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Tazarotene is a designer retinoid that is part of the family of vitamin-A and vitamin-A like products called retinoids. It is approved by Health Canada as a treatment for psoriasis, acne, and photodamage although the majority of its use is for acne and photodamage, similar to the other retinoids.
How do I Use this Medication?
For acne, you should apply a small quantity (pea size) of TazoracŪ to the entire face, especially the areas of involved skin while avoiding areas that could be irritated easier such as the mouth and nose corners. TazoracŪ should also be applied to a dry face, having not been washed for at least 30 minutes prior. The frequency of application should be consulted with your physician as it may be customized to the skin sensitivity.
For photodamage, the same application applies as in acne. Apply a small amount to the entire face avoiding areas of susceptible irritation, having not washed your face within 30 minutes of application. It will reduce irritation significantly if you apply it without washing. Also, frequency of application should vary depending on your skin type.
For psoriasis, only apply the product to the area affected, avoiding the surrounding skin.
How Well Does it Work?
TazoracŪ will work effectively against both your blackheads and inflamed acne. You should expect to see improvement in 6-8 weeks. It can be used alone or in combination with other topical or oral medications.
Tazorac has been approved by Health Canada to treat many aspects of photodamage including: fine wrinkles, hyperpigmentation (skin tone), lentigenes (brown spots), elastosis (skin elasticity) and pore size. You should begin to see improvement in 6-8 weeks with continued improvement with chronic use. It can be used alone or as a take-home therapy in combination with other treatments such as other topicals, light therapy, microdermabrasion, etc.
It works best in combination with other therapies, usually topical corticosteroids.
How Does it Work?
The exact mechanism is not clear, but it has been shown to have reduce proliferation and have anti-inflammatory properties. In photodamage, it has been proven to help the skin organize its cellular structure (skin polarity) and health. As with all retinoids, it works against existing acne and also prevents new lesions from appearing with continued use.
Will There Be Side Effects?Side effects that could possibly be noticed by the patient:
Suggestions to Minimize Irritation
Do not use this product if you are pregnant or planning on getting pregnant or are breastfeeding. Discuss with your physician.
Can I Take Other Medications?
Be careful if you are using tazarotene with other irritating products. For photodamage, avoid use 1 or 2 days before and after a procedure with light therapy or laser to the same area.
Which brands are Available?
TazoracŪ Gel (0.05% and 0.1%) and TazoracŪ Cream (0,05% and 0.1%).
What Condition are Treated By This Medication?
Helath Canada Approved
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