Unlisted Brand • Tazorac • Skincare - Face

rated 4.1(209 reviews)

Average Rating.4.1
Would buy this product again.82%

rated 1 of 5 waldsen on 1/10/2012 8:22:00 AM more reviews by waldsen

Age: 25-29   Skin: Other   Hair: Other   Eyes: Other    

This was the only retinoid my insurance would cover, so I gave it a try.

Pros: it works and my skin breaks out less now, even tho I'm off the med

Cons: HUGE PORES that never go away :(

I know I'm not the only one with this issue, please keep an eye on your pore size.

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rated 5 of 5 clafler1 on 12/29/2011 7:35:00 PM more reviews by clafler1

Age: 19-24   Skin: Combination, Tan   Hair: Brunette   Eyes: Blue    

I absolutely LOVE this product. It is quite pricey even with insurance but it has made my acne disappear in three months! I'm 21 and and for the past 2 years my skin has been worse than it was when i was in my teens. Made me so self conscious it was awful all over my chin and cheeks horrible redness and tender to the touch. I couldn't cover it up most of the time with makeup even. Finally i made an appointment to see a dermatologist and he gave me this along with duac which helped with redness and swelling, while the tazorac keeps my skin shedding so i don't get pimples. The only time i had a breakout was during finals but they were gone completely in two days! now my skin is smooth and soft and acne free. I will continue to buy this product even at 40 dollars a tube.

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rated 5 of 5 adallago on 10/14/2011 12:22:00 PM more reviews by adallago

Age: 30-35   Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm   Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Coarse   Eyes: Brown    

I've been using Tazorac .1% gel since I was 19 years old, which was (sadly) 12 years ago. Wow, has it been that long?? I had moderate acne/enlarged pores that didn't seem to respond to the other treatments (clindamycin, retin-a, doxy, benzaclin, etc). I've probably been through 8 tubes of this stuff in that time, and I don't plan on stopping any time soon. I credit it with halting much of the early aging signs that most friends my age have been exhibiting for a while. My derm has agreed that my skin definitely looks younger than my age might suggest. I can't believe that my most of my friends in their early thirties don't use a retinoid. I always tell them to get on the Taz!

I started out using the moderated contact method. I'd apply the gel after washing, and then rinse it off after 1 minute. After 2 weeks, I'd leave it on for 2 minutes. After 4 weeks, 3 minutes. I worked up to 5 minutes/night. After that I could leave it on over night almost every night. Every so often, though, I experience intense stinging while I'm lying in bed. I just rinse it off, and the irritation goes away. I can't really explain why that happens now and then, but it's not such a big deal.

I wasn't always a big Taz fan though. As a 24-year-old, it really didn't help much with my acne. I stuck with it through all that time, though, and I'm glad I did now. I took a break at age 28 to go through 6 months on Accutane. That really did the trick, and my skin barely breaks out since then. Now I turn to the Taz' to help with scarring, freckles and fine lines around the eyes. My doctor approved of my using it very close to my eyes so that I can get at the crows feet and crepes before they form. At times (in the winter) that's been too irritating. But I'd say after 12 years I'm pretty immune to the side effects.

One winter I got a pretty bad sunburn from a week's vacation in the Caribbean. That was the first time I ever saw the tiniest frown wrinkle on my forehead. For the next 6 months I very, very diligently applied my Tazorac every night to that area, and it really has greatly diminished. I never thought frown lines could respond like that to a topical. Lately I've been focusing my energy on the crows feet and eye baggies. The crows feet are pretty much nonexistent, which thrills me. I wish the freckles on my cheekbones would fade more, though. I am going to start some intense vitamin c treatments to see if I can change that.

My only fear with this stuff is that I've become immune to it, having been using it for so long. But I'll just keep using it: better safe than sorry!

Highly recommended :)

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rated 5 of 5 sassylatina on 9/12/2011 4:44:00 PM more reviews by sassylatina

Age: 19-24   Skin: Combination, Medium, Neutral   Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium   Eyes: Brown    

I started using tazorac when I was 15. I used it twice daily (once in the morning and once in the evening) after washing my face. It was strong enough to fight break outs, but when my skin was not broken out it was mild enough not to irritate my skin. If I happened to be broken out, I could still use face make up and the acne medicine worked just as fine. If you use tazorac you won't need any fancy face washes or moisturizers to follow up - something over the counter like Cetaphil will do.

