Unlisted Brand • Tazorac • Skincare - Face
|Would buy this product again.||82%|
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Olive Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
I got this prescribed for acne years ago but didn't use it till about a week ago after reading the reviews on this site.
Holy crap -- this is AMAZING FOR DARK SPOTS!
I have (correction had) one pretty dark sun damage spot on my cheek that nothing could get rid of until I started putting this stuff on it about 5-6 days ago twice a day as a spot treatment (use less for the entire face because it will make you peel)
Today the spot is at least 50% faded -- that is incredible!!! It will probably be completely gone in another week!!
LOVE LOVE LOVE
I am also using this on my millia under the eyes and that will take longer as I don't see much difference yet but I have faith seeing how well it worked on that stupid spot!
Age: 36-43 Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
The best daily use product ever, aside from good sunscreen. I can't stand my skin when I skip a day. This does it all. Nothing compares except for maybe Retin-A. I use the generic tazarotene gel from ADC. It's so cheap it's practically free. Highest recommendation from me, although friends have complained it's too irritating and gives itchy skin.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Dry, Medium, Neutral Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Brown
The answer to acne PERIOD! This has been a MIRACLE for my skin! After my 25th birthday I got horrible acne as a side effect for another medication I was taking. Which means it would be much harder for me to get rid of the acne since I couldn't stop taking the other medication. My acne was all around my face, I mean everywhere on my skin! I got so depressed I did not even want to go out. I felt like I was a depressed teenager, worst I never had acne as a teenager and could not believe I was experiencing this as an adult. I literally would cry like a ten-year-old. I tried EVERYTHING! I mean literally everything! Finally after a year, I went to a dermatologist and after many fails, he prescribed Tazorac. You need to understand Taz is very strong and you will purge at first. My acne got even worst! But because I did so much research on it I knew this would happen and stuck to it. My acne got worst for two whole months. So bad, I actually took a break from my job- I was that depressed! After two months, my face began to clear up. Every week it would be clearer and clearer, after about four months my face was almost completely clear. I still had minor breakouts and still had to wear some concealer on areas where I was left with acne scars. Now its been about 8 months and my face is completely clear! Not even one tiny zit, nothing, NADA! I don't wear makeup at all! Back in the days, I NEVER saw the day I would not need to wear foundation to cover my acne in, and here I am now with nothing on my face but my skin. People compliment my skin all the time thinking I never even experienced acne and that I'm still the "porcelain doll" my friends called me in high school because of my skin. I wish people who experienced what I did try this little cream, because I know what it feels like to have acne. Stick with this for a few months, and if your face agrees with the retinoids, you will look forward to rub this little gem every night. It is a blessing, to be able to walk out that door now with nothing on. I hope that whoever reads this and tries it, this works just as good as it did on me, and I can read their miraculous results one day :)
Age: 25-29 Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium, Neutral Hair: Black, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Brown
EDIT: Don't use this if you can. It ruined my face. I am now left with a face full of half finished business. A zillion cysts and bumps under the skin. My face was clear before, i just needed something to help with the red marks i got from a previous breakout. After 4 weeks of this garbage and after viewing my skin, my dermatologist said don't use it ever again. At times i cannot resist the temptation to not cry when i see my self in the mirror :(
My derm prescribed this to me last week. In Australia it's called Zorac. He gave me the 0.05% cream. I've been using this for about 1 week already and whoa nelly it has given me the worst breakout of my life. I have all these cysts and angry pimples as well as small bumps under the skin. I'm not sure if this is just th initial breakout or something but whatever it is it needs to stop! It's made my face 100x times worse! No joke. I started crying this morning when i woke up and saw my face. I will persist with this for another few weeks or so, if by then it hasn't stopped then i will chuck this in the bin and be done with it FOREVER! Prior to this i was on Differin but i only needed to use it ocassionally, say, once every 3 months or so! I never got cystic acne on Differin and never 5 at a time in a concentrated area. I hate this right now. Will update if this gets better :(
Age: 19-24 Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
This is my first review but I have to say that I really like this product. I've always had really light acne although I've use tons of stuff (Retin-A micro,benzaclin, all strength of differin, etc) I was using differin .3 and suddenly got all these little bumps all over my forehead, where I normally never breakout. The derm prescribed tazorac cream .05, and think actually got a lot worse. All the little bumps on my forehead suddenly became big red painful bumps. I was really upset but still used taz. Now, after 7 weeks my skin is 85% clear and it's great. The cream doesn't seem to irritate my skin much either. Bottom line is that it gets a lot worse before it gets better.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Normal, Olive, Cool Hair: Black, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Brown
I have gone through tubes and tubes of these! This has been one of the only things that has worked for me. I was on Differin for quite some time, but it stopped working after a while. Differin also caused several sun spots on my face. Tazorac helped fade scars, acne, and the sunspots left by Differin. It is a bit drying so make sure to moisturize and apply Tazorac 20 minutes later! Will also cause purging, but once you get over that stage, your skin will thank you!
