Unlisted Brand • Tazorac • Skincare - Face
|Would buy this product again.||82%|
Age: 44-55 Skin: Dry, Medium Hair: Blond Eyes: Brown
This is the very best for slin with fine wrinkles,spots,sun damage,and to acheive a more uniform slin tone. I have used it off and on ( break a few weeks) and people stop me to ask what I use.
I use it daily during the day and have for the past 8 years,when I peel I have awesome baby like skin again. A must for me!!!
Caution:Must use sunscreen and this product can burn if not careful.
Those with senitive skin should not use.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Red, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Green
I absolutely love this stuff. I had a derm right after high school and tried several products with virtually no change. Years later I still have huge pores (thanks mom) and occasional breakouts, trying everything from Proactiv to Murad, with next to no change. After the insistence of my doctor I got put on Depo. Which promptly wrecked my skin - cysts, large breakout spots on my chin and neck. I quit wearing makeup all together, and even my Pretika made no difference. I finally ended up with Taz, and with in days my skin started looking better, even my huge pores and blackheads were clearing. I started off at every other night (using the 0.05% gel), and gradually worked up to nightly use. Yes, there is peeling involved, but my skin has never looked better, and I've been using it for about 2 months now. I have finally settled in to a decent regime, and the Taz has made a huge difference. I will continue to use this again and again.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Medium, Warm Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine Eyes: Brown
Quick background: I started having issues with acne at age 18. My skin used to respond well to systems such as Klear Action & ProActive but when I got pregnant I stopped using BP upon my doctor's advice. After I had my son I tried to resume the BP but my skin simply didn't respond to it anymore. I tend to get horrible cystic acne on my forehead and chin, and painful clogged pores around my nose. I would describe my acne as moderate.
When I started Tazorac, I had an idea of what to expect because I've done alot of research. My mother uses it, and has had good results but she has a totally different skin type (dry/mature). I took the advice of the skincare board and used it every 3rd day, and buffered with moisturizer (Aquaphor around my eyes and Complex 15 on the rest of my face). I noticed peeling immediately, and it was more than just flakes. My cheeks would peel in sheets, the way one might peel after a bad childhood sunburn. Within an hour of applying the gel, my skin would start to itch terribly. I could only tolerate leaving it on for about 3 hours before I had to wash it off because it itched so badly... After about a week I was irritated to the point where it hurt to lay my face on the pillow. My acne worsened significantly, but I figured I was just purging. The redness on my entire face was impossible to conceal so I made excuses to stay in the house. I looked terrible, but I figured this was par the course for treatment. It wasn't until my mother stopped by my house one day and was shocked by my appearance that I realized this was above and beyond the normal range of side effects. So, after all was said and done I lasted 3 weeks on Tazorac before quitting. I'm still not sure if I was having an allergic reaction to the product, or if my skin was simply too sensitive but either way I am glad I stopped using it.
I have since switched to Retin-A gel and I can already tell that this is going to be much better for me. I'm a bit red/flakey/irritated but it's very tolerable. The reason why I still give Tazorac 3 lippies despite it not working for me is because it worked so well for my mother. Her skintone is completely even and her face literally glows. She looks younger and more vibrant. If you use this product, be smart about it... Some redness is normal but if it's to the point where it hurts to lay your head on the pillow it's time to quit.
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Cool Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium Eyes: Blue
I started breaking out about a year ago at 15 years old. My breakouts were never horrible just the occasional inflamed pimples and a few blackheads. But within time my breakouts have gotten worse. I have tried Epiduo, a BP facewash, Duac, Zianna, and a few drugstore acne treatments with little or no sucess. Up until lately my skin really started to bother me, I would get deep bumps beneath the skin that would take forever to get rid of and hurt and alot of blackheads mostly on my nose and chin. My derm has recently put me on Aczone in AM and Tazorac 0.5% cream at night. My derm told me to only use this on my problem spots rather than applying it all over my face and always moisturize before using. I just wash my face with a gentle cleanser use my cetaphil moisturizing cream and wait for about 25 minutes before applying this. I am just starting week three so I can not say that much about any drastic changes but I will update week to week about my progress.
