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Since we're talking about Tazorac, I would like to chime in with my experience with the product. I've been using it for 2 years now. I first started using the half strength (0.05%). For the first 4 months, my skin was a bit dry and very red. I continued using it. After 4 months, my acne got a lot better. The more I used it the better my acne got and the more my red marks faded. After about 8 months, my face was completely clear and mark-free. It was great. The only problem I had was that I still had blackheads on my nose and little bumps (that were only noticeable if looked at close up). So I decided to bump up the medication and asked my dermatologist for the full strength (0.1%).

Now, this is a totally different story. The full strength was really harsh and unbearable. I would use it for three days, and by the fourth day, my skin was so dry, red and sore that I HAD to stop using it. I would stop for two days and then continue using it on the 3rd day. For the next 3 months, it was just that cycle over and over. The effects never left and even after 4 months, the dryness and soreness was still there.

I finally stuck with it. It's been around 10 weeks where I've used it almost every single night. The effects are a lot better, but if I overwash my face or skip out on moisturizer, my skin would peel and burn.
But the acne is somewhat better, skin is a lot smoother (no bumps), but the dryness is quite irritating. I would have snowflake-sized dry skin sometimes hanging off my face.

Tazorac has been the only product that cleared my skin...but gosh, it's harsh.
When I used the half strength, I was able to exfoliate my skin at least twice a week with a scrub. But now that I'm using the full strength, my face is too sensitives to handle something like that--but then again, my skin is so soft and smooth that it's almost like I've been exfoliating daily anyway (I guess it's a good thing).

Make sure you use sensitive products. I use Spectro Jel to wash my face, and Oil of Olay Complete Moisturizer with SPF 15. Every night, I was my face, apply moisturizer and then Tazorac.

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