Age: 30-35 Skin: Sensitive, Fair Hair: Blond, Curly, Fine Eyes: Green
This was prescribed to me after trying the following over the years:
Retin-A (of all varieties)
Persa-Gel (old school)
T-gel (also old school)
Tetracycline (did this a WHILE ago, pre 2007)
Tazorac did nothing but make my already horrible break outs worse, my face peeled over and over (even with small amounts as indicated should be used), I was NEVER able to repair the moisture loss in my skin without adding to the acne. It increased my redness (already have Rosacea), my sensitivity, my pain level has gone higher since using this. Acne spots don't seem to come to a head as easy, the bumps are larger, more painful, seem to take longer to pop or go away.
I'm off of it now, hope Dermatologist suggests something that works, because this was a waste and it's ruining what's left of my face.
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium Hair: Red Eyes: Green
I hate tazorac. I tried every strength available, it just made my skin dry and did absolutely NOTHING for all the acne on my face. It probably works well for a lot of people, I just have terrible acne.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Sensitive, Fair Hair: Red, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Hazel
I love, love, love Tazorac. In the last 10 years or so, I've tried Differin (did nothing for me), Retin-A (burned, hurt, made my skin flake and fall off...even after months of use), and then, finally, Tazorac. An MUA friend told me to start by using it once a month, then go to once every two weeks, then once a week, and so on, until I found the frequency that worked for me without causing irritation. I use it about 2 times a week now--sometimes 3--and it has done wonderful things for my aging skin. My skin is more plump and moisturized, with fewer flaking episodes or breakouts. My pores are smaller and the very fine wrinkles I have here and there are definitely less noticeable. As an extra benefit, it really helps keep my rosacea under control, as well. I still peel and flake from time to time, but it's minor, and nothing like as awful as with Retin-A.
The one thing I think is important for all users to know is that the CREAM has mineral oil in it. So if your derm gives you the cream and you feel like it's making your skin oily, it probably is. My skin is dry, so I like the cream formula--it is actually somewhat moisturizing for me. But if your skin is oily, give consideration to trying the GEL, which has no mineral oil in it.
This is expensive for me, but I agree with previous reviews that it's a heck of a lot cheaper than buying a bunch of high-end skincare products that won't work half as well.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
My dermatologist gave me tons of samples of this after I told him I had used Tretinoin in the past with no improvement. He wanted me to try a stronger topical before resorting to Accutane, and I am so glad I did! I've only been using it for two weeks now, but I started seeing an improvement within the first couple days. I apply a pea sized amount nightly to my entire face, and I have had absolutely no irritation, peeling or redness. That's almost unheard of for me, since my skin is sensitive to pretty much everything. The red spots from previous breakouts seem much lighter and my skin has an overall smoothness that it hasn't had in a while. My doctor prescribed an antibiotic also, which has probably helped prevent any purging breakouts. I love Tazorac and will continue to use it as long as I can with hopefully the same results.
UPDATE: It's been a little over a month now and I can say that the combination of Tazorac and an antibiotic has saved my skin! I haven't been able to say that about any other product EVER. I rarely break out with anything other than the smallest of spots anymore, and when I do they go away extremely fast. I will run out of the antibiotic soon and will update if that results in any breakouts. The Tazorac seems to be slowly fading my acne scars as well and I'm finally able to look forward to a completely clear complexion. That makes me want to cry because it's been such a long and difficult struggle with my skin. I love this stuff!
Age: 30-35 Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Brown, Straight, Fine Eyes: Brown
I was using Differin and having pretty good results with it, but was still getting occasional spots. So I decided to order Tazorac from ADC to see if it could clear me up better than the Differin. I made sure to ease into it with less than pea sized amount applied at night, buffered with Cetaphil or Cerave, and I did still experience some peeling, but only for the first few weeks. However, this tripled my cystic acne and made me look worse than ever, which I thought might just be me purging, but nope, I stuck with this for 6 months, waiting for the clear skin, which never came. Not only did I get constant breakouts, but the pimples I got lasted longer, taking longer to come to a head. And the red marks from the old acne did not fade away faster like it did with Differin, in fact they stayed raw and red, not completely healing. It was an awful 6 months and I regret ever trying this. Now I'm on Ziana (tretinoin gel with clindamycin) and am completely clear.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
I was previously on tazorac when I was in high school, i am now 21. This topical is amazing!!! My face was horrible i had huge pimples on my forhead, temples and sides of my cheek. They left horrible pigmentation on my skin and some even looked like holes. I would always feel ugly with my face. SO mydermy gave me tazorac and cephalexin. My face was clearing up tremendously, in fact it cleared up for about a year!.
Now that I am 21, my derm put me back on it hopefully it will cntinue to work and do the miracle it once did for me in highschool. I have only been on it for a week now and i did get new big pimples but I am hoping that will go away. I have expeeinced the peeling and I must say that I love that my face peels becuase it reveals newer skin and it is really soft. I will keep an update on my progress :)
UPDATE- thi s is week 2, I still have a lot of peeling I didnt get anymore pimples. All the little pimples that I had erupted and were big. Now the pimples that I had from the purging feel like scabs. So far so good. Since my skin is oily and my dr gave me the cream version of this i dont apply moisturizer before applyling it unless my skin screams thirsty!
