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Tazorac Cream is a topical medication that belongs to a group of medications called retinoids. It is used to treat plaque psoriasis and acne vulgaris.
Tazorac Cream is a prodrug, which means that it changes to its active form once it is absorbed into the skin cells. The retinoid Tazarotene acid increases skin cell turnover rate so old cells are removed faster to avoid the buildup that causes blocked pores and the raised patches of skin associated with psoriasis.
Tazorac Cream is available in .05% or .1% strength and is prescribed according to the severity of your acne or psoriasis. If you have never used topical retinoid treatments before, your doctor may recommend that you start with the lower strength. Tazorac Cream can help skin look and feel brighter and healthier while reducing the appearance of acne lesions. It also helps reduce the scaly, raised patches of skin that psoriasis produces.
The generic alternative, Tazarotene, is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
Tazorac Cream and the Tazorac generic, Tazarotene cream, is used to treat plaque psoriasis and acne vulgaris. Tazorac cream uses extend beyond these two skin conditions. It may also be used to treat the symptoms of premature skin aging caused by sun exposure.
Acne is a skin condition that occurs when oil and dead skin cells plug up hair follicles. Clogged follicles can lead to blackheads, pimples, or whiteheads that can be painful and irritating. The most common acne occurs during puberty when hormone levels rise and increase sebum, an oil found in skin glands. Sebum is necessary to protect the skin and to keep it moist. But when there's too much of it, it begins to clog up the pores of your skin as it mixes with dead skin cells, which can feed bacteria.
Psoriasis is another common skin condition that appears to be caused by an over-active immune system that affects skin cell turnover. Usually, as new cells make their way to the surface, old skin cells slough off. But if this cycle doesn't work the way it should, the new cells surface before the old ones go away. This buildup of cells creates red, raised patches of itchy, dry skin. Mild psoriasis can be treated by a topical medication, but more severe plaque psoriasis may require other treatments, such as combining Tazorac Cream with Halobetasol Propionate Ointment (a corticosteroid).
There is no cure for psoriasis or acne, but Tazorac Cream can help people maintain clearer, healthier skin.
As with all prescription drugs, there are potential side effects of Tazorac Cream.
Some people may experience application site reactions such as:
Severity of side effects may differ by skin type and the amount of surface area treated.