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Tazorac vs. Retin-A: Which is better?

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Hello!

I'm wondering if any of you have used both Retin-A and Tazorac for wrinkles--which did you like better?

I've used Retin-A on/off for 10 years but just heard about Tazorac. Some say it's better than Retin-A for wrinkles.

What do you ladies think?

TIA! :)

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Momof3resc­uetzus1360117170.42268 PostsRegistered 10/8/2010
My derm said Taz. I've been using it for 2 years. I have adult acne...ok, had. This has helped. I'm 38 and have one wrinkle above my nose that I Botox. Insurance pays for it with the rx of adult acne. There are also coupons online.

bunnypink1360117866.5971436 PostsRegistered 4/14/2008
Thanks so much for the reply! Do you use the cream or gel and what strength? Thanks again! I also am very beakout prone but rarely breakout anymore since using retin-a (and the added bonus is the anti-aging benefits).

Momof3resc­uetzus1360118025.793268 PostsRegistered 10/8/2010
I have the gel. It's 0.1% strength, and 100 grams. The tube is huge. I can't believe I only paid my $30 co pay.

bunnypink1360157049.391436 PostsRegistered 4/14/2008
Ok. Thanks for the info! I'm surprised you're the only one who answered! Makes me wonder why everyone seems to be using Retin-A vs. this???

snowleopard1360158955.441089 PostsRegistered 4/12/2008

This article summarizes the differences between the two well.

I know from talking to my derm that Tazorac is meant for certain skin types, most often prescribed for those with adult acne. My derm explained to me that Tazorac can be very drying and therefore is not tolerated well by those of us with drier/aging skin, who don't suffer from acne. Therefore, for my skin, my derm prescribes Renova, which is retin-A in a moisturing base. Doesn't ever dry my skin out. So, types and formulations of retin-A is really a very individual thing. I trust my doc to advise me on what's best for me.

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bunnypink1360160284.191436 PostsRegistered 4/14/2008

Thanks, snowleopard! I'm wondering what skin type (dry/oily/combo/sensitive/etc) should use Tazorac vs Retin-A? The article did say: "Other side effects with Tazorac can include deep lines or grooves in the skin..." Huh???? Don't get why it could put deep lines or grooves in the skin?

snowleopard1360162372.2331089 PostsRegistered 4/12/2008
On 2/6/2013 bunnypink said:

Thanks, snowleopard! I'm wondering what skin type (dry/oily/combo/sensitive/etc) should use Tazorac vs Retin-A? The article did say: "Other side effects with Tazorac can include deep lines or grooves in the skin..." Huh???? Don't get why it could put deep lines or grooves in the skin?

Hi bunny. I think that's a great question for your dermatologist! Seriously, my derm explained the differences among the various formulations of retinoids. They are not identical at all. Some are meant for those with very specific issues, such as acne or psoriasis, while others are made specifically for anti-aging issues. She explained that if she were to prescribe for me Tazorac or Differin any other formulation targeted for those "other issues," which I don't have, it would cause my skin to react negatively and I'd be back in her office with problems that I didn't have before. I believe her! Here's a good comparison of all the formulations.

lashgal151360172380.22725 PostsRegistered 1/30/2013

i've used both Retin-A and Tazorac... Definitely check with your dermatologist, but in my personal experience I liked tazorac MUCH better. Retin-A made me very greasy. I have oilier skin, though, which is why tazorac was perfect for me. I have been using it for years and have no complaints!

cassiem1360176578.6736677 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

It's not that one is better than the other, it's a question of which is more appropriate for your skin.

Tazorac is much stronger than Retin-A, which is one reason it can actually cause wrinkles and grooves since it's so drying. It's usually not tolerated well by sensitive skin. My derm prescribes Tazorac for people with severe acne, very strong resistant skin, or severely oily skin. The instructions on Tazorac recommend using it over a moisturizer to help negate the severe drying and flaking it causes.

With retinoids, stronger is not necessarily better. Lower strengths can be more effective because there are fewer side effects. The irritation from higher percentages or stronger formulations can actually cause more problems and make the skin look worse. You really need to figure out what formulation/dose is right for you.

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