WEEK ONE: A few days in my skin started to purge resulting in huge red bumps and two that were under the skin. I havent experienced any burning or irritation and I only use this every other day to give my skin a break.
WEEK TWO: The bumps have been starting to go away and flatten and my skin has become more flaky. Big zits that were inflamed and red have calmed down a bit.
WEEK THREE: My skin has been acting up more lately for some reason. Ive gotten a few under the surface bumps that are inflamed .I will still continue to use this to see the benefits until I can go see my derm in July to see if he can put me on the gel which seems a little bit stronger.
WEEK FOUR: I have quit using this because my skin cannot tolerate it. At the begaining of using this my skin did purge at first which is expected then it got a little better after the purgining stoped but recently my face just looks like a mess and is very painful. I started getting those under the surface bumps again I mostly get these on my chin but I have had a few on my forehead too. I was using this hopng it would help but it just made the bumps very painful and itch. My mother who never really comments or takes notice in my face even mentioned to me that it looked very painful and red. The bumps on my forehead never really went away and in the end the pain was not worth it.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Black, Straight, Medium Eyes: Brown
Thanks to makeupalley, I gave Taz a try. My face looks so much smoother and brighter by using it. I had this dark blotch, I guess from sun damage - Taz lightened it in just a month. I had pitted skin on my cheeks due to acne scarring from 25 years ago - my cheeks are smoothed out now. I can wear blush and my cheeks look smooth and healthy...previously blush would accenturate the pits on my cheeks.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Olive, Warm Hair: Blond, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Hazel
This stuff literally changed my life !
I've always had pretty good skin, combination, a few zits here and there. I have always had a problem with deeply embedded blackheads. Too deep to have even a facialist get all of them. My olive complexion has some darkening, esp underneath and around the eye; around my mouth, ertc.I tried every treatment, skincare line, masks, microdermabrasion, I.P.L treatments, etc.
When I initially began using Tazorac, I experienced some redness and peeling. However, I did not stop the treatment. After about a month, my skin was brighter and blackheads were significantly reduced.
Lots of people have different ways of using Taz, so try different options till you see what works for you.
At night, after using my Clarisonic with a gentle cleanser, i gently pat my face dry. I wait about 20 minutes or so after washing. I don't apply toner or lotion before this. I then apply taz to my face, in sections, and really gently massaging the cream in. I use more cream as my tolerance increases. I find that using Taz on it's own at nighttime, with no moisturizer, increases it's effectiveness.
If it's particularly cold or I've got dry skin, I will give my face a spritz of hydrating spray or use an oil-free moisturizer after letting the Taz absorb .
Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Hazel
Wow I've only been using this product for a few days but I already feel like I need to write a review! I have had moderate acne that is now under control with birth control(Loestrin 24 fe) but years of cystic acne has left my skin in pretty bad shape. I have a lot of hyperpigmentation and some shallow/indented rolling scars on my cheeks along with blackheads on my nose and cheeks. The Tazorac website recommends using a moisturizer before applying which I have not done and have had no issues. However, I have pretty tough skin and have been using chemical exfoliants and retinoids for some time now. Within two nights of use, my indented scars on my cheeks are gone!! My hyperpigmentation is starting to lighten, I have about half as many blackheads and my skin is literally baby smooth. I wash at night with Cetaphil gentle cleanser wait five minutes then apply the Tazorac, in the morning I moisturize and apply Aczone to any bumps the Tazorac has brought up. I have not had an initial breakout but will update if that changes since I have not been using the product for too long. As far as the price goes, I have been getting samples from my dermatologist so I cannot comment on that. As soon as I run out of samples,though, I plan to get a prescription for a full size tube from my derm. I realize everyones skin reacts differently but after years of trying to get my skin back to normal after bad acne I have finally found an HG product!
