday 5th February. Photos taken after work so sorry for looking so rough but hey this is a safe space - right?! (using the gel for 5 days after reaction):
Thoughts so far
I definitely feel that this Duac gel is starting to clear up my skin, I'm glad I gave it a second go rather than throwing in the towel after one bad experience. Don't get me wrong, if the reaction had been more severe, I probably wouldn't have chanced it, but it wasn't too bad, just a little uncomfortable for a few days, and it does seem to have just been down to user error.
I feel like one side of my face is clearing up a lot quicker than the other, and also my little breakouts over the forehead and chin have cleared up rather well.
My skin has been a little thirsty too, so every chance I get I'm spraying my face with the Pixi hydrating mist which I will do a separate post about at some point.
I will definitely do some follow up posts to see any more changes whilst using Duac, and obviously to report if any more bad reactions happen.
(p.s I'm trying to use the same lighting in these photos but its difficult with the crappy weather we are having - if I cant use natural lighting I use daylight bulbs.)
I would love to know your experiences with Duac...please leave your stories in the comments.
Thanks for reading
Love, Leanne Xx