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If you have mild-to-moderately severe inflammatory acne, you may benefit from Duac. This prescription medication is specifically approved for use in adults and adolescents as young as 12 years old. It contains two medications, which work by killing acne-causing bacteria. There are also unapproved, "off-label," uses for Duac, including acne treatment in children younger than 12 years old.

What Is Duac Used For?

Duac® (clindamycin/benzoyl peroxide) is a prescription medication used in the treatment of inflammatory acne. It contains a combination of two active medicines: clindamycin and benzoyl peroxide. Duac is a topical medicine, which means it is applied to the skin.
Acne is a condition that affects the skin's oil glands and follicles. Follicles are the canals that connect the tiny holes or pores in your skin to the oil glands underneath the skin. Sometimes, the follicles get clogged with skin cells and sebum, an oily substance made by the oil glands. This mixture of oil and cells allows bacteria, known as Propionibacterium acnes (P. acnes), to grow inside the plugged follicles.
If the clogged follicle wall ruptures, white blood cells rush into the area, causing inflammation. As the white blood cells make their way to the skin's surface, a pimple forms.
The term "acne" simply refers to several pimples occurring together. The exact cause of acne is unknown, and is probably due to several things (see Causes of Acne for more information).
Acne is a common skin disease. Although it is not a serious health threat, severe acne can lead to disfiguring, permanent scarring. In addition, acne can be quite upsetting to people affected by it, leading to embarrassment, anxiety, and low self-esteem.
Duac is one of many different prescription acne medications currently available. It is a topical acne treatment, which means it is applied to the skin (see Acne Treatment for information about other possible acne treatments). Duac may be used to treat mild-to-moderately severe inflammatory acne.
In addition, it is always a good idea to have a skincare plan when caring for acne-prone skin (see Acne Skin Care for more information on important steps to take when caring for your skin). Your healthcare provider can help you develop a skincare plan for your skin type.
Like many acne medications, Duac can make the skin appear worse before it gets better. There are usually acne lesions below the skin that need to surface and heal. Once these lesions heal, your skin appearance will start to improve.
Just be patient and give the medication time to work. However, if your acne does not improve within six to eight weeks, talk to your healthcare provider about whether Duac is right for you.
(Click Acne to learn more about this condition, including causes and other possible treatments.)

Duac Acne Medication Information

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