Unlisted Brand • Tazorac • Skincare - Face
|Would buy this product again.||82%|
Age: 25-29 Skin: Normal, Fair, Neutral Hair: Blond, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Blue
Tazorac has been an absolute dream come true for me! all my life (i'm 26 now) i have had pretty normal, clear, easy to deal with skin. an occasional bump or blemish here and there around my period but nothing even close to major...UNTIL the past 6-8 months. i have no idea what brought it on because i haven't changed anything at all in my routine, no new foods, no new medicines, and no new products, but i've developed a really persistent and annoying problem with the skin around my chin area. for some reason i have been fighting a ton of small, flesh colored bumps (whiteheads or closed comedones) that my regular salicylic acid gel wouldn't even begin to help. i tried a ton of different things, including benzoyl peroxide, MaMa lotion, Differin, and Paula's Choice 2% BHA gel to name a few, and while they would help somewhat at first they never cleared things up completely and eventually the bumps would come back to full prominence despite my careful regimen to fight them. i also have a very bad habit of squeezing any and every visible bump on my face and so i was constantly attacking my chin area which would only make things redder, irritated and scabby. i was so distraught that i even thought about trying out a sample of Retin-A that i had gotten as a swap extra even though i know that my skin HATES Retin-A and freaks out as soon as it gets near it. as a matter of fact, my skin has never been able to tolerate ANY retinoid or AHA at all, i immediately break out in huge bright red painful welts. i don't know why i did it, especially since knowing that Tazorac was also a retinoid, but i decided to try out the sample sized tube that i had. at first i started with just a microscopic dot of the medicine on one really persistent white bump that was near my eye (millia) and to my suprise when i woke up the next morning my skin had tolerated it perfectly! so i started using the .05% cream on my bumpy skin nightly after i had moisturized the area first and the results have been incredible. i would say that in a month or so 95% of the bumps have cleared up and disappeared. at first my skin did get dry and at night i could exfoliate a lot of dry flakies off of it but it was nothing like the pain and misery other retinoids caused me. it was a dryness that was easily manageable and didn't ruin my appearance, and after using Tazorac for a while it went away almost completely. i'm also using Persagel (10% benzoyl peroxide) layered lightly on top of the Taz and that has really helped with the war against my pores. i am so absolutely THRILLED with the results i've gotten and i would absolutely recommend Tazorac to people who have had horrible reactions to retinol since i was convinced that i could never use anything derived from Vitamin A and was proven wrong. i would just make sure to advise someone to start out with the .05% cream, use it very sparingly and moisturize well BEFORE applying the it in the first place.
**UPDATE** 3/29/10 after many blissful months of using Tazorac and enjoying wonderful results, my skin took a sudden and unexpected nosedive. i just couldn't understand what had happened-- i hadn't changed anything about my routine or the products i used or even the order that i used them in but out of nowhere my skin became bumpy, red, irritated and so dry in some spots it almost cracked. in a state of panic i committed these very unwise, skin-sabotaging sins: ratcheted up my exfoliation to a nightly basis and started using a Buff-Puff instead of my usual washcloth (i can't stand those dry flakes! gotta get rid of them!), continued using an acne-fighting cleanser which was definitely not helping my angry, parched skin, started using a 2% salicylic acid toner, became heavier handed with the Tazorac and the Persagel, picked at my face more and more the worse it got and stressed out like crazy over the whole situation. after a few weeks with no improvement i was so desperate and so unwilling to accept the fact that my beloved Tazorac had just stopped working for me that i had a breakthrough moment-- i would look up all the usage directions on the Tazorac website, see what i was doing wrong and then follow the directions to the T no matter how unnecessary they seemed. if that didn't work i would just give up. so what i found when i did some reading was that while using Tazorac it's EXTREMELY important that you not use any harsh, drying cleansers or toners containing alcohol and other potentially irritating ingredients. next, and maybe most importantly, it's essential that after washing your face and applying moisturizer you wait a FULL 20 minutes before applying Tazorac. i was basically doing everything totally wrong and it was showing on my skin. once i started using a more gentle cleanser (LOVE Bliss's Foaming Face Wash), tossed the Buff-Puff, ditched the toner, and waited the full 20 minutes before applying the Taz, everything magically fell back into place. my skin is pristine again and i am so thankful i followed the directions! take my advice: no matter how stupid the directions on a prescription (or even OTC) product seem, it's worth following them to make sure you don't end up looking like Freddy Krueger. Long live Tazorac!!!