***Forgot to mention I am using the Tazorac cream 0.1% in gold/white tube**
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Red, Medium Eyes: Other
Background: I have extremely acne-prone skin that's been malfunctioning since I hit puberty. Before high school I took clindamycin, a topical anti-biotic that greatly eliminated my light acne. During my high school years my hormones went wack and my face erupted with a load of cystic acne. I went back on clindamycin, BP, BHA, sulfur, and tried pretty much every single infomercial acne product, and OTC products available to get rid of the cysts. It went away my senior year of high school but left a lot of red marks and make my skin still prone to comedones.
Before Tazorac: I would classify my acne as light to moderate. I had no cysts or any huge breakouts but there were persistent bumps/comedones on my forehead and some pustules on my cheeks. My doctor prescribed me Tazorac .05% gel and 1% Clindamycin. Clindamycin I know works for me but its effect wane over time. As for Taz, i was afraid my skin would be irritated from Taz, since it's the strongest of the prescription strength retinoids and I couldn't even use AHA products without reacting to it. But then I took a leap of faith, put aside my KS sulfur spot treatment, and incorporated Taz into my regime
Procedure: I've used this once a night since the beginning of Jan. I add a layer of clindamycin after Taz is dried (it's an oral antibiotic and my theory is that it kills off the bacteria the retinol in Taz exfoliated to the surface). In the morning I only use clindamycin.
After Tazorac: My skin is resurfaced. No more frustrating persistent bumps, only smooth, unbelieveably soft, 99% acne free skin (I have two small comedones from that time of the month) .
Now I know this is primariy from the effects of tazorac, and not the clindamycin because i've used clindamycin alone before and the effect would always wane and my skin would always revert back to its usual acne-prone condition after a few weeks. With tazorac, it's been two months and I'm getting softer, clearer skin by the day. Unlike many others' stories, I've never experienced a "purging" period . My skin never got red and dry, and I think it has to do with my using very thick and heavy moisturizer (shea butter or emu oil) after taz as well as putting a light layer of cream before applying Taz. There were mild peeling but it was far from noticeable after moisturizing and makeup. Also, I believed pairing the clindamycin antibiotic with Taz helped with any initial side effects like flaking skin or redness. For those who aren't using clindamycin right now, I recommend using another anti biotic like Burt's Bee Resq ointment, or hydrocortisone to help with the initial purging.
It has been more than a year since I've used Tazorac nightly and it has been a godsend HG product for my face. I can never live without Taz. My skin is 100% clear and remains clear even when I binge eat unhealthy food. Very rarely do I get 1 or 2 zits and even then they disappear within 48 hours of Tazorac. They never manifest into cysts or anything bigger than a whitehead. My overall skintone had also improved dramatically. It is more radiant, soft and smooth. Additionally, I used to have moderately deep rolling scars and now they have resurfaced to mild ice picks that are not visible unless I look very close up. I know my skin will probably never be baby butt smooth again but with continual use of Taz I have high hopes for it smoothing out most of the icepicks and preventing wrinkles and fine lines (:
Age: 25-29 Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Brown, Straight, Medium Eyes: Brown
My skin: I was plagued by severe acne since the age of 12. I'm now 27. When it first hit, it was the most horrific - there were bumps covering my entire forehead. Once that cleared up, it moved to my cheeks. Nose was never affected. In my adult years, it moved more towards my chin area. I always had zits on my face - I could never have clear skin for more than two days at most. My skin was very oily. I could blot 30 minutes after washing my face, and maybe 2-3 more times by 6 PM. No wrinkles (yet).
