What treatment do you prefer for acne/ wrinkles Retin-A micro gel .1%or Tazorac gel .1%? (photo)

I am 23 with thyroid issues that are in the process of being corrected naturally ,however I have hormonal acne because of it. Mostly on chin and jawline. I want something that will also prevent wrinkles and smooth skin :) Also wondering if I should consider the cream base ... However I break out easily which is why I asked for the gel . I will being paying cash for which ever one I choose ..around $240:( so I want to make the most informed decision. thank you !!

Doctor Answers 2

Acne medications

Both medications work well but I find that Tazorac is a little more drying. Gel formulations are more drying than creams. If you have dry skin to begin with you may want to start with a cream 0.05% at first.


Long Island Dermatologic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 19 reviews

Cream over gel

Everyone is different in regards to their preference. Creams are less drying than gel. Personally I would choose the Tazorac as it is more powerful than the Retin A. I would buy a high concentration, this way you can dilute the cream if you have irritation and then slowly work up to the higher concentration. Use 2-3 nights per week, lots of moisturiser before application and in between. All the best, Dr Davin Lim. Brisbane. Australia. 

Davin Lim, MBBS, FACD
Brisbane Dermatologist
4.7 out of 5 stars 62 reviews

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.