Age: 44-55 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Blond Eyes: Green
It breaks my heart that I cannot tolerate this, I tried numerous times. Maybe it's my extreme fair skin...But still I am trying to use up the supply that my derm gave me, even bought the Avage. Now I am doing what he told me to do- using the pea-size drop and dotting it on. Layering it with Roc Retinol Intensive just might work also. So far no peeling or burning. If this plan does not work, at least it will not be all for naught, Taz makes for a darn good peel!
Age: 44-55 Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
HG, have used for years. First for acne-- it works. Now for acne AND anti-aging. It works. I find it more effective AND more gentle on my skin than Retin A. The Retin A left me very irritated and sun-sensitive, and was less effective at clearing up acne.
Tazorac is ridiculously expensive, even with my healthplan. It's extortion, plain and simple. Fortunately, with overseas pharmacies here to help us, the price is close to dirt cheap. I purchased from India (hint: use a prepaid credit card rather than your regular one, and buy in bulk to defray the shipping costs. If you do that, your price could get down below $5 per tube. And guess what: the .5% gel from India is BETTER (I believe) than either the brand or generic versions in the US! It's a clean-feeling gel instead of a yucky cream.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
Love Taz. Got a huge bottle of it, and I use it in conjunction with Spironolactone. Has done wonders for my skin, which hasn't been clear for many years! I find that I don't even need to use it every night!
The only thing I don't like is the texture when I first put it on my face, but after it absorbs, this goes away.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium Hair: Brown, Straight, Medium Eyes: Brown
Tazorac has done wonders for my acne!! I'm so happy.
My only complaints are that it leaves a slightly greasy film on my face, and it lightens my skin (I prefer to be tan!).
... but I think those are small prices to pay for clear skin!
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Blond, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Blue
Update 10/12/09: I don't know what the reviewer is talking about that this was "burning" her skin. She says it was 2 months of pain... A little dramatic I think or perhaps not knowing how to use this. You can do the short contact method, or what I do is mix it 50/50 with my moisturizer. No problems with irritation at all. Once, using 1% straight I had dry skin for a few days, but no burning. It really is a great acne remedy.
I've been using this for a couple of months and it has cleared away most of my clogged pores on my nose & chin. I'd give it 5 lippies, but the oil slick it creates w/ continued use is gross.
I started out w/ the .5% cream mixed with moisturizer, then a few weeks ago moved to 1% mixed w/ moisturizer alternating w/ the .5%. I had no problems with irritation or dryness at all. My skin is pretty clear. My only complaint is that it has turned my face into an oil slick. I mean a serious coating of oil when I wake up in the morning, midday, & after I get home from work. I have to wash my face several times a day to keep up with the oiliness. I guess it's better than clogged pores & acne though! Definitely worth a try. I'll keep using despite the oil.
Update 9/17/09: I've backed off on using this for a while because of the oiliness of my skin. It got REALLY oily! I'm now searching for an AHA that won't do the same. Taz works great though!
Age: 30-35 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Black, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Brown
Im suffering from hormonal acne due to going off of the pill. I refuse to go back on the pill so Im just hoping my hormones straighten out since, basically cysts/acne all over my chin, jaw and cheeks - places I almost never broke out before seasonale.
I have tried both .05 and .1 tazorac gel. It gives an itchy feeling I did not like and it is slimy. It will not sink into skin. It will stain your pillow sheets, but so does differin.
