Tips for Using Tazorac
Tazorac is one of many skin care products derived from vitamin A. Doctors typically prescribe it to treat acne and psoriasis. It helps normalize the growth of skin cells. You can do several things to gain optimal benefit and reduce common side effects.
Preparing Your Skin
Make sure your skin in clean and dry before applying the medication. Using this medicine on wet skin can increase irritation, according to the Mayo Clinic. WebMD advises applying moisturizer at least one hour before you apply the treatment. Tazorac.com also underscores the importance of this step. This can help prevent the most common side effects of itching, redness and peeling.
Reducing Side Effects
You can do several things to reduce side effects of Tazorac. Wear an SPF of at least 15 on any treated areas exposed to the sun, according to Tazorac.com. Vitamin A treatments increase your susceptibility to the sun. Do not use more than your doctor recommends. Using more will not increase healing time, and it will only worsen side effects. Avoid harsh, abrasive cleansing products, —especially if they contain alcohol. Do not apply other topical skin care treatments—besides moisturizer—to the same areas.
You should never apply this product on sunburned skin. Do not use tanning beds or other artificial tanning devices. Cover your face or other treated areas when it is windy or cold. Do not apply this medication to healthy skin.