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on 8/4/2015 12:43:00 PM
More reviews by rfordh1
Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Not Sure
Hair: Blond, Other, Other
I'm using Tazorac for the third time in my life. My skin is oily. I get blackheads, red pimples here and there, and lots of small pimples that give my skin a poor texture. I'm 30 now and while I've never had severe acne, the acne never seems to go away. In the past when I used tazorac, I really enjoyed the results. The only issue was when I was younger I didn't have as consistent of a skincare regimen. I wasn't nearly as healthy, and i never slept. These days I have a great routine and I try to take care of my skin. I decided to start using Taz again recently even though I was hesitant because of the initial hurdles of using the stuff. I guess This time around the side effects weren't nearly as bad as I remembered. Granted this time, this is the only thing I'm using. (The first time I used it, my derm had me using a benzoyl peroxide med in the morning.) I'm also aware of the best way to use it. I cleanse with cetaphil (I highly recommend cetaphil because it is so gentle. your skin will be sensitive on this stuff!) and apply cetaphil moisturizer after. You may hear that you should apply taz before the moisturizer (once the skin is thoroughly dry, wait 30ish minutes) makes it the most effective. That may be the case, but I find that my skin gives me less issues when I have the barrier of the moisturizer. I use a Magic Mitt from Jane Iredale to gently exfoliate any dry skin or flakes in the morning after cleansing, and I use a clarisonic at night. If my skin gets too sensitive at any point, I just don't use taz that night. I still feel like I get the great effects but it helps to calm my skin down again. I definitely recommend easing in. I worry that teenagers tend to slather on lots of these products, but they end up with a bad situation. Be patient! Ease in! You'll be so glad you did. I've been using it consistently for a month and already the bad side effects have subsided. I still have some blackhead and small bumps, but rarely any big red bumps. If a pimple pops up, it usually goes away pretty quickly. The best thing is the awesome glow this stuff gives you. It gives me perfectly smooth skin that is a perfect canvas for makeup. It also helps control the amount of oil my skin produces. One of my friends couldn't stop commenting on how good my skin looks. I feel like extractions would probably help my skin type. I'm hoping that getting some of the clogged stuff out and continuing use of taz will stop the pores from reclogging. Good luck if you're new to taz! It'll give you skin that people envy. It's great for anti-aging!
1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.
on 7/28/2015 1:01:00 PM
More reviews by jackiiee1005
Age: 18 & Under
Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Not Sure
Hair: Brown, Other, Other
Skin Type: Combination - Oily on T-zoneAcne Severity: Cystic acne on forehead - Recently started getting cystic acne all over. Acne since 2010 (Age 16)I started using Tazorac Gel 0.05% on July 24th and it is now July 28th. To start off, the purge period is INSANE. Holy cow, I have never seen my oily skin so dry, flaky and red (Mind you I used Tazorac twice a day when I wasn't supposed to). The purge period started two days after using Tazorac. At the very beginning I thought that this gel was very hydrating almost greasy so I was like "???". Then boom, flakiness extreme. My skin felt so burnt and just nasty. I didn't notice much difference on the acne but I feel like it has helped dry it out a bit.Right now I've noticed that the flakiness has gone down and it is not as drastic but my skin is D R Y. I have to use a heavy cream to combat the dryness. So I suggest moisturizing even if your Derm. says not to, because mine told me to moisturize once a week (oops sorry).I will update after one month with Tazorac to see if anything changes! Hopefully this stuff works.
on 7/2/2015 9:02:00 AM
More reviews by Fararri
Skin: Combination, Olive, Not Sure
Hair: Black, Other, Other
Im using the product for the second time and so happy with the results. I always felt the need to hide behind makeup before stepping out. I'm gaining more and more confidence to show my bare face to the world. My skin is brighter and the acne scars I had are fading away. After 6 months of use in still peeking around the chin area. I don't think I ever peeled around the forehead or cheek region but I think that's because it's time to upgrade to the stronger prescription of .1%. Currently I'm on .05%. Skin is somewhat red but it's better than being dull and full of scars. I use this in conjunction with Aczone but still have some breakouts. I recommend this product. I wish it was cheaper.
on 3/16/2015 2:57:00 AM
More reviews by merielmaria
Skin: Acne-prone, Medium Brown, Not Sure
I don't know what to think about this product. I used to have acne all down both of my cheeks and then i went on this product 4 months ago and I still have acne. I will admit it is a lot better but its also still there. I don't know if I'm doing something wrong or if this just isn't the product for me. The initial purge was horrible, I would cry myself to sleep. And I kind of don't want to try anything new because I have been on this for 4 months and I don't want all of that effort to go down the drain. If anyone has any suggestions please let me know.
on 3/11/2015 1:06:00 PM
More reviews by ssere
Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure
Hair: Other, Other, Other
Pros : it works in a couple of months your face would be clear and scars and unwanted pigmentation would slowly dissapear.
Cons : The inital purge can be horrible , takes sometimes so you have to consistent and patient. Hard using foundation since skin will be dry peeling and red. and you have to constantly use it . Even when your "done"with the treatment if you stop taking it in a couple of months youll start breaking out again.
