Tazarotene also known as tazorac, is a topical prescription retinoid used for the treatment of mild to moderate acne. It is a perfect treatment options for blackheads,  whiteheads, pimples and papules. Usually it is prescribed when other treatment options fail to treat pimples or acne.

It belongs to the  3rd generation of retinoids usually comes in gel and cream forms in 0.05% and 0.1% strength. Beside acne, it is prescribed for the treatment of psoriasis. The gel forms of tazorac is known for the treatment of acne, whereas the cream form is preferred for psoriasis treatments. 

  • Like many other retinoids, it works by facilitating and speed up shedding of dead skin cell rate in order to clear up the skin pore.

Tazorac can also work well when it combined with other topical or oral antibiotics. Tazorac helps to clear skin pores, and this give easy access to acne antibiotics to  go through the hair follicles and kill the bacteria that cause inflammation.

How to apply Tazarotene?

  • Based on the level of severity of acne, your doctor will instruct you with the proper dose.
  •  Usually it is applied once per day  usually during the night time.
  • First the face has to be cleanse and dry carefully20-30 minutes before application.
  • Then, apply a pea sized amount on the skin. There is no need to apply more of the treatment beyond the recommended rate.
  • Depending on your skin sensitivity, you have to keep the medicine up to a maximum of five minutes on your face and then washed off.
  • If you forgot to apply in your regular schedule, do not use two dose at once in your next program. Use the same dose as usual.

Side effect

Tazorac has similar side effects as retinoids

  • Photosensitivity
  • Mild to moderate  skin flaking, peeling and dryness
  • Irritation and redness
  • Itching
  • stinging
  • Burning
  • if you are allergic to any retinoid, you should talk to your dermatologist to prescribe an alternative treatment options.
  • Breast feeding and pregnant woman must not use tazorac  as it can cause serious pre and post natal defects.

Breast feeding and pregnant woman should contact dermatologist before using tazorac.

Precaution for pregnant woman

If you are pregnant woman, or attempt to become pregnant, you should not use tazorac as it can cause fetal harm. Take a pregnancy test two weeks before considering tazorac.

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Mild acne, moderate acne, Whiteheads, Papules, blackheads, retinoids, topical antibiotics, oral antibiotics

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