UPATE- this is week 3 and I still sorta break out. The pimples I get turn into a head right away so they usually last about 2-3 days. I noticed the marks on my skin from previous acne is slowly but surely fading. i am still peeling and by the end of the day my skin is peeling a lot even with the makeup. Its kinda disappointing to still get pimples but I am ony on week 3 so hopefully this will go away.
UPDATE- I am on week 6 and i do not get anymore painful bumps. the pimples I do get are small and red but nothing worrisome. Right now I dont have any pimples but I still do have scarring. With time this will fade but at least I controlled the acne so ths will help with the overall healing process of my skin. I strongly recommend taz and do not give up
Update- I have been using the gel form of it the 0.1 and i get way better results with this.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Oily, Olive, Warm Hair: Brown, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Brown
this medication is amazing. i have always suffered from moderate hormonal acne, but sometimes it became severe with deep pimples that left scarring. i also have very oily skin and some blackheads, and sort of an uneven skin tone (but not that bad.)
i mainly got ocella for acne and taz for acne scarring/ hyperpigmentation. my derm put me on taz, ocella (birth control), and an oral antibiotic back in January. now i just use taz and ocella and the result is so great! clear, even skin with a a much glowier and fresher look and just a small pimple once in a while, not even noticeable. i use the .05 cream every other night, just a tiny amount and ive never had to actually purchase it bc i got tons of samples at the derm!
overall, after around 6mo of using taz + ocella my acne has been reduced almost 100%, my scars have faded significantly to the point where i can use a tiny bit of foundation, and the overall texture and glowiness of my skin is much better. my actual hormonal acne is controlled by ocella while Taz deals with the surface skin issues. if the gel is too harsh for you i would try the cream. you will experience peeling in the first month or so but moisturizing beforehand and taking a day off in between using it helps.
i am so glad i was patient with this medication because it is so much better than the thousands of skin products you get over the counter. ive used everything from clinique to olay, peter thomas roth, blah blah.. Taz is far better. My derm visits + the cost of Taz and ocella add up to around $200 a year. that is not bad at all if i consider all the money id waste on buying otc skin products and makeup... and Taz is actually improving your skin in the long run.
i inquired about peels at the derm and he actually told me that using Taz in the long term gives you the same result as peels. i can't schedule the downtime and cant afford peels. if you are patient and make sure you use it every other night, Taz is just as great if not better!
Age: 19-24 Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Neutral Hair: Brunette, Medium Eyes: Brown
This stuff is intense but it works! I bought the 0.05% from All Day Chemists for only about 4 bucks a mini bottle. Whenever I started using it, I got comments on my skin "clearing up" and I noticed how smooth my skin looked all over. When you first start using this, it dries you up and makes you flaky, but once your skin gets used to it after a few weeks, it's great. I ran out recently and need to make another order for more...UPDATE: ran out of this stuff at some point recently and my skin started breaking out without it...rebought a supply for ADC and voila, reclearing right up! i LOVE this and will always continue to use it! plumps up my scars and dries out horrendous zits and cysts...
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
ive been using this for about a year now and i finally decided it was well worth writing a review on this. i looked through a couple of my pictures from last summer and was horrified to see how bad my acne was. if you look at my skin now, its almost flawless (i do have scars left but im taking care of that with micro-der...) and the occasional one or two pimples. I have tried so many acne products from benzaclin, to differin, proactive, murad etc. this was the only thing that helped me. suffered from acne for 12-14 years i believe and FINALLY! it does take time to work so be patient and stick with it. the first 1 or 2 months your face might get worse but itll clear up really fast after that.
my skincare routine:
Cleanser: cetaphil or ole henriksen african red tea foaming cleanser
Moisturizer: Olay classic moisturizer
apply moisturizer after cleansing face at night wait 15min then apply tazorac...works better this way.
ps. my face peeled a lot only moisturizer that healed the peeling was olay or clarins hydraquench for dry skin. =D
Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Medium, Warm Hair: Black, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Black
My acne used to be really bad all through high school. My entire face was literally covered with countless tiny pimples! It was so gross. Really took a toll on my self esteem. Just before university I finally took myself to a dermatologist. He prescribed differin, which didn't work for me because it wasn't strong enough. Then he prescribed .1% tazorac and clindoxyl, which together gave me perfect skin. Clindoxyl keeps pimples at bay by killing p acnes. What tazorac does is it purges and cleans your pores. After using tazorac my pores were flat, clean and visible whereas before they used to be clogged foci for pimples. It takes me 2 years to finish a tube of tazorac so it's worth the $50 I pay for it. You really don't need much. Nowadays I also use OTC BP gel, OTC 8% sulfur cream and OTC Salicylic acid toner as well as queen helene mint julep mask. I use switch around and use different products on different days but I always use at least 1-2 acne fighting products a day. Together all of this stuff works to keep me clear. Unfortunately this stuff will irritate your face and make it darker and redder but it's nothing drastic and it's worth it to have clear skin.
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Very Oily, Fair-Medium Hair: Black, Straight, Fine Eyes: Brown
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.)
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination Hair: Brunette Eyes: Hazel
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.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Sensitive, Tan Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
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
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Hazel
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.