Tazarotene serves as a treatment for acne. It is additionally employed to address psoriasis, a skin condition characterized by the development of red, scaly patches on certain areas of the body. Tazarotene falls within the category of medications known as retinoids. Its mode of action in treating acne and psoriasis involves the deceleration of skin cell overgrowth and the reduction of skin cell inflammation, both of which can contribute to the onset of acne or psoriasis.
Uses and Dosage
This medication is intended solely for topical application to the skin. Follow your doctor’s instructions carefully and apply it as directed, typically once daily at bedtime. After application, remember to wash your hands unless you are treating your hands for psoriasis. In case the medication unintentionally comes into contact with areas that do not require treatment, promptly wash it off to prevent potential skin irritation.
Avoid applying this medication to skin that is injured, scraped, sunburned, or afflicted with specific other skin conditions like eczema or seborrheic dermatitis. Be cautious to prevent this medication from entering your eyes or mouth; if such contact occurs, rinse immediately with ample cool water.
When using this product to manage psoriasis, apply a thin layer to cover only the psoriatic plaques. If you plan to bathe or shower before application, ensure that your skin is completely dry beforehand. If you use a moisturizer, apply it at least an hour prior to using this medication.
For those employing this product to address acne, start by cleansing and thoroughly drying the affected area(s). Once the skin is dry, apply an adequate amount to cover all affected area(s).
In the case of using this product to combat skin aging symptoms stemming from sun damage, begin by washing and drying your hands. Cleanse your face with a mild cleanser and pat it dry. Once your skin is dry, apply a pea-sized quantity of the medication to the affected areas on your face in accordance with your doctor’s instructions, typically once daily at bedtime. You may apply a moisturizing cream or lotion on your face either before or after applying this medication. Ensure that either the moisturizer or the medication has been absorbed into your skin before applying the second product.
To derive the maximum benefit from this medication, use it consistently at the same time each day.
It is imperative not to use excessive amounts or apply this medication more frequently or for a longer duration than prescribed. Doing so will not expedite the improvement of your condition but may elevate the risk of experiencing side effects.
Because this drug can be absorbed through the skin and has the potential to harm an unborn baby, pregnant women or those who may become pregnant should avoid handling this medication.
Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention:
- burning or stinging after application
- dryness, itching, peeling, or redness of the skin (mild)
Inform your healthcare provider immediately if you experience any serious side effects:
- burning or stinging of the skin (severe)
- changes in color of the treated skin
- deep grooves or lines in the skin
- dryness, itching, peeling, or redness of the skin (severe)
- pain or swelling of the treated skin
- skin rash
Before commencing tazarotene treatment, inform your doctor or pharmacist if you have any known allergies, including allergies to tazarotene itself, vitamin A-related drugs, or any other allergens. This medication may contain inert components capable of triggering allergic reactions or other adverse effects.
Prior to using this medication, furnish your doctor or pharmacist with a comprehensive account of your medical history, particularly if you have any other skin conditions, a history of sunburn, or increased sun sensitivity.
This medication can heighten your skin’s sensitivity to sunlight. To mitigate this risk, limit your sun exposure, steer clear of tanning booths and sunlamps, apply sunscreen daily, and don protective clothing when outdoors. Notify your doctor promptly if you experience sunburn or develop skin blisters or redness. Ensure your skin has fully recovered from sunburn before resuming the use of this medication.
While using this product, avoid electrolysis, waxing, and the use of chemical depilatories for hair removal on the treated areas.
This medication must not be used during pregnancy, as it may pose a risk to an unborn baby. Your doctor may conduct a pregnancy test within 2 weeks prior to initiating this medication. Commence this medication during a regular menstrual period. Discuss the use of reliable forms of birth control (such as condoms or birth control pills) with your doctor. If you become pregnant or suspect you may be pregnant, promptly inform your doctor.
Given that this drug can be absorbed through the skin and potentially harm an unborn baby, pregnant women or those who may become pregnant should refrain from handling this medication.
It remains uncertain whether this drug passes into breast milk. To prevent direct contact, breastfeeding women should avoid applying this medication to the nipple and areola. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding while using this medication.
Form and Strength
Tazorac Cream is available in the following forms and strengths:
Tazorac Cream cream:
Can I apply moisturizer after Tazorac Cream?
Yes, you can put moisturizer over Tazorac Cream. Just make sure that the cream is completely rubbed in and the skin is dry to the touch before applying moisturizer over it.
Is Tazorac Cream supposed to burn?
Burning or stinging where you apply Tazorac is a possible side effect, but it shouldn’t be extreme. If it becomes excessive or intolerable, let your provider know.