Over time, collagen and elastin fibers in the skin break down. These fibers are responsible for giving your skin structure and the lack of these fibers leads to wrinkling. Topical treatments, such as tazorac are used to reduce the appearance of fine wrinkling. Tazorac is an application similar to vitamin A that is used to treat skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis and wrinkles.
Tazorac comes in two different formulation strengths, according to the 10 Acne website. These include .05 and .1 percent. When applied to the skin, Tazorac seeps into the pores and its ingredients become active. Tazorac acts similar to retinoid treatments when fighting wrinkles, meaning it penetrates the skin and encourages collagen production, giving the skin improved structure and reducing the appearance of fine lines, according to Dr. Audrey Kunin, a dermatologist writing on DERMA Doctor. Tazorac also encourages skin exfoliation, which can reduce the amount of dead skin cells on the face, giving you a more rejuvenated appearance.
Tazorac should be applied once per day, most typically at night, according to Drugs.com. Cleanse the face with a gentle cleanser—a more harsh cleanser can aggravate the skin when combined with Tazorac—and dry thoroughly. Massage Tazorac into your skin, applying a thin film to wrinkled areas. Do not apply to any areas that have open wounds or areas of irritation. Allow Tazorac to be fully absorbed before applying a moisturizer, which can reduce the potentially irritating effects of Tazorac.
Tazorac has been shown to be just as effective as its retinoid counterparts in treating fine wrinkles, according to Smart Skincare. Other beneficial effects include reduction of skin oiliness, blackheads, acne and psoriasis, according to Kunin.
Tazorac is not associated with serious side effects, but you may experience irritation, tingling, redness or itching, according to Drugs.com. This often occurs as you initiate treatment and will likely subside with time. If you continue to experience side effects such as skin peeling or irritation after several weeks of application, reduce the amount applied or speak to your doctor for treatment alternatives. If you do experience itching, hives or swelling associated with an allergic reaction, seek emergency medical attention.
You should not apply tazorac if you are pregnant or could potentially be pregnant, according to Drugs.com. This is because tazorac could have harmful effects to an unknown fetus. If you are frequently exposed to sunlight, tazorac can result in adverse effects. You can remedy this through wearing sunscreen and protective clothing, such as a wide-brimmed hat.