I don't care for the tin tube it comes in. On occasion the tube will get punctured and you have to be super careful when squeezing out the medicine.

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rated 4 of 5 cguess6 on 9/1/2011 3:22:00 PM more reviews by cguess6

Age: 19-24   Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium   Hair: Red   Eyes: Brown    

I have been suffering acne for at least 4 to 5 years, which I know is not many compared to others, but in all honesty, it only takes a few zits to knock your confidence no matter how long you have been suffering. I tried Pro-Activ, which was a joke. Then I moved to Differin .5% and it worked for a while, then as my dermatologist said it would, the product began to stop working as my skin got used to it. Then, I spent a year abroad in Europe and that completely destroyed my skin. My pores were all full and when I brushed my hand against my face, not only did I feel bumps all over, but it was also painful. Make-up was useless on my skin.
Then when I got back and went to the dermatologist, she put me on Solodyn along with Tazorac (.1%). The Solodyn didn't do much, but the Tazorac started working right away. My doctor then switched me onto Amoxocillin, which I reluctantly did, as being on an antibiotic as a treatment can really mess with your body.
I have been using Cetaphil cleanser and lotion twice a day and applying Tazorac + 1 Amoxicillin every night and I have seen major improvements. The Amoxocillin for me, was to attack the infection under my skin, which is why she put me on antibiotic. For my pores and deep zits she prescribed me the Tazorac. Unfortunately, yes, your skin gets pretty ripped up from the Tazorac which is definitely the downfall of this product as I am sure many are dissapointed after the first few weeks because who really wants to wait for clear skin when they are told Tazorac is a "miracle" acne treatment?
Well I am here to tell you that it is worth the wait, and the pain, the dryness, itchiness, flakey, red skin that Tazorac at first makes you suffer through is worth the wait. Annoying as it is to constantly see your face getting worse, it really is helping you. Tazorac works underneath the skin and resurfaces all the zits that have been building up. So whiteheads and regular zits are a bittersweet triumph because it is working, unfortunately, not as beautifully as you wished.
There was one week where my skin was so terrible and I really did not want to go out anywhere. I had barely any confidence and I didn't even want to go to my boyfriend of 2 years home because I felt like such crap. But after the first few initial weeks, it only gets better. I have been on Tazorac since June and my face is light years better than it was before! The trick with Tazorac is to really only use a little bit. I put a teeny tiny drop on both cheeks, forehead, and chin, which, honestly, is probably overdoing it. The more you use Tazorac, the drier and itchier your skin will get. If you are like me, and think that more is better, I was proven wrong by this product.
Before using Tazorac, I looked at reviews (most likely as you are doing), and I got the pants scared off of me by all of the horrible reviews, the thing is, the worst reviews you read are probably during the worse time that Tazorac works with your skin (ex. deep pore zits, whiteheads, painful zits, itchiness, flakiness that really cannot be helped). You really have to wait it out and see the results that you have worked so hard to get. Do not let it get you down, because trust me, I was almost at that point, but as soon as it got worse, it really was getting better all the while!
At this time, my skin is still a little bit itchy, but my problem area, the hormonal area where most people get it; chin, jawline, and hairline, is pretty much cleared up with a few zits still working with the Tazorac.
The thing about this product is you have to be patient, so if you are one who wants instant results, I would not recommend Tazorac. However, Tazorac works until your skin is completely clear, and keeps it that way with the occasional zit or two. Tazorac has worked wonders for me and I definitely recommend it to those of you who, like me, had suffered not only years, but had your confidence and self-worth destroyed by acne. This a long review, but I really hope it helps!

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rated 5 of 5 beba53 on 8/17/2011 10:46:00 PM more reviews by beba53

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.


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rated 5 of 5 NigheanRuadh on 6/16/2011 10:35:00 PM more reviews by NigheanRuadh

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.

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rated 3 of 5 GinaM98 on 6/14/2011 2:17:00 PM more reviews by GinaM98

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.

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rated 2 of 5 *TOP REVIEWER* OhsnappitsEm on 5/23/2011 4:21:00 PM more reviews by OhsnappitsEm

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.

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rated 5 of 5 Tiggerbear on 5/4/2011 10:04:00 PM more reviews by Tiggerbear

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.

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