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Doctors, what is the difference between tazorac (tazarotene) gel and cream?

Doctors, what is the difference between tazorac (tazarotene) gel and cream?

Same medicine but...: Gels in general are a bit stronger than their cream counterparts of the same medicine. So if you have a medicine that is working and then the effects begin to wane a bit, or you see response but could see better, sometimes going to the gel will help. But with increased strength also comes increased side effects, so be careful. ...Read more

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Hi. Would like to know what is the strongest strenth of retin-a? And is gel better then cream? Thank you

0.1%: Highest concentration of Retin-A available is 0.1%. Whether you want cream, lotion, or gel depends on how oily your skin is: cream will dry it out least, gel most, & lotion in the middle. ...Read more

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Is it true that Retin-A gel can be a little more stronger than the Retin-A cream, therefore be a little more effective?

Yes: Gel is stronger than cream, as is ointment. The progression from weakest to strongest is cream, ointment, gel. Be aware that you may also have more irritation/side effects with stronger method. Make sure to use sunscreen daily! ...Read more

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What's the difference between Retin-A gel compared to the cream? I Will be using for wrinkles. Are they both just as effective?

Both Effective: Use a gel if you have oily skin. Gels have an alcohol base and tend to dry out your skin.

Use a cream if you have dry skin. Darker skin also does better with creams. This is usually a half water/half oil mixture. ...Read more

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My pierced left earlobe hole is infected. Will my acne cream/gel, respectively, benzamycin and retin-A work, or is neosporin strong enough?

My pierced left earlobe hole is infected. Will my acne cream/gel, respectively, benzamycin and retin-A work, or is neosporin strong enough?

See dermatologist: This may be a reaction to something applied to it, maybe not infection. DOES IT ITCH?? Throw away the neosporin. It is not only useless against infection, it is one of the most common things people are allergic to. ...Read more

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How do I buy Tazorac (tazarotene) cream when they don't sell it or the active ingredient, here in the UK anymore?

Try online pharmacy: You may be able to buy your preferred formulation from an online pharmacy with a valid prescription. As long as your prescription is valid, there's nothing wrong with getting your Tretinoin from an international pharmacy that still formulates it, assuming it can get through customs in your country. ...Read more

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Has anyone ever used "tazorac" cream for acne, and not had side effects?

Has anyone ever used "tazorac" cream for acne, and not had side effects?

The only...: ...Significant side effect from tazorac, (tazarotene) in my experience, is dryness and irritation. Wait an hour after washing your face, to allow normal skin oils to replenish, before applying it. And apply it at bedtime, so that any irritation will occur while you're asleep. ...Read more

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Can I use Tazorac cream on a Plantar wart? I was recently told I have one (wart) and my son no longer uses the cream.

Can I use Tazorac cream on a Plantar wart? I was recently told I have one (wart) and my son no longer uses the cream.

Acne cream: Tazorac cream is used for treating psoriasis or acne. It is not approved for use in plantar warts. Follow up with doctor for exam, diagnosis and proper treatment. ...Read more

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Is it normal to still break out when switching from Tazorac to Tretinoin cream? I was clear on Tazorac but had to switch due to insurance.

Is it normal to still break out when switching from Tazorac to Tretinoin cream? I was clear on Tazorac but had to switch due to insurance.

Short answer...yes: What you have to understand is that acne is a chronic condition. For the most part, it can be controlled, but not necessarily cured. ...Read more

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Over used cream contain compound tazarotene, a member of the acetylenic class of retinoids, my skin is burning, red and itching so badly, what to use?

Over used cream contain compound tazarotene, a member of the acetylenic class of retinoids, my skin is burning, red and itching so badly, what to use?

Nothing: Take a couple days off to let your skin heal. I might do just a plain Eucerin creme. Just about anything on your skin right now will burn. When you restart remember a pea sized amount is all you need. And you might be able to do every other day application, and still get the anti acne effect you are looking for! ...Read more

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I am restoring my foreskin by stretching my skin using a restoration device. Can I use tazorac (tazarotene) gel on my penis to help with skin growth?

I am restoring my foreskin by stretching my skin using a restoration device. Can I use tazorac (tazarotene) gel on my penis to help with skin growth?

Not likely: It is a retinoid, but usually used for acne, psoriasis & sun damaged skin. It can cause skin drying & cracking, so might inhibit the 'growth' you are working on. Perhaps just a good moisturizer. ...Read more

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Will tazorac (tazarotene) cream help me with acne scars?

Will tazorac (tazarotene) cream help me with acne scars?

Probably not: It is an exfoliant but not enough to erase scars. It is more for active acne and its control. ...Read more

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Will tazorac cream (tazarotene cream) help with acne scars?

Will tazorac cream (tazarotene cream) help with acne scars?

No: They won't touch the scars. Many men -- including several noted hollywood "tough guys" -- like the scars for the character they give. Others hate them, or are indifferent, or let their partner decide. You have a choice. Laser therapy and fillers are used by dermatologists with much success. ...Read more

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What dose of tazorac (tazarotene) should I mix with my under eye cream to improve wrinkles and fine lines?

What dose of tazorac (tazarotene) should I mix with my under eye cream to improve wrinkles and fine lines?

