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Price: $$$


Tazorac Cream Ingredients ---------------------------------- tazarotene 0.05% or 0.1% (w/w). The inactive ingredients are benzyl alcohol, carbomer 934P, carbomer 1342, edetate disodium, medium chain triglycerides, mineral oil, purified water, sodium hydroxide, sodium thiosulfate, and sorbitan monooleate. Tazorac Gel Ingredients ------------------------------ tazarotene 0.05% or 0.1% (w/w). Nonmedicinal ingredients: ascorbic acid, benzyl alcohol, butylated hydroxyanisole, butylated hydroxytoluene, carbomer 934P, edetate disodium, hexylene glycol, poloxamer 407, polyethylene glycol, polysorbate 40, purified water and tromethamine.

Age: 19-24

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Cool

Hair: Brown, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Green

This was the second prescription treatment I tried for my acne. (First was Retin-A Gel)

If I had to describe it in one word, it would be "ow".
Of all the products I have used, nothing ever, ever, ever set my face on fire like this stuff.
I went through pain, suffering, peeling, and loads of discomfort for, well, nothing.

I gave it six months and it gave me nothing but a face so tender I couldn't even stand to use foundation on the acne that was coming up.

The worst part is my insurance refused to cover any part of this one. Leaving me with a nasty price tag.

on 1/30/2010 10:40:00 AM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Other, Other, Not Sure

Hair: Other, Other, Other

Eyes: Other

Update #3:
It seems like this gave me bad rosacea- burning , itchy, red face and eyes. I can't get it under control and had to go on antibiotics and eyedrops. It seems like Tazorac brought it on, so be careful! I was trying to push through the irritation, and after awhile the irritation just stayed and won't go away though I stopped using any acids/retinoids months ago.

Original review:
Wow - this stuff with SCT is amazing ! I am using it for skin texture, and eventually breakouts though initially it is aggravating them. I am only a few weeks in, so I will update if progress stalls, but so far my skin has improved more than I ever thought possible in just 3 weeks!

First, my skin is so sensitive I gave up on retinoids. I kept trying retin a .025 and retin a micro.04 just once a week, but couldn't build up to twice a week so I stopped after a few months. This time, although skeptical, I started with SCT. I put it on between 10 minutes about every other day. I took off time when my skin got irritated.

I have experienced irritation, and initial breakouts. It visibly increases inflammation, which causes breakouts, and I think the increased moisturizer I have to use is clogging so pores. But it is so worth it, because the product is reversing the problem, and on days irritation subsides, my pores are so much smaller and my skin tone is very even and has a thick glowy look. I have fair, freckly skin, but this product is giving it the tone of thick, olive skin. I can only imagine how great it will be in a few months.

Tip: breakouts are not inevitable, nor are they just 'purging'. They are the result of inflammation, a side effect of the product. If you back off when your skin gets really irritated, you can keep inflammation lower, and keep breakouts to a minimum. I always slow down when skin starts to get red, puffy or break out a lot. I also use a teeny bit of benzoyl peroxide because you have to stop the inflammation right as it starts.

UPDATE: My skin was looking amazing for much longer. Even and glowy and almost a bit 'waxy' but I didn't mind since it was freshlooking. I ran out, and changed to SCT with Retin A .1 gel and it has left my skin texture rough and thin looking and red and pigmented. Somehow is just much more irritating and less effective. Maybe it's the base. I'm going back to Tazorac - if you are not having results with one retinoid, try another
UPDATE #2: With my switch back to tazorac leaving it on all night, under moisturizer, every few nights, and it was awful-breakouts, red, inflamed skin, and dry , old-looking texture. This further proves the SCT can be amazing for people who can't handle an 'all-night' application.