I have cystic acne its not severe but it is annoying and constant. Ive done this treatment 3 times. since my dermatologist just want me to rely on the face wash. but my acne always comes back. overall it works so Id say try it. The only really bad part is the initial purge but in literally 3 months your face would be soooo much better . â™¡
on 1/12/2015 1:53:00 PM
More reviews by Lomelindi
Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium, Warm
Hair: Black, Straight, Medium
After Veltin stopped working a year into my moderate case of adult acne, I went back to my doctor and was prescribed Aczone and Tazorac, both topical prescription medications. My current regimen is Aczone 2x a day (morning and night) and then Tazorac cream every other night. Tazorac cream is a thick, white cream that comes in a travel-friendly squeezy tube. It doesn't feel different from a thick, creamy moisturizer going on the skin and I haven't noticed any burning or peeling sensations while using it. (Veltin, in my experiences, made me peel for about 3 weeks before my skin adjusted to it.) After some trial-and-error, I found out I have to apply Tazorac FIRST before Aczone because the heavier Tazorac will "pill" and roll off the Aczone. My doctor also recommended Tazorac underneath the Aczone since Tazorac is the stronger medication and needs to penetrate the skin.The Aczone / Tazorac regimen took about 2.5 months to show results, which was admittedly frustrating and longer than I expected since my previous medications worked within a month. On the bright side, once they started to work, I went from a few pimples a day to a few pimples a week (probably hormonal).
on 1/1/2015 10:31:00 AM
More reviews by elle3927
Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Not Sure
Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium
I never take the time to review products, but this is the exception.I've been using tazorac for the past few months (~6) and it is the best thing ever. Naturally, I went through the initial period of redness/irritation, but it only lasted about a month and it was completely worth the results. All pimples my pimples go away nearly overnight. My skin tone is much more even. My acne scars are fading. My pores even look a little smaller.Using tazorac is all about developing a routine that works for you.I use tazorac in conjunction with Solodyn (antibiotic) and Trilegest (birth control) and the results are amazing.I use tazorac at night, every night, as a spot treatment (on pimples or areas with scarring).Moisturizer is everything: I use clinique moisture surge intense. It doesn't cause acne/clog pores and it's my favorite formula on the market.Facewash: Origin Frothy Facewash. You need a very gentle face wash to use with tazorac, otherwise you will peel.I only exfoliate twice a week (using Neutrogena deep clean invigorating foaming scrub).Overall, I highly recommend tazorac.
on 12/5/2014 12:05:00 AM
More reviews by dancinchica
Skin: Other, Other, Not Sure
So to give some background, a couple months after I turned 24 I started noticing I was getting acne. I had been using Benzaclin since high school with excellent results but it basically stopped working and my acne was progressively becoming moderate, mainly open and closed comedones around my mouth and all over my forehead. After a few months and getting off of the pill I was very frustrated and went to the derm. She prescribed a low dose of Retin-A gel (I also started developing very oily skin). She started escalating my dose to .1% and ultimately switched me to .1% Tazorac gel after 4 months with absolutely no improvement and worsening. There was not a day where I didn't wake up with acne (specifically 3-4 months into Retin-A is where it was the worst it had ever been). In August 2014 I started using Tazorac (very hesitant at first). By this time the acne was significantly starting to effect me personally - I stopped hanging out with friends on the weekends and just wanted to go to my room everyday after work and stay there. My family definitely noticed my skin had gotten worse and even suggested I go on Accutane since it was effecting me so much psychologically. Anyways I wanted to give one last go and started the Tazorac gel. At first there was a little bit of improvement in the first couple of weeks specifically around my forehead. Note that I was not using any other products except an Aveeno moisturizer in the morning before I applied makeup. But by the fourth week it seemed everything had gone back to the way it was on Retin-A. During this time l also went to my primary care to get lab work done as I was certain my testosterone levels must be through the roof. My free testosterone and all other labs came back normal but I noticed my fasting glucose was elevated since my last visit. I started thinking about what I was eating during the day and thought to myself that most of my food intake was consisting of carbohydrate dense foods (rice/pasta/bread/granola bars/sugar) - within a week I decided I was going to eliminate all wheat/rice/corn/potatoes from my diet and drastically reduce sugar intake (similar to Paleo). During this time I was also introduced to the books Wheat Belly and Grain Brain which significantly influenced my decision to begin modifying my diet. Within a couple of weeks I began to notice SIGNIFICANT improvement and within a month I was basically clear. Throughout this process I stuck diligently to my Tazorac regimen (one application prior to bed 20 min after cleansing face with Cerave cleanser). I truly feel that the diet change along with the Tazorac sped up my treatment and perhaps one should consider a diet change along with the medication if you are seeing no improvement after 3-4 months of being on a retinoid. If anyone is interested in reading more, please read Dr. Cordain's work on diet and acne: http://archderm.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=479093I am still on a low-carb, high-fat diet and still maintain my Tazorac regimen and am seeing consistent results. Occasionally I will get 1-2 very small pimples around my period but after a couple days I notice they are greatly reduced. Please message me for details or questions. I think Tazorac is an excellent medication but for some individuals (like myself) may require a diet modification as well. Definitely still have dry skin in the morning but if is slowly getting better.