BUT this is the best topical acne medication after accutane. It also has the most side affects next to accutane. Ive tried tons of other stuff (differin is too gentle on my skin but its my standby for smoothing skin, retin a - slightly drying, ziana - too gentle, clyndamycin - ineffective, tetracycline - nada) Your skin will feel really itchy, if you use it for 3 or more consecutive nights your skin will molt and you shouldnt use it with other retinoids or high AHA's. I did and it gave me blistering dry cracked skin....the upshot was after I molted and quit the chemicals for a couple of days my skin was freaking amazing....
I have given myself accidental 1st degree burns (skin i used it over turned brown crusty) because of over aggressive usage during day/night with 20% md forte cleanser and the 30% rejuvenating lotion because I was trying to get rid of a super prominent blemish on my face ... the upshot is of course being there are no tell tale signs because the skin molted and was super clear and smooth like it never happened. Basically i think ive been giving myself prescription strength peels with this stuff in conjunction with my other retinoids/AHA's without knowing it.
This is also the best skin treatment to remove acne hyperpigmentation super fast...better and faster than any "lightener" on the market.
Wrinkles? I dont have any...and I dont think ill get them either with this stuff based on what older people have said.
Do not use every day. I have super oily acneic skin. Stay away from areas near your nose and mouth corners - it will crack and bleed if you use it there.
THE POINT? The 2nd best stuff for acne, super powerful, use precautions and do not abuse...
I use decleor aromaessence ylang ylang, rose nuit, PCA clear skin moisturizer at night solely between my retinoid treatments when it is too cracked and sensitive.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Acne-prone, Medium Hair: Blond Eyes: Blue
I have been using this for the last month and my cystic acne has cleared up. I can't use this everynight yet (I tried and my skin got raw and red). Am currently using every other night with great results. I am hoping to be able at some point to use every night as my skin always looks so much better the night after I use it. I have also noticed a small decrease in fine lines. I can only hope this will continue!!
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
I was excited to get this product and begin using it. I used it three nights in the row and maybe that is where I went wrong. My skin burned whenever I would wash it. My face looked raw; it was dehydrated underneath and the surface was very oily. This made it difficult to treat my skin. I laid off of Taz for a week and a half so that my skin could heal. When I went back to it, my skin became tight, very tight and dry. In the areas where it was tight and dry, my skin darkened, I assuming due to the lack of moisture. But mind you, I did moisturize, I had no choice to and it didn't help me at all. I stepped away from Tazorac completely when my skin became damaged from using it. I ended up with a more worse condition than I started with. I now have to deal with more noticeable hyperpigmentation and breakouts. I think I was better off with Retin A Micro. That gave me clearer skin and I didn't have any adverse reactions. Boo for Tazorac. Part of me wants to give it another try, but I don't think that would be a smart move.
Update 6/15/09: After giving Taz another try for the past week, I've ended up with almost the same condition as before, except that I was smart enough to stop using it to stop any further damage, This product is way to strong and harsh for my skin. I believe this product is mainly targeted for those who suffer from acne and although I do suffer from occasional breakouts,the problem that I have is uneven skin tone. I was using this to help with that and I see that this can not help me but only hurt me. I've used Taz to the bare minimum this time around, using the Short Contact Therapy Method three nights out of the week, skipping nights in between and I still ended up with patchy, dry, irritated skin. I'm going back to RAM. I have to at this point. No more Taz.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Tan Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
I wanted sooooo to like this for I have heard soooo many miracle stories about this from my friends on the QVC BB and here. But unfortunately my skin could not tolerate it. I believe you should use a retinoid every day and I tried th .05% both gel and cream. I flaked and got wierdly bumpy (not zits) and jusyt looked sickly. I stuck it out for 4 months and stopped at that point and went to RAM....which I LOOOOOVE. More power to those who can use taz...i'm sadly just not one of them:(