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on 6/5/2010 8:56:00 AM
More reviews by ShyLilAngel917
Age: 18 & Under
Skin: Very Oily, Fair-Medium, Not Sure
Hair: Black, Straight, Fine
Alright guys. This is the only thing that worked on my body acne.Let me just say right now that most of my body acne is made up of small clogged pores and occasionally these clogged pores would become inflamed (this is especially true around my elbows or upper arms. The reason must be because it comes in contact with bacteria in school. I dont think the janitors sanitize the desks, do you? lol)Anyway, that being said. I've tried Benzoyl peroxide with little success, I've tried sulfur with zero success, I've tried beta hydroxy acids (or Salicylic acids) with no improvement...Um I wouldn't say I've tried everything on the market, but Once I put Tazorac 0.1% cream on those congested pores and inflamed lesions I saw things rapidly improving.By the 5-6 day most of the clogged pores were gone and the inflamed lesions were practically flat. I also have hyper pigmentation marks on these areas and they are definitely fading away.Remember, Tazorac is the strongest and harshest out of all three retinoids (Differin/Retin a/Tazorac), though this doesnt mean its better in terms of efficiency it only means I know my body can handle it. Our facial skin is very different from the skin on our bodies. I experienced no peeling, redness, or irritation from using this product. DO Remember to use SPF everyday or wear protective clothing so that if you DO have discolorations it would not worsen. Tazorac helps correct these discolorations, but it also increases photo sensitivity. Wearing SPF 30+ is necessary when using any product with this side effect. Having an Umbrella during those hot summer days helps too. So that's the end of my rant. I hope you guys find this helpful. After the success with my body acne I'm trying out Tazorac 0.5% gel ( gel because I'm very oily and its now summer time) on my face. Wish me luck!! (oh and one more thing!! IF IT IS YOUR FIRST TIME USING TAZORAC ON YOUR FACE please ask for an oral antibiotic and a topical antibiotic that does NOT INCREASE PHOTO SENSITIVITY to control any purging or initial breakouts that may occur! This is very important. Clogged pores have a small chance of scarring your skin, but if they become infected and inflamed the chances of scarring jump. You do not want to look like me! I had a cystic breakout caused by raging hormones, anxiety, and stress which left me permanently scarred. You do not want this.)
5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.
on 5/20/2010 1:36:00 AM
More reviews by Lovinya02
Skin: Combination, Other, Not Sure
Hair: Brunette, Other, Other
When I was initially perscribed this I had only used it about 2 weeks or so and I completely stopped b/c it made my skin soooo dry, flakey, and irriated but even the slightest bit of sun. After $1000's of prescriptions I finally found an over the counter cleanser that works for me better then anything. I had hoooorrible horrible acne and used to spend tons and tons on foundation and now its probably been 2-3 years since I've even put powder on my face aside from going out or when I work bartending just to even my complextion out alittle. I only use this VERY sparingly like the tinnnnniest little drop for my little occassional pms/stress breakouts. A little definately goes a looong way and even when I use the slightlest little bit I STILL peel and need to use lotion for like the next week or so. :/It works if used correctly but is very strong.
1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.
on 5/20/2010 1:01:00 AM
More reviews by SUGAJAY
Skin: Sensitive, Tan, Not Sure
Hair: Brown, Other, Other
OMG! I just had to add a review to this. I suffered from terrible acne as a preteen/teenager. It was to the point where u honestly could not see my face. I was perscribed everything imagineable and most of it just made it worse. Then finally after all the crap i tried using for several years, i was perscribed Tazorac. I noticed a difference in about two weeks. It was a small difference but as i continued using it, the results were amazing! I went away on vacation one summer and when I returned, most of my acne was gone. People thought I had some type of chemical peel or something, thats how great this stuff worked for me. I have super sensitive skin and had terrible acne so anytime anyone asks me what i did, i reccommend this to them. My only problem with it is that it does leave my face terribly dry and peely which is why i used it only at night. I always had to make sure i had a pocket mirror and face lotion handy cuz my face would be full of dead skin pretty fast and pretty often. Also I live in Toronto so i had to pay 50 bucks for this stuff. It last about two months which isnt too bad. If you have sum type of insurance then it would be dirt cheap for you.Despite the dry skin n price, i still buy it and continue to use it. Once my face cleared i kind of stopped using it but i notice a slight breakout so now i dont go to bed without using it. DEFINATELY worth it
on 5/13/2010 4:20:00 PM
More reviews by hgallaher
Skin: Combination, Medium, Not Sure
This is the best acne medicaiton I have ever used. It does peel your face, but my derm reminded me that people pay thousands of dollars for chemical peels, this is just less expensive and slower. She also gave me several hints. In the morning, I use Cetaphil gentle cleanser to wash my face followed by Benzaclin (tried both alone and they do best in combo) and Olay Total Defense SPF 30 for sensitve skin. At night, I use the Cetaphil to remove my makeup and wash my face. HERE IS THE TRICK---Use Cetaphil lotion or cream (depending on how dry you are) BEFORE you use your Tazorac. This decreases peeling and redness quite a bit, and it is on the patient rx info that no one reads. My skin has less pimples, looks better and does not peel as bad when I follow these directions.