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on 11/28/2014 4:07:00 AM
More reviews by xoaida
Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine
Tazorac changed my life. I never battled with acne until my 25th birthday. I think all those years of being acne free bit me in the ass. My doctor prescribed me this when my acne was really bad, I used it for 4 days and it was making my face peel off in sheets and my acne was worse! I was so furious, that I threw this product to the side. For the next year, I swear I tried every cream, diet, skin clearing cleansers, tonors, brushes, lotions. It's actually quite unbelievable the amount of money and time I put trying to get rid of my acne. It finally came to a cross roads where my derm said the only option was accutane. The side effects of accutane scared the crap out of me. So I was given time to think it over, do blood work etc. During this time, I watched YouTube vide where a girl solved her cystic acne with Apple Cider Vinegar. Intrigued I would give it a try, I started ingesting it every morning and evening (~2 tablespoons ACV in 400ml) as well as using it as a toner (1 part ACV and 3 parts water). My skin went through hell, I purged like crazy in the first week. It was so bad that I didn't leave the house for 3 days straight. But it cleared up quickly, after the initial purge my skin was getting better and better every day. I went back to my Derm and she was baffled by how nice my skin was. We both agreed that accutane was out of the question, however I had terrible scarring. Purple, brown spots that took lots of concealer to cover up. I also still had a few tiny bumps along my chin that hadn't fully cleared, as well as large pores. As if someone had stuff a needle in my pores. She told me to give tazorac another try and give it at least a month to do its magic. And man, is it ever magic. You peel like crazy, you will get red. I even got asked if I was "sunburnt" by a few of my friends. But this stuff, it amazing! I didn't purge while using it, but I think that was because I had already had a large purge a few weeks before with the ACV. However, this stuff made me skin so dry and flaky it was terrible. I did find a way to help with the flakiness. The first few days I would wash my face with a Clarisonic, followed it up with my ACV (which burned!) and then some Clearsil lotion. This was not a good idea. So instead, I've switched up the regime. I only use the Clarisonic and ACV toner at night. In the mornings, I'll wash with a super gentle cleanser (Clearsil) using my hands and lukewarm water. I'll dry my face using a paper tower and a patting motion. I won't rub! I think take a cotton pad, and load up a quarter size of my Clearsil lotion on it. I then start wiping my face with a bit of pressure. The lotion on the cotton pad acts like a cleansing milk and an exfoliater at the same time. It works really well for getting rid of all the pieces of dead skin on my face due to the tazorac without ripping apart my face. I repeat this about 2-3 more times with more cotton pads. It's best to do it until you feel "hydrated". I usually then get dressed, brush teeth, make breakfast or something. It's best to wait a bit before you apply makeup. Powder foundation is completely out of the question when you're on tazorac. You need to use a really moisturizing tinted moisturizer. I love the oil free Laura Mercier, but I find its a bit on the pricey side. But it works really well at keeping you hydrated and not "sticking" to the dry skin. I'll wash my hands and apply this with my fingers. I find using a brush tends to exfoliate your skin a bit too much and makes you flakey. You'll need to check your makeup throughout they day, just to make sure you aren't flaky everywhere. The first two weeks are going to be absolutely hell, it will be next to impossible to wear foundation. But it's well worth it, if you tough it out for just a bit, your wonderful non acne skin will finally show through. Just keep in my the mostriuzer on the cotton pad trick. I found it made a huge difference "exfolianting" like that as opposed to using a toner or scrub which would just make my face bright red. Acne is complete crap, especially when you deal with it past the high school age. But it's really just taking time and testing out products until something works. I really wish I would've given tazorac a better chance when I first was prescribed it. If I had just stuck it out, I would have had perfect skin by now. But you live and you learn. Just give this product it's time, at least one month. And you will see how much it really can change your skin. It's dimished my scarf by close to 40% in less than 2 months. My enlarged pores are almost entirely gone. The best part?! No major breakouts. While I don't know if this is purely because of the tazorac. I imagine it has played a part. Stick it out! I promise it'll get better :)
on 11/4/2014 5:27:00 PM
More reviews by cbreezy
Skin: Combination, Medium Brown, Not Sure
Hair: Red, Other, Other
Its AWESOME. I'm 24 and have never had to deal with acne until this past summer. I broke out like crazy. Went to dermatologist and was prescribed minocycline 100mg (once a day) and Tazorac 1% crème(pea size at night). I did purge the first 5 weeks pretty bad... like I looked horrible. I had a lot of peeling the first couple weeks and my skin was sensitive. After that my skin went back to normal. FLAWLESS! I have a little hyperpigmentation but I know that will soon clear up. I also cut out soda and sugar. I made sure to drink at least 2 liters of water a day. I also used yogi skin detox, kept pillow cases clean, and hair scarves clean. Changing your diet plays a role too. I have just now hit my 2 months mark and couldn't be happier and I know it will only get better. It'll soon clear up just be patient!
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