I am 21 years old and I just started seeing a dermatologist on July 15th. Since I have been seeing her I have been put on Differin 0.3%, Avar Cleanser, Clindamycin Solution 1% (topical antibiotic), and Tazorac 0.5 and .1. My skin is very fair, oily, sensitive, and acne-prone. Differin never worked for my skin, I used it for 3 months exactly and had no results. I did go through a purging phase for about a month and a half. The Avar cleanser just irritated my eyes, which didn't make any sense b/c I never used it near that area. I have currently been using Tazorac and the Clindamycin Solution 1% for almost 2 mths. By the end of November I will be 2 mths into my Taz treatment.
My acne has seemed to decrease a little, I don't get cystic pimples anymore at this point. I can say that this stuff has to be taken seriously. I started off with Taz 0.5 for 2 wks and it didn't help the oiliness of my skin but I didn't have cystic acne since I started using it. After 2 wks I was given the .1 of Taz to help with the oiliness of my skin. I only used this two times and it turned my face really red, dry, and sensitive to almost anything. I didn't use anything medicated on my skin for a whole week until the redness calmed down. My derm told me to switch back to the 0.5 for three weeks and then alternate between the two. When I started using the Taz again I think I had an initial breakout since I didn't use anything for a week. After that it cleared up really fast. One important thing to remember when using Taz is to use a non-medicated cleanser. I was using a 2% SA cleanser and I was still breaking out a lot and couldn't figure out why. It was because my skin was so irritated. Once I switched to using my Simple cleanser 2x a day my skin calmed down immediately and I started to break out less. So far a lot of the scarring has gone away and I don't have to wear as much make up as I was using. I am still breaking out everyday, but it is just little pimples. I hope that by the third month I will not be breaking out anymore. I am very hopeful, at this point it seems likely but won't know until then.
UPDATE: I am now finished with two months on Tazorac 0.05%. I didn't do hardly anything in my opinion. It did help with scarring but my skin is still breaking out everyday, still very oily, blackheads in Tzone, and some scarring. I asked my derm to switch me to Taz 0.1% cream. I started using it Thursday night, so far it seems to sink into my skin better than the 0.5% gel did. I am not worried about dryness or redness at this point, but I have only used it twice, so I don't know if it will do the same as the Taz 0.1% gel. I sure hope not. As of this week I am absolutely sure that I am switching dermatologists because mine wants me to keep using the same thing I have been using for the past two months and I have had no results what so ever. It's time to find a derm that is going to listen to me and help me with my skin.
I will come back and edit my review once I hit the three month mark. I hope this review is helpful to anyone looking to use Tazorac or any of the products I have used above.
As I have mentioned in my other reviews: It would be a disservice to you all not to point out what I really loved and what I really hated even though I am not very keen on "blogging".
Unfortunately this product falls in the later of the two. My doctor prescribed this when i was younger and I was having some breakouts and literally I had the same experience as a few people who commented below me. I went to a family dinner and everyone told me that I was overdoing the tanning and that it was unhealthy for my face (aka I had blisters)!!!!
My face was SOO SOO SOO irritated and in pain and I used the tiniest bit of tazorac. I don't have extremely sensitive skin which was why this shocked me. I can't imagine having pale white sensitive skin, this would burn a hole in your face!
Just sharing my input, Tazorac is something that stood out as so so bad in my book
i have the 0.1% cream version of this. i used it inconsistently when i first got it so therefore i didn't think it worked. i started using it consistently and i'm seeing results. my skin is complex, it's oily and there are dark marks from previous acne.
I hate this stuff!!!! I gave price expensive because without insurance it costed me a fortune (I forget exactly)
All of my friends asked me if I was really sunburnt or went tanning and it was the winter time. This may sound strange but is even more strange because my skin tone is black as night!!!
Literally my face peeled and left blisters. I HATE this stuff!
This product def SAVED MY LIFE. So my skin acne-prone and insanely oily. When I mean oily I mean like a complete grease ball. I use the 0.1% gel formula. I started out with having a TON of whiteheads all over my temples, incredible amount on my cheeks, above the lips, plenty on my jaws, and a few on my forehead. I did go through the "purging" period, and it was not good, but it also wasnt thaaat bad. I would say every 4 days or so I would have 5-6 new pimples raised on my face. They werent very big, they had a white puss, but after 3 days or so they would dry out and fall off. So in these speed it took about 2 and a half months for all of my whiteheads to go away. I did initially have the dry flakiness for the first week, but after the first week, Tazorac has actually acted as an oil control for my oily skin problem. My skin is still oily throughtout the day of course, but it did visibly reduce the amount of oil for me. I did notice that certain parts of my face like my nose and forehead were looking shiny in the beginning for no reasons, but this problem has gone away after 2 months in. I am still currently on this medication because I have acne scars, but this has been helping me fade them fairly quickly. Tazorac is def the solution for pimples esp whiteheads and acne scaring. ON THE WAY TO FLAWLESS SKIN!