Things/Brands I've tried in the last 15 years: salicylic acid 20% peels (once a week), salicylic acid washes, salicylic acid gels, tea tree oil, Aqua Glycolic wash and toner, Kinara lactic acid serum, KAVA Coral soap w/ sulfur, Bye Bye Blemish, Clarisonic brush, Cetaphil wash, benzoyl peroxide (made my skin tight, red, hurt), triclosan wash, tretinoin, clindamycin, Mircette, Yasmin, Ortho tri cyclen, Microgestin, three sessions of CO 2 lasering (helped somewhat with scars and hyperpigmentation on my cheeks), apple cider vinegar, lemon/egg white mask, aspirin/honey mask, Panthothenic B-5, Aztec Indian Clay, changing diet... praying!
Tazorac/Minocyclin Log: I was prescribed this combination on 2/18/11. At the time I went in, I had a breakout on my chin area and smaller, less severe bumps on my lower right cheek. I am to take Minocyclin at 50mg twice a day (the dose was lowered since I weigh 105 pounds). I am to use Tazorac 0.05% twice a day. The derm said I could continue to wash my face with 2% salicylic acid wash.
After the initial application of Tazorac, I felt a slight burning and itching sensation, which subsided after about 20 minutes. I then read how people were using moisturizer underneath it, and doing this also got rid of that burning sensation. I use Hyalcollabo Hyalauronic Moisture Lotion (Refresh Light) and a couple of drops of jojoba oil underneath Tazorac.
After Day/Night 1, I already saw a difference in my skin. The deep pimples and bumps that were there before had gone down considerably in size by the next morning. Best of all, my face didn't hurt anywhere. Sometimes, those spots on your face can be tender and painful to touch when you wash your face, but that didn't happen! I was super shocked and pleasantly surprised.
After Day/Night 4, my skin has been less oily, but I am experiencing flakiness. The flakiness is not horrible, just annoying. But being able to wake up to no new breakouts since I started Tazorac is completely worth it.
3/14/11 - It's almost been a month since I started Tazorac. I am glad to report that I do not have any deep pimples except for a minor one on my chin. This is amazing because before Tazorac, I pretty much couldn't go through a week without 3-10 new pimples. It definitely is surprising to wake up to mostly clear skin! The flakiness that I described in the beginning has gone away now.
6/27/11 - It's been about four months since I started Taz. I currently only have one pimple, but it is minor compared to the deep painful ones that I use to get. Taz has been a life-changer. I wish I had known about it in my teenage years! My face does not get as oily as it used to throughout the day, and I no longer have to skip out on events just because of an embarrassing break-out. I am out and enjoying life!
11/26/12 - It's been over a year since I started Taz. I am happy to report that my skin has been the best it has ever been in the past 15+ years. I am thrilled to be able to face the world without having to think about how my skin looks. I am stil using jojoba as a buffer at night before I apply a pea-sized amount of Taz all over my face.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Normal, Fair Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
I want to write this in case it helps someone with skin similar to me.
I am 27 and my skin has gone through a lot of stages. Overall, though, I have had mild acne...forever. And, my skin is NOT sensitive. It can handle pretty much anything. But, pesky mild acne has persisted, and I have tried pretty much everything to get rid of it. I get mild breakouts, especially around my period, but it can happen whenever.
I have even been on accutane to get rid of it for good. Let me tell you - that stuff absolutely works! However, for me, after I came off it, eventually the breakouts came back (bcp was a trigger for me).
I personally can apply Taz every day, and I do not need to apply moisturizer. I can also use my clarisonic. I actually prefer it so that I can exfoliate and slough away the dead skin. If my skin is feeling particularly dry or sensitive, I skip the clarisonic or apply less Taz. I feel like the benefits are double in that I can use the Taz as I am getting older to help my skin looking younger and to keep the acne at bay. The taz does a good job of keeping my skin clear and even.
I am sure that I am in the minority and that most people will have to be more gentle, but I wanted to share my experience.
4/1/2012 - I have determined that my skin is actually quite sensitive/dry - although the taz was helping with the breakouts, it was also extremely harsh on my skin. I have stopped using it and totally changed my routine. Now I have clear skin WITHOUT the harsh side effects of the taz - I just really wasn't aware of how hard I was being on my skin.