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Tazorac vs Retin A

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Tazorac vs Retin A

Postby loumomofthree » Thu May 17, 2007 9:00 am

Can anyone tell me the difference between tazorac and Retin A. From what I have read Tazorac is for acne..
I went to my derm yesterday and she gave me a script for Tazorac .5 .She told me that I would like the results..(she gave me the impression it was the same as Retin-A..I should have asked more about it..now I am confused) :? I do have a few pimples since I am at my hormonal time of month but I would prefer something that would help with fine lines. Will I get the same benefits from tazorac as retin A or is Retin-a still the best for anti-aging. I am not sure if I should fill out the prescription or oder retin-a instead.
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Postby LookinUp » Thu May 17, 2007 12:20 pm

Tazorac and RetinA are both retinoids, Vitamin A derivatives. Both were developed for the treatment of acne (and Tazorac for psoriasis in addition). It was found that RetinA had, as a 'side effect' of its rapid cellular turnover, that it helps wrinkles. Tazorac and RetinA are 'close cousins' chemically.
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Postby loumomofthree » Thu May 17, 2007 4:37 pm

Thanks lookinup..I am still a little confused.. :? ..sorry
So Retin-A would be my best bet if I want to fight wrinkles, or I would get the same benifits from either one... Any idea why my derm would prescribe tazorac over retin-a?
She basically is a cosmetic derm..I was there for botox..
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Postby LookinUp » Fri May 18, 2007 7:37 am

You can use either...some are happier with the Tazorac, others with the RetinA...but both work by the same basic mechanism. (Docs prescribe one med over another for a variety of reasons: They like the drug rep, it is on formulary, in their personal experience one is less irritating or more effective than the other...etc.)
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Postby loumomofthree » Fri May 18, 2007 8:40 am

I can't thank-you enough for all the help you given me. I am new here and I am learning a little everyday. Your a real sweatheart!
One more question...I have read here that we should take a break from using these products..is there a rule of thumb...2 months on..one month off..or something of the sort..my derm never mentioned it and it's another thing I thought of after I left the office :wink:
Now I just have to figure out if I should fill the script at my local pharmacy or oder though one of the Canadian online type phamacies...so many choices...so little time...
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Postby LookinUp » Fri May 18, 2007 5:05 pm

some people can go for years without ever taking a break...as a matter of fact, research has shown that it takes about 9 months of a retinoid to see any improvement specifically for wrinkles. I had to take a break for a couple of months, as it thinned my skin. I had no idea, but an eyebrow waxer/threader made a comment that I had thin skin, and then the derm on the floor where I work said the same thing....took a couple of months off (after about a year) and then went back to it.
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Postby kiwi22 » Wed May 30, 2007 2:18 am

lookin up: even though your skin thinned did you still see results such as less wrinles or better texture etc? or did the thinning cause more problems? what benifits have you noticed from the use of retinoids?
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Postby LookinUp » Wed May 30, 2007 4:45 am

Honestly, that's hard for me to answer, since I experiment with so much 'stuff' and I have some decent genes. (My mom is 70, and she could use a facelift ( although she refuses), her skin is absolutely beautiful...no fine lines, and very minimal crow's feet. Lived in Mass her whole life...she just moved to Florida...hopefully that won't change, but we'll see! ). Research shows an increase of cell turnover with RetinA, which brings the newer, healthier, 'baby' skin to the surface and because of this, constant shedding and rebuilding of skin cells, they don't have as much of a chance to wrinkle as they are always being regenerated--similar to the 'normal' action of skin cells in youth and early adulthood). OK, this said....I am forty eight years old, and have a "one" line (not an 11!) between my brows (due to squinting pre laser surgery when I was a kid with terrible nearsightedness-my husband teases me that it looked like someone got me with an axe)... and a couple of crow's feet, with one on one side extending a bit longer than a crow's would! Since the RetinA, I have seen no increase in depth or any additional wrinkles or fine lines. (it's been about 2 years)...I have seen some improvement in depth, especially of the "1". I haven't seen anything totally 'fixed', to be honest, but definitely don't see any new issues. (Maintaining at 46 isn't so bad!) I also use hydroquinone, acids, moisturizers, sunscreen, serums, etc....
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Postby jocofl » Sat Jun 02, 2007 6:29 am