I have had severe adult acne for the past few years (no blackheads though) and my skin has been looking pretty bad since i went off my estrogen based birth control and got a Mirena IUD. I was originally on Retin-A Micro, but since I get my medication through the dermatologist I work for and she was out of Retin-A Micro samples, she switched me over to Tazorac, which I've been using for nearly a month. I do think it works, since I could see that sometimes pimples that were sprouting up would go down by morning, but I much prefer Retin-A Micro. Tazorac doesn't seem to work well unless I'm on an antibiotic, whereas Retin-A Micro works amazingly regardless. I'd have far fewer new pimples and if I did get new ones, they were nearly gone by morning. I'd use it again but like I said, I much prefer Retin-A Micro.
I was originally prescribed the .1% cream and used nightly buffering with cerave moisturizer. My skin was flaking like crazy within a few days and I had the most horrendous initial breakout--I discontinued use after 3 weeks it was so bad. Now I am only using every other day and doing short contact with it--I mix it with a hydrating mask and leave on for 45 minutes. I have had no peeling or initial breakout and after 2 weeks I am seeing such an improvement in my skin! I would highly recommend short contact with this stuff and giving your skin days off from it.
I was prescribed Tazorac 0.01% (once a day), and was told to use it with Doxycycline (oral pills, once a day) and Aczone (twice a day) for my break outs. I've been using Tazorac for about 10 months now.
The reason why I wouldn't give this medicine 5 stars is because it makes users more sensitive to the sun; for example, if you were to get burned from the sun after 10 minutes, you would get burned from the sun in a shorter period of time than the duration you would have gone through normally. Tazorac stays in your body for about two weeks. Powerful stuff.
And speaking of powerful, it dries out my skin after one use. It's quite annoying; and in order to reduce some of the dryness it causes to my skin, I apply moisturizer before and after using it. It also makes the applied areas feel itchy for a couple of minutes.
Even though this medicine is somewhat annoying to use, I don't think it deserves a bad rating. If you are going to try Tazorac, you definitely need to give this medicine a chance to work. It took me about three to five months to finally see a difference in my acne. Not only did I use this on my acne, but I also used it on the inflammation spots that were caused by my acne (they look like red dots on where the pimples used to be).
I developed moderate (on the more severe side of moderate) acne at age 22 after a reasonably clear adolescence. At the time of developing my cystic acne, I was using benzaclin, which ceased to make a difference. I started on differin and doxycycline, before going off both (as they didn't make a difference) and moving onto retin-a micro. This did not improve matters either. Finally, exasperated and emotionally drained after a year of being utterly preoccupied by my skin, I returned to my derm and was prescribed .1% tazorac cream. I had been on two retinoids for 7 months by this point, so I didn't get an initial breakout. I also did not experience serious redness or irritation, but I use a gentle cleanser (Eucerin Dermatoclean) and a really good moisturizer (A-Derma Creme de Soin) to keep my skin in balance. My deep cysts stopped immediately, which was amazing. Things improved, slowly but surely, from there. One year on, I do still get pimples (maybe 1-2 a week), but they are all, for the most part, superficial and don't cause any tenderness, don't swell, and don't form noticeable white heads -- in other words, they are normal and manageable and are fine without makeup. I've now been using the product for a full year and continue to see improvements in scarring, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, and a reduction in the amount of spots that I get. One thing that this product has caused, however, is lightly peeling skin that I exfoliate gently with my hands when my skin is super moist in the shower every 1-2 days. All in all, I am so happy with this product and the relief that it has brought to my life.
I have tried Proactiv, Clean & Clear, Acne Free, Oil Cleansing Method, Acne.org Regimen, Alpha Hydroxy... I could go on. I used each of these methods for a minimum of three months each. NOTHING has worked like Tazorac. When I finally decided to see a dermatologist, she prescribed antibiotics (Amoxicillin 500mg twice a day for two weeks) and Tazorac (used every night). My nightly regimen was (1) dissolve makeup with 50:50 mix of castor & olive oil (2) wash oil off with pure castile soap (which I make myself from scratch) (3) apply thin layer of Tazorac. My cystic acne is GONE! I usually have 5-6 erupt around my period and stick around for weeks, but since being on Tazorac, that doesnt happen anymore. My acne marks are fading, my skin is smoother. I now use a mineral foundation powder instead of the thick cream foundations I used to. I would watch those Proactiv success stories on TV and sadly wonder if I'd ever have clear skin. Now I'm one of them! :) I pay $75 per tube becos I dont have insurance but one tube last 3-4 months which comes to $19-$25 a month = totally WORTH IT!