Hello, What is the best way to use Tazorac cream (0.05%) to take full advantage of all the skin benefits? How often? How much? Before/After moisturizer? etc... what about the 'short contact' method? Thanks so much!
How Do You Properly Use Tazorac Cream?
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Proper use of Tazorac for acne
Tazorac is an excellent topical retionid for any (and anti-wrinkle side effects) but it, like other retinoids, can be drying. To get best results use just a green pea-sized amount on the whole face at bedtime only. Moisturize twice daily. It does not matter if you put the moisturizer on over or under the Tazorac. Use a gentle, moisturizing cleanser and avoid scrubs. Don't forget to use sunscreen in your morning moisturizer.
Tazorac for acne
Tazorac is a topical retinoid and a nice treatment option for acne. Because it is very strong, I suggest using it as short contact therapy starting at 3 minutes each night for 1 month, then 10minutes for 1 month, then 1 hour for 1 month, then trying it on overnight. If your skin gets too dry or irritated, you can apply a moisturizer 10minutes after applying the tazorac, or take breaks from the tazorac.
Use Tazorac cream or other vitamin A creams nightly for best results
We start patients out every other night for the first two weeks, and if they are having dryness or irritation, they can add a moisturizer on top of it. The short contact method was previously done with Tazorac Gel, which can be more irritating, and is likely not necessary when you are using the cream. Most results take about 4-5 months to get clearance of acne and improvement of sun damage. Best to you.
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Using Topical Retinoids (Retin A)
Like all retinoids, Tazorac can be somewhat irritating, and in clinical work the gel was found to be prettyirritating to some. The cream formulation is definitely less irritating. Your board-certified dermatologist will best be able to review with you the proper way to use your medication, and it should be standard procedure in today’s world for the prescriber to go over the best way to use the medicine. For Tazorac, you can wash your face before bed, pat it dry but not totally dry, and apply a pea size amount which can cover the entire face. A moisturizer can be applied directly after the medicine, and this will, in my opinion, keep theirritation potential to a minimum. If irritation occurs, ask your doctor.
Tazorac and Elevase creams
Tazorac Treatment Protocol
Tazorac is a topical retinoid that is incorporated into some acne regimens. Many patients are not able to tolerate Tazorac as it is considered to be the most irritating of the topical retinoids, however it can be very efficacious for some patients. Additionally, it is pregnancy category X so should never be used during pregnancy or when attempting to conceive. In the patients I prescribe Tazorac, I have them apply a small amount to their entire face prior to bed time after washing their face with a gentle face wash. As always, I recommend being evaluated by a board certified dermatologist so the appropriate regimen can be prescribed for you.
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