We want to make sure you fully understand your treatment. Below outlines the directions, benefits and risks with Tazarotene Formula.
Tazarotene is a medication used to treat acne. It is also used to treat wrinkles and acne scarring, including postinflammatory hyperpigmentation. Tazarotene works by improving cell turnover and promoting the growth of new collagen.
Redness, peeling, and skin sensitivity can occur, so it’s best to ease into treatment. Your skin will adjust to the medicine over time.
✔️ Apply Mon/Wed/Fri for 1-2 weeks
✔️ If adjusting well, apply every other night for 1-2 weeks
✔️ If adjusting well, apply every night
Apply your cream at night. 🌙
Use a moisturizer. Apply immediately before or after to prevent irritation. This does not make it less effective.
Always wear sunscreen. ☀️ Tazarotene increases sun sensitivity.
Apply over the entire face. It works best to prevent breakouts, not as a spot treatment. Dot one pea-sized drop across your face to evenly distribute, then gently rub in.
Avoid the eyes. Avoid the corners of your nose and mouth too.
Use birth control. Tazarotene can potentially cause birth defects. It should not be used by women if trying to conceive.
Make sure you are not pregnant. If you are able to become pregnant, take a pregnancy test within 2 weeks prior to starting. If you have menstrual periods, begin this medication during a normal menstrual period.
Simplify your routine. Stop using brushes and scrubs, toners, serums, masks, salicylic acid, AHA (e.g. glycolic or lactic acid), and retinol while starting your prescription treatment. When you are tolerating the prescription daily without irritation, you can add other treatments back in (with the exception of retinol and salicylic acid -- these are redundant).
Listen to your skin. If your skin becomes mildly irritated, reduce frequency of use. If the irritation persists or is severe, stop the medication.
The most common side effects are redness, peeling, dryness, and irritation at the application site.
If you become pregnant while taking this medication, discontinue use immediately and message your doctor for an alternative.