How Does Tazorac Work?Tazorac is a "prodrug," a medication that is chemically inactive until it is changed by the body into the active form. The active form of Tazorac is a retinoid, which is chemically related to vitamin A. Other well-known retinoids include Retin-A® and Accutane®.
This medication is believed to work by suppressing inflammation and slowing down rapid skin cell growth.
Can Children Use It?Tazorac is approved for children as young as 12 years old. Talk with your child's healthcare provider about the benefits and risks of using Tazorac in children.
Is Tazorac Used for Off-Label Purposes?On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend this product for something other than psoriasis or acne. Tazorac (or other retinoids like it) are sometimes used off-label to treat various skin conditions, such as:
- Actinic keratosis (a kind of precancerous skin lesion)
- Keratosis pilaris (a common ailment that causes "bumpy skin," often on the back of the arms)
- Melasma (dark pigmentation of the skin typically related to pregnancy or hormone use)
- Signs of sun damage, such as fine wrinkles or spots.