4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.
on 4/19/2010 8:26:00 PM
More reviews by PaperAlias
Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Warm
Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium
I HATED this stuff when I first started using it, but after using it for several weeks now, I've learned to use it properly.I was originally using an AHA lotion to moisturize at night, and I would exfoliate in the evenings with a scrub too. Combining Tazorac with an AHA AND exfoliation in the same night is a baaaad idea! I'm on .1% and this is powerful stuff....I no longer use the AHA lotion (instead I use a regular non-medicated moisturizer). And if I need to exfoliate, I do it in the morning. I only apply Tazorac before bedtime. The biggest side effects for me was the burning and itching. But by eliminating my AHA and exfoliating less frequently, it started feeling a lot better.This works VERY well with speeding up cell turnover. With that, I also experienced a lot of peeling. I'd put it on at night, and by the next morning when I went to wash my face, I'd notice little flakes of dead skin falling off after cleansing. I started getting new breakouts on my chin and left cheek, and the Tazorac dried them up very, very quickly. It works great with fading post-acne marks (newer marks will fade faster than older ones). My face is definitely evening out in tone and texture.This stuff will work fine all on its own, meaning you don't really need to supplement it with other harsh acne products. Although, I would recommend applying a layer of moisturizer underneath it to give your skin a protective barrier. And of course, if you apply it in the morning, always add a sunscreen.UPDATE: Been on this stuff for over a month now, and I'm loving the results. Even after a month, it does still sting when a put it on right away after washing, but I created a little routine for myself: After washing and moisturizing, I wait about a half hour (enough time for my skin to build a slight barrier of natural oil) AND THEN I put the Tazorac on. A little work, but it's fine for me. Does not sting at all when I do this. My skin tone is much more even in tone and texture.
3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.
on 4/11/2010 9:32:00 AM
More reviews by javajunkie787
Skin: Normal, Other, Not Sure
Hair: Other, Other, Other
i started this product back in April at my derm's rec for my mild, but stubborn acne. i have mostly blackheads and whiteheads and over the years NOTHING has worked and ive tried everything. i do NOT recommend this product, particularly if you are truly emotionally suffering w/ your acne and cant take any more stress from it.Tazorac is harsh, and gave me a very hard time. it creates a lot of redness, dryness, peeling, and breakouts! this broke me out until JUNE and at times the redness/harsh irritation was so bad i honestly looked like i had a disease. i went home crying a few times from work and people asked me what was wrong with my face. In my opinion anyone with acne knows, its bad enough to have it, you dont need this extra aggravation.overall this didnt even help my skin! i switched to Retin A which was a lot gentler but still rough. finally i increased my dose of spironolactone and it cleared my skin immediately. i still use the Retin sometimes but it doesnt seem to help/hinder any. if you do decide to use this, listen to your Dr. Do not tan, do not wax, do not use overzealously, and use moisturizers. be prepared to be pale, red, and miserable for a few weeks and then hopefully it will kick in and work for you. it did not for me!
2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.
on 4/10/2010 1:35:00 PM
More reviews by llevis
This product saved my skin. I've done Dan's BP, Diacneal, Duac, MUAC SA's, everything. It takes a very long time to really work (about 3 months) and the beginning is awful... red skin, peeling, more breakouts. You can combat this by washing your face (getting ALL the makeup off), waiting 30 minutes, moisturizing, wait another 30 minutes, then apply a PEA sized amount. After I did this for a few months, I started skipping the moisturizer so it would penetrate a bit more. My skin is still peeling a bit, but a honey mask and manual exfoliation in the shower works well. IF the peeling is really bad I'll use a little Aquaphor. I generally take my makeup off with jojoba oil, then wash my face with a non soap cleanser (neutrogena gentle wash), workout, shower, then apply taz .01 gel before bed. In the morning I'll splash my face with water and use a moisturizer with UV 40 or higher, then apply makeup. I find the less other products you use, the better taz works. I have duac on hand, but I never really have to use it. I find the taz does fine on it's own. Don't give up on this. It will take time to work, but it WILL work, just be patient and stay out of the sun. You'll look younger, have no acne, and an even skin tone. It's worth a few months of pain. TRUST!
on 4/3/2010 12:51:00 PM
More reviews by tangledupinpink
Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Cool
Hair: Brown, Wavy, Fine
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
More reviews by eaj1234
Skin: Other, Other, Not Sure
Update #4: (3/28/15) Turns out I blamed Tax for an inflammatory skin condition that was internal, so Taz may have exacerbated, but did not cause it. Now that it is under control, I am back to using taz, and it is erasing the past couple years of aging that this skin condition caused. I also started using it on my hands, and after a month or so, they are looking noticeably firmer. Amazing stuff!!! still super drying though. I can use retin A .025 every other night. This is more like once a week. 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 anotherUPDATE #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.
on 12/24/2009 12:06:00 AM
More reviews by puppycrazy
Skin: Acne-prone, Medium, Not Sure
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.
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