Just a Smidge!: Tazorac, retin a, (tretinoin) retinoic acid… all have an fda approval for reduction of wrinkles around the eyes. Use the equivalent of one half the size of a pea mixed with your eye cream which should be enough for both sides. Try to stay below the bony rim of the eyesocket to avoid accidentally getting into the eyes. If you experience redness or irritation remove immediately and consult your doctor! ...Read more

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I have been using Tazorac (tazarotene) gel 0.1% for about 6 mnths for acne. I have some peeling and dryness. Any suggestions for moisturizers/cleanser?

I have been using Tazorac (tazarotene) gel 0.1% for about 6 mnths for acne. I have some peeling and dryness. Any suggestions for moisturizers/cleanser?

Excessive dryness: Applying an oil free hypoallergenic moisturizer after each cleansing with warm water and a gentle pH balanced cleanser can help prevent excessive dryness when using facial medications. Cetaphil and Ceravue are two examples. ...Read more

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Will mixing tazorac (tazarotene) with under eye moisture cream help with tightening under my eyes and filling in wrinkles around my eyes?

Will mixing tazorac (tazarotene) with under eye moisture cream help with tightening under my eyes and filling in wrinkles around my eyes?

Retinoids Work!: Yes it will work, absolutely, it is long term, and retin-a, a closely related product is actually one of the very few fda approved anti-wrinkle creams! You must be careful with it though, it is a mild acid, and can burn your skin, especially in the sun. Start out by using it every other day mixed in a very small amount, mixed with your regular moisturizing cream. I give this to all my patients. ...Read more

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What's more effective for cystic acne for 20 year old female. Benzoyl peroxide gel or tazorac (tazarotene) gel?

What's more effective for cystic acne for 20 year old female. Benzoyl peroxide gel or tazorac (tazarotene) gel?

Tazorac (tazarotene) Gel: TBoth are good and often used together for treating Acne Vulgaris.
But for cystic Acne Benzyl Peroxide Gel is too mild on it's own and Tazorac (tazarotene) GEL is more effecove. But can be used in combination with Tazorac (tazarotene) gel ...Read more

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Is it ok to wear sunscreen over retin-a cream?

Retin A (tretinoin) at BEDTIME: Retin A (tretinoin) is used at bedtime. Sunscreen is applied in AM. No conflict. ...Read more

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Where can I get retin-a cream for stretch marks?

Where can I get retin-a cream for stretch marks?

No advised.: No definite rx for this.
Vit e oil has been tried.
Laser rx may be an option.
You should talk to your primary doc to see a referral is appropriate.
These cost money and typically not covered by insurance.
If it is not very bothersome to you, one can leave it alone. ...Read more

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How long can retin-a cream be used?

During acne prone: Retina can be used during the acne prone years. It can dry the skin so you should consult with your dermatologist or prescriber about using a non-acne causing moisturizer. ...Read more

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If I use Retin-A gel at night, can I use a self tanner in the morning?

Self tanner: Yes you can use a self tanner with RetinA but be aware that the retinA can cause fading of the self tanner ...Read more

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Dermatologist #: what is there (as an rx)besides retin-a that could be used as a daily cream that would take care of more than just very fine lines?

Fruit acids: There are variety of mild Alpha and beta hydroxy acid peels that may provide some relief and act in combination with retin-a, exfoliation, botulinum toxin and fillers, as well as avoidance of sun exposure and tobacco use to provide improvements in skin wrinkling. ...Read more

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Retin-a gel, renova (tretinoin) or retin-a==what is best?

Retin-a gel, renova (tretinoin) or retin-a==what is best?

Depends on skin type: These are all retin a containing products and the proper formulation for use depends on your skin type. For example if you have very oily skin, the gel works best. If you have dry or sensitive skin Renova (tretinoin) or retin a micro contain moisturizers and/or time release dispersion of the retin a to diminish adverse side effects of the traditional retin a preparations. ...Read more

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Which retin a (tretinoin) gel should I go for? Please be specific!

Depends: Specificity is really impossible. It depends upon the seriousness of the acne and your sensitivity to the medication. Obviously a good question for your doctor. ...Read more

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Is retin a (tretinoin) a good anti ageing cream for a 24yr old male.?

Is retin a (tretinoin) a good anti ageing cream for a 24yr old male.?

Still have acne?: If you still have acne such as blackheads and whiteheads then retin a is appropropiate. Acne does not stop at 19 in everybody. It is used only at night because it increases sensitivity to sunlight. A weaker version called Renova (tretinoin) is used for fine wrinkling in older individuals. Retin a is a relatively mild acne cream especially in the weaker strength of. 025. ...Read more

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Usage for retin a, renova, and tretinoin cream?

ACNE: Retin a, renova, tretinoin are topical comedolytic and exfoliant use for acne. May cause photosensitivity. ...Read more

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Is it reasonable to apply retin-a gel where I had laser treatment 6 years ago?

Is it reasonable to apply retin-a gel where I had laser treatment 6 years ago?

Yes: As long as the Retin-A does not irritate your skin, it is alright to use. Remember it will make you skin get a sunburm more easily so me sure to use a sunscreen everyday, which you should do anyway. ...Read more

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