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edwardthefirst 07-01-2004 11:18 AM

Moisturizer and cleanser suggestion when usingTazorac?
 
Im peeling and so dry!! Nothing I've tried works, any suggestions for OTC moisturizers and cleansers? thanks!

Owhyze1 07-01-2004 12:20 PM

Re: Moisturizer and cleanser suggestion when usingTazorac?
 
[QUOTE=missdiva26]Im peeling and so dry!! Nothing I've tried works, any suggestions for OTC moisturizers and cleansers? thanks![/QUOTE]

When I was on tazorac, I used Purpose bar to wash my face although my skin wasn't dry and didn't peel.

shawngt2 07-01-2004 02:35 PM

Re: Moisturizer and cleanser suggestion when usingTazorac?
 
I was on Tazorac for a year and it worked amazing. I went through a very ugly first two months though. After getting out of the shower I found my skin to flake off like crazy after drying off. So I would take a facecloth to rub the skin off when it was still wet and that caused my face to glow red for hours. It's either that or walk around with dry dead skin all over. I found using a moisturizer just burned and stung when applying. So, I went completely solo and just used Tazorac and that's all. I hear a very good moisturizer is called Glaxal Base which I never tried. It's the bare bones moisturizer with nothing added. It's the base that all other moisturizers start from. So I would expect that to be the least irritating. As for cleansers. Use the mildest possible. I suggest like the neotrogena bar which has no soap and is very mild. I still use that to this day. Hope this helps!

edwardthefirst 07-01-2004 06:57 PM

Re: Moisturizer and cleanser suggestion when usingTazorac?
 
thanks - i will get that!!!! same thing, i scrub the skin off and get all pink. yo u cant win! and i already went on accutane twice - im going backwards lol

shawngt2 07-02-2004 09:00 AM

Re: Moisturizer and cleanser suggestion when usingTazorac?
 
Also, another little suggestion missdiva, if you can no longer stand the peeling and redness of Tazorac and it's worked for you don't stop taking it because slowly but surely acne will creep back. This treatment is slow and it returns slow. So, I suggest going on Differin (Adapalene) which is just as effective and I get NO side effects.

edwardthefirst 07-02-2004 09:40 AM

Re: Moisturizer and cleanser suggestion when usingTazorac?
 
i was on differin, did not do much for me. the derm said in my case tazorac woudl be better than that or retin a :(

shawngt2 07-02-2004 11:01 AM

Re: Moisturizer and cleanser suggestion when usingTazorac?
 
What type of acne do you have? How long did you try Differin? How long on Tazorac now? Most importantly, is it working so far (initial outbreak etc.)?

edwardthefirst 07-02-2004 12:07 PM

Re: Moisturizer and cleanser suggestion when usingTazorac?
 
Ok heres the short story :) Sister and I at age 15 and 19 respectively both had problem skin - just overall issues, nothing horrible but consistent and enough - both went on accutane (this is back in 1995-1998) twice and it helped her permanently but not me.

I went on Retin A around 2000, a little better but then back again. Then in 2002 I went on Differin and it helped a bit again, but as soon as I got off - nothing. and not enough of an improvement to keep it up. I moved to a warm climate so just waited to see if it would improve, but as of mid 2004 (now :) its not. Its not cystic, its just more like marks, dots, enlarged pores, uneven skin, oily and dry - weird combo, and bad around my mouth area.

So he suggested Tazorac as Im 26 now and have been trying things for 9 years! It turns out I may have a hormone inbalance which would explain this so I may end up having to go on birth control for it (totally other topic!) but that might explain why nothing has worked. I would stay away from Accutane if you can - some of the stores I read are horrible.

Differin may work for you - i know some people who had great results, and it wasnt that harsh for me. Or retin-a micro. good luck!

edwardthefirst 08-17-2004 05:30 PM

Re: Moisturizer and cleanser suggestion when usingTazorac?
 
6 week update:

Good improvement, was red/peeling for a week now back to normal - i see about 50 percent improvement and progressively getting better, with no irritation

Pores are still large so im not sure if any topical can even help that issue - but overall tazorac is a huge plus!


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