Since your doc didn't give you a lot of info. I hope you were told to wash then wait 20-30 min. before using a tretinoin! Some gals here have had real irritation and burning when they were not told that. Same thing happened to me due to little info. from derm. If that is the case for you try the waiting period and then going to every other night if there is still too much redness/burning/irritation
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Postby loumomofthree » Sat Jun 02, 2007 4:20 pm

Yes...I was told to wait 30 minutes...but still have not filled out the prescription since I found an old tube (got last year) of .25 tretinoin. I have been using it everyother night as well as using acid in the am. I got a little red and had minimal peeling on my chin and upper lip..so now I am wondering if I should stick with the .25 tretinion or should I use the .5 tozorac? I was thinking of filling out the script and alternating the two..Are the both as efective with the wrinkles? I broke down yesterday (pre-menstral :roll: ) and odered a few of the Obagi products..but now I am wondering what I was thinking..I do have a pigmentation issue! Seems to me that the Obagi system is really all about bleaching the skin...with retin-a..will I get long term benifit from this? Seems like their isin't much hydrating going on...and should I be concerned about the hydroq??? Like I said..I am a little hormonal.. :D
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Postby teresa » Wed Dec 31, 2008 2:19 am

I have both Taz and retin a (cream and gel) and I just kind of rotate them in a very unscientific fashion :roll:

Since I had them both and had read that the different retinoids affected aging skin differently (but positively) even though research has not determined exactly why, I figured, "why not?" :lol:

I think it's working pretty well for me. I do skip a day between the different topicals.

hth
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Re: Tazorac vs Retin A

Postby AnnieBeansprout » Sun Aug 21, 2011 8:46 am

Alexandra, I've been using various forms of Retin-a for 25 years now and I am thrilled with it.

However, it really works best on fine lines and to improve the overall texture of your skin. It may minimize deep wrinkles a touch, but it won't take them away.

It won't change any wrinkles that are due to muscle movement...but since it improves over-all texture, your face will look clearer. A wrinkle sitting on top of orange peel skin will look worse than a wrinkle sitting atop smooth skin, kwim?

An example, is that I didn't start using Retin A under my eyes and on my eyelids until a couple years ago. I always avoided those areas. Under my eyes I had so many little criss cross lines, as well as some deeper wrinkles. The retin A has pretty much taken away the criss cross lines, and has slightely diminished the deeper lines. But, they are still there.

However, it has made the skin thicker and firmer, so overall the integrity of the skin is better quality. Same with myeyelids. Those I have only been on Retin a for one year, and am just now really seeing a difference in the looseness. My eyelids have definitely firmed up from what they used to be.

I use Retin a every other night, and the night in between I use an AHA. Three days a week during the day, under makeup, I use a BHA.

That's just my regimen, and it works great for me. I have very fair, very thin skin, with sun damage from teenage years. It has really helped to thicken the skin.

However, my first few years on Retin a, 25 years ago, I was not careful with sun exposure, and I think I damaged my skin even more than it was before I started. I was not laying out in the sun at all, but I was not using block every day. That is a huge no no while using these products.The skin is more sensitive to the sun, and you must use block.

My experience above, we are all different. I have used Retin a, Renova, and Retin a micro. Currently I use the micro on my face, and Renova on my chest.
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Re: Tazorac vs Retin A

Postby AnnieBeansprout » Sun Aug 21, 2011 8:52 am

To add: Retin a won't help skin that is scarred due to past acne or areas you picked your pimples, etc.

It works mostly to repair skin damaged by the environment/sun.

This is how it was explained to me and my own experience with it. I have little marks on my face from years of picking at pimples when I was young. I would need some much stronger treatments to take care of those.
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