Tazarotene cream is used to treat a certain type of acne and psoriasis. It belongs to a group of medications called retinoids. It works by affecting the way that skin cells grow and are shed. It also reduces inflammation from these conditions. It is available in the form of a gel, foam and a cream that can be applied to the face once a day, at nighttime. It is sold under the brand name Tazorac, Avage, Fabior, and others. It may also be available as a generic medication.
Tazorotene is in a class of medications known as retinoids and it is similar to vitamin A. It acts on the surface of the skin and helps to slow or stop the growth of abnormal cells that can lead to clogged pores and acne. It can help reduce the appearance of redness, flaking and scaling from psoriasis and it may reduce inflammation associated with it. It also can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles from sun exposure or aging.
It is not approved for use in children younger than 12 years old. It can be absorbed through the skin and may affect blood levels in some children. It is not known whether this medication is safe to use during pregnancy or breastfeeding. If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, talk to your doctor before using it. If you become pregnant while taking this medication, stop the use of it and contact your doctor immediately. This medication can make the skin more sensitive to sunlight and extreme weather. It is important to avoid excessive exposure to real or artificial sunlight and wear protective clothing, sunglasses, and sunscreen with a high SPF when you are using this medication.
This medication is usually well tolerated. In some people, it can cause side effects such as burning, dryness, itchiness, or irritation. It can also aggravate other skin conditions such as eczema and seborrheic dermatitis. This medication should not be used with a sunlamp or a tanning bed and should be washed off quickly if it comes into contact with your eyes or mouth.
This medication can be used with other acne medications, but it should not be used with a topical steroid such as isotretinoin (Accutane). It can also increase the effectiveness of topical hydration therapies such as hyaluronic acid injections. It can be used in conjunction with a pore minimizer such as benzoyl peroxide to further reduce the appearance of enlarged pores. It is important to allow the first product to completely absorb and be fully dry before applying tazarotene. It should not be used on irritated skin or with other skin products that have strong drying effects, such as soaps or abrasive cleansers. It is also important to wash your hands after using this medication, unless you are treating the hand area for psoriasis.