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

on 12/24/2009 12:06:00 AM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Acne-prone, Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

First of all, everyone's skin will react differently to Taz. In my opinion Taz has been very kind to me over the past few months. I have been using Tazorac for about 6 months now. I have tried all 4 formulations and my skin likes the .05 gel the best. The creams continually made me break out and the .1 gel really irritated my skin. I never got an initial breakout like most people did. But I also attribute that to the fact that I only used it every 3rd day for the first 6 weeks, then every other day for the next month before I began to use it daily. I found that, for me, applying Taz directly to my skin (not over moisturizer) is much more effective. But it will be trial and error for everyone who tries it. With that being said, about 6 weeks ago I was ready to give up on Taz altogether. While I was no longer breaking out in large pimples, I was still getting unpredictable clogged pores and random bumps. Well around the 5 month mark my skin completely began crystal clear. I still have some post-inflamatory hyperpigmentation and some mild scarring but it is all manageable. My skin was a mess as I approached my 26th birthday and all of a sudden developed adult acne. I struggled with crazy depression as a result of it for nearly 8 months. I thank Tazorac for allowing me to regain my confidence. For those of you not seeing results...just stick with it for a bit longer...it took me 5 months. My derm insists that it will assist in wrinkles and such in the long-term. I have not seen any results in terms of wrinkles thus far so hopefully I will see that down the road.

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

on 12/15/2009 6:29:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Dark, Warm

Hair: Red, Relaxed, Coarse

Eyes: Brown

I use the gel version of this product because the cream wasn't strong enough. This alone with aczone saved my face. I love this product because I thought nothing would cure my face of acne. This and aczone did. I highly recommend this product if you are having problems with adult acne. Talk to you dermatologist about the product.

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Age: 30-35

Skin: Oily, Other, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Black

This is the best product for acne suffers. I have used this a month and my skin has totally changed. I used to have uneven oily skin with cystic acne around the jaw line that would not go away for months. My skin care routine consists of a.m. washing with cetaphil gentle cleanser apply Duac gel let dry and apply lots Purpose lotion. In the p.m. I wash with cetaphil apply Purpose lotion and wait 30-45 min. then apply tazorac. One night I tried to apply tazorac by itself and the next day I applied Neutrogena lotion after duac and it burned like heck. It is very important to moisturize before taz or you skin will burn and get red bumbs the next day. Purpose lotion is the only lotion I can use that won't burn my skin because the taz makes skin very sensitive. Your skin will not look so great in the first couple of weeks but it is important to stick with it. I used retin a cream before but I still continued to break out. Now with the duac and tazorac my skin clear even and way less oily. It's a life saver.

****12-23-09.... update. I have found that all I need right now is the tazorac. After using the Taz and Duac for over a month my skin started getting really sensitive and burning so I just use the Cetaphil, Purpose moisturizer and Taz. I tried applying Cerave under taz and my face felt like it was burning up with little red bumps all over. Then I switched back to the purpose lotion under the taz and the next morning my skin looked like it's glowing. With out the Purpose under taz my skin looks dull in the am. Taz is really strong stuff and make skin very sensitive.

******2/3/10 My derm switched me to the gel .1%. The cream was not doing enough for me. I no longer use the Duac and now in the am use Purpose wash and Cerave lotion and in the pm use Purpose wash, moisturize with cetaphil lotion and tazorac gel after 30 min of applying the lotion. I found this way my skin doesn't burn or itch as much. I was getting alot of whitehead but no huge pimples with the cream version. I also found that using cetaphil lotion in the morning made me really oily so I just use it at night and it does a wonderful job making skin really soft so it doesn't peel as much. Cerave is more like a gel lotion but absorbs super fast and doesn't make me look more shiny then what I already am. Cetaphil looks greasy after a while but it's ok because it doesn't affect the taz. With the taz gel I feel like it is actually getting into my pores since i have oily skin.

6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

on 12/1/2009 5:35:00 AM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

I think I'm one of the few who found this product to be completely useless. After my unsuccessful attempts with Differin, my dermatologist switched me over to Tazorac, with the 0.5%. It made my face red and dry, but it wasn't too bad. It was just completely ineffective. After 3 months of use, my dermatologist decided to up the dosage to 1%. That was horrible, my skin was even more red and it would peel off in flakes. No amount of moisturizer could help with it. If it cleared my acne, then maybe I could deal with the redness and drying, but it didn't. After trying out a couple more brands, I'm now on Retin-A micro which I find to be much more gentle on my skin and it helps get rid of most of my tiny little bumps that cover my face.

on 11/23/2009 6:26:00 PM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Medium, Neutral

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Hazel

Tazorac has completely changed my skin! At first, it really does make your skin red and irritated. You must go slow. I didn't take this advise and started with too much and have experienced raw, dried out extremely red, sensitive skin. However, after 3 full months of use, my skin is adjusting and I'm starting to see the benefits as well. My skin is smoother, my pores are smaller, I rarely break out now. I'm just waiting for the long term effects to kick in and start to see my fine lines smooth out a bit. You have to use an extremely mild cleanser and moisturizer when using this. You won't want to use anything harsh because it changes your skin to be extremely sensitive.

