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Plaque psoriasis and acne are the two conditions Tazorac is licensed to treat. There are also a few "off-label" uses for Tazorac, including the treatment of rosacea and fine wrinkles. When using it for acne, keep in mind that the skin may look worse temporarily -- this is normal, and the skin's appearance should start to improve within four weeks.

What Is Tazorac Used For?

Tazorac® (tazarotene) is a prescription medication licensed to treat psoriasis and acne. It comes in the form of a gel and a cream, and each product comes in two different strengths. The 0.05% cream and gel are approved to treat plaque psoriasis only. The 0.1% cream and gel are approved to treat both plaque psoriasis and acne.

Using Tazorac for Acne

Tazorac is one of many different prescription acne medications currently available. Like many such medications, Tazorac may make the skin appear worse before it gets better. Often, the skin may become irritated, red, and flaky. However, this usually gets better with time, and clearer skin may start to appear within four weeks.
Your healthcare provider might recommend that you use Tazorac alone or with another acne medication. Since Tazorac is applied in the evening (typically at bedtime), your healthcare provider may recommend a different type of acne treatment for use in the morning.

Using Tazorac for Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a chronic skin disease that is thought to be caused by an overactive immune system (see Psoriasis Causes for more information). There are several different types of psoriasis. The symptoms of psoriasis may vary, depending on the type. Plaque psoriasis is characterized by thickened, swollen, and red skin, often covered with silver scales.
Psoriasis treatment may include:
  • Medicines applied to the skin (topical treatment)
  • Light treatments (phototherapy)
  • Psoriasis medication, whether by mouth or injection, that treats the whole immune system (called systemic therapy).
Tazorac is a topical psoriasis medication.
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