the dryness/burning is subsiding, esp when i apply just a little bit of moisturizer around my mouth before using tazorac. that's good because probably my least favorite thing about retinoids is feeling like you can't move your face. when i was in high school and using retinoids (incorrectly), every time i smiled the skin around my mouth would crack...eek. a few of the clogged pores on my forehead have gone away, with a few more popping up mostly around my hairline. skin tone is pretty good, and the skin on the lower half of my face looks okay too...spiro still working! in the next couple of days i'll switch over to using tazorac on my whole face every night. i'm hoping that staggering this switch will keep me from getting an initial breakout everywhere all at once!