For flaking try using Alph Hydroxy in the mornings. This REALLY helps
Alpha Hydroxy disolves dead skin. I just started the tazorac, and so far so good. I am only using the .05% samples for now. No redness or flakiness yet
I odered some BHA from Paula's choice which I am going to try too in the mornings. I have been putting a moisturizer over the Tazorac after leaving it on alone for an hour or so. I have mild acne. I was on Acutane years back and am seeing some return, so my derm prescribed this with some anibiotics (which I am only going to take for a month to start me out).