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Retin-A And Tazorac

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So I can't decide on whether to get retin-a or tazorac. I read that some people alternate each night because of whatever the following means:

Tazarotenic acid binds to all three members of the retinoic acid receptor (RAR) family: RARα,RARβ, and RARγ but shows relative selectivity for RARβ, and RARγ and may modify gene expression. The clinical significance of these findings is unknown.

And they say that retin-a binds to everything. Do you think that alternating is a good idea?

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Tazorac is the harshest. Your skin will be a peeling, blotchy, beet-red mess on Tazorac. Unless you have not responded to milder formulations such as Retin-A Micro or Differin, I would not recommend Tazorac. The side effects of Tazorac are almost as bad as the acne.


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I started with Tazorac cream, the lower dose. Like with all retinoids, the time it takes to get used to it is very unpleasant - red, peely, painful, lots of zits. You can minimize this by starting every other night and using lots of moisturizer. After about 6 weeks maybe, my skin was used to it and got much much better. It does eventually give you a glow, and the months I was using it, I kept getting carded for booze, and I was 34 with four kids with me all the time!!!!

The downside, however, was that it never did totally clear me and I would always have 1-2 headless ouchy pimples on my chin. It's like it didn't peel that top layer enough - perhaps that's what that third binding site would have done. I was switched to Retin-A Micro and that did completely clear me, but my skin was much rougher and redder and no longer glowed.

Honestly, I preferred the Tazorac because my skin was smooth and soft and not red once I was used to it, but the Retin-A was more effective.

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Tazorac is the harshest. Your skin will be a peeling, blotchy, beet-red mess on Tazorac. Unless you have not responded to milder formulations such as Retin-A Micro or Differin, I would not recommend Tazorac. The side effects of Tazorac are almost as bad as the acne. - See more at:


Winter routine
AM:

Cetaphil in shower (leave on for a few minutes) 

Paula's Choice 8% AHA Gel

2 pumps CeraVe PM
CeraVe Cream on cheeks

MAC Studio Sculpt in NC42
*cover face with scarf outside

Night
Garnier Micellar Water on a cotton pad for makeup

CeraVe Hydrating Bar + clarisonic

2 pumps CeraVe PM
CeraVe cream on cheeks
Cool compress + more cream:
 http://www.rch.org.au/uploadedFiles/Main/Content/derm/Wet_dressings_A3.pdf
Wait 30 minutes

Tazorac gel 0.1% pea size

 1.  DO NOT PICK/POP!!!!!!!!!

                              2. If broken out : little bit of ice (maybe), BP only ONCE (if skin is not dry. DO NOT USE MULTIPLE DAYS), ibuprofen every few hours for pain/inflammation. 

3. Use your HUMIDIFIER

 

 

 

 


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