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

on 11/10/2009 10:11:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Olive, Warm

Hair: Black, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Brown

Oh my gosh, the answer to all my prayers, seriously. In the past year, my skin has been HORRIBLE. The kind where you do not want to leave the house, because you know everyone will be staring. I tried OTC products first, and nothing worked. I went to a derm, tried antibiotics, that didn't work. Tried a bunch of rx things - Klaron lotion, Finacea, RAM, Epiduo. I tried those for 8 months, and though it cleared me up maybe 80%, I was still getting these random cysts that would stay for weeks and scar, and under the skin nodules. Finally, I was rx'd Taz and WOW. So this is what people talk about when they talk about retinoids giving them babybutt smooth skin! Seriously, *1 month* into this and my skin is super smooth, I have ZERO cysts, no clogged pores, and in the light it looks poreless. It's nothing short of a miracle. My hyperpigmentation from post-acne scarring is also going very very fast. Every morning I wake up to brighter, clearer looking skin. I'm astounded.

It looks like a thick, clear gel, and is slightly greasy upon application. It doesn't feel like it sinks in, but in the morning my skin is no longer sticky - my pillow probably eats it up, lol. As a disclaimer, I have skin like an elephant. While RAM and Epiduo did not give me complete results, they also gave me zero side effects. I did not peel, get dry, or turn red from previous retinoids. Taz is definitely making me dry and peel around the corners of my mouth, but nothing lotion can't fix. The first few applications, I did itch around my jawline, but now I hardly itch. I didn't experience purging, although I was coming from months of use of a weaker retinoid so that's probably why.

How I started using it: I did short-contact therapy first. An hour on bare skin, then I'd wash it off and apply just moisturizer, nightly for a week. Then I buffered it with CeraVe, and applied overnight every 3rd night. On the off-nights I just moisturize with Korres Yoghurt Mask (another product that seems to work fantastic with my skin). I am now up to every other night of Taz, with no irritation and very minor peeling. Did I mention I love this stuff? The goal here is to start slow, so that you don't shock your skin. Taz is the strongest retinoid out there, and I am using the strongest strength (0.1%) so its not to be taken lightly. In the daytime, WEAR SUNSCREEN. It's a must, or you'll burn 10x faster.

I paid $0 with my insurance and an instant rebate card my derm gave me, for a huge honking tube (100g, looks like a tube of toothpaste, its going to last me forever!), but I'd gladly pay thousands if this works as wonderfully as it does for years to come!

9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

on 11/1/2009 8:19:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Other, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

I used Tazorac for my acne for a few years and all it did was make my face burn and peel. That's just me though! I'm afraid of anything retinoid now because of my awful experience.

Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Very Oily, Fair, Cool

Hair: Black, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Blue

I have been using tazorac and duac for 6 years. i use this at night and use duac in the morning. for 6 years up until recently i've been using the silver tube (.01%) but recently switched to the gold tube (.05%) of tazorac.
i have terribly oily skin and the golden tube as made my oily skin dissappear. i am beyond amazed! i also can not live without tazorac and duac for my acne. i ran out a few months ago and my face exploded. i am in the process of getting my skin back to normal.
the only thing is that when i first started using this golden tube, my face burns. i'm sure my skin is just getting used to it, but it's still a side-effect.
also, what i love about the packaging is that it last SO LONG. i've had my silver tube for more than 2 years, and i feel bad for buying a new golden tube because i have so much of the other one left!

edit: i stopped using the golden tube! it dried out my skin like crazy and i couldn't handle it. i switched back to the silver tube and i love it because it gives me the moisture i need at night.

2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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