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    Old 02-28-2001, 08:24 AM   #1
    scarlett99
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    OWWEEE!! Attn: Tazorac users

    I put some Tazorac cream on my face on Sunday night and ever since then, my face has been bright red and my skin is peeling off my face like a really bad sunburn. Not too realistic, considering it is the middle of winter and I live in Minnesota. It hurts to even wash it. Has this happened to other Tazorac users? What did you do? I've been putting aloe and Purpose lotion on it. Can harly wear any make-up because it just peels off (I have to wear make-up to work). Sometimes I think that my skin would actually get better if I quit using all these creams and lotions since they seem to just irritate my skin even more. Help!

     
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    Old 02-28-2001, 09:46 AM   #2
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    Re: OWWEEE!! Attn: Tazorac users

    I'm not a big fan of Tazorac, but I did initially have good results. However, I was using a skin softener (lac hydrin) before applying Tazorac, and only at night, without washing my face. Apparently water will dry it out even more. Also, Tazorac comes in two strenghts, talk to your derm about it.

     
    Old 02-28-2001, 12:04 PM   #3
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    Re: OWWEEE!! Attn: Tazorac users

    Hi Scarlet...
    I totally understand what you are saying... Tazorac is a great med...but unfortunately it does have its downsides...i.e..peeling and redness. What strength are you using? I know that it comes in a .05% and .1% strength...as well as gel or cream form. I used the .05% for the first couple of weeks to let my skin adjust and then switched to the .1% gel...my skin was red and peeling for about 2 and a half weeks. Its much better now, but it is still kind of flaky and my skin has a reddish tone...but I will take that over acne anyday.

    I guess my suggestion to you is to switch strengths if you are using the higher strength(if you have been using it for more than about a month...otherwise your skin might still be adjusting to it, in which case...give your skin a chance to adjust) in the meantime...don't overwash your skin, and use gentle products...cetaphil worked really good for me in those first couple weeks but now my skin is back to its oily self... aloe is good too...and it won't clog your pores. As for makeup...I wouldn't even try to use it if your skin is all raw and peeling...it will just make it look worse.

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    Old 02-28-2001, 01:49 PM   #4
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    Re: OWWEEE!! Attn: Tazorac users

    Oh boy, can I relate to this more than anything on this board...I use Tazorac gel, the .1% strength. It does get red initially, and the peeling - oh that's the worst part about it. I'm am still peeling to this date, 13 weeks into the treatment. However, my acne has improved amazingly; I get compliments at work and at the gym from strangers who see me everyday and have noticed the improvement. It really is worth it. My derm advised against using makeup at all; it really doesn't help when you're first on the product since it's only more irritating to your already-sensitive skin. I use it now to cover scars, and I still have my peely days (some days are more peely than others, it's quite strange). One day, I'll have perfectly smooth skin and the next, I'll be a flaky dry mess. The best I can do is to apply moisturizer when my skin is still wet (and not to the acne areas if you can help it - just as-needed) and wait for it to pass. Don't ever take one of those scrubby things to your face; it just makes it worse. I can completely relate, but I assure you, the peeling is much better than the acne! Good luck! <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif">

     
    Old 02-28-2001, 02:47 PM   #5
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    Re: OWWEEE!! Attn: Tazorac users

    Thanks for the replies. You guys are correct--I know that as bad as it is, it is better than acne. But it still stinks that you have to trade one problem for another. One thing thast worries me is sun exposure. I have a much needed vacation coming up in a sunny locale and really don't want to turn into an even bigger mess. Any suggestions? I love being in the sun since this actually helps my acne (if I don't overdo it). What do you plan to do in the summer, etc. when sn exposure is pretty unavoidable? Acne just controls your life, doesn't it?!

     
    Old 02-28-2001, 11:57 PM   #6
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    Actually its funny you should mention that Scarlet...I worked as a lifeguard last summer when my skin was clear, I was outskide every day from 9 to 6...now I get rashes if I go out in the sun for long periods of time...(even if I wear sunscreen) ...this sucks...life is not fair <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/frown.gif">

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    Old 03-01-2001, 09:04 AM   #7
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    Re: OWWEEE!! Attn: Tazorac users

    Swissmiss: I noticed that you're living in Madison, so it sounds like you can relate to what I'm saying about Midwest winter skin vs. summer skin. I'm thinking about tapering off the Tazorac and using it as a spot treatment/chemical peel (since that's what it does for me)once it gets warm. I don't mind not tanning in the summer, but if even small doses give me a rash, it's just not worth it since my skin will get better anyway. I'll probably just restart again in the fall. I can't believe I developed acne in my mid-twenties--I hope it's a short run since no one in my family has it and those that did only had it for a couple of years. How long have you had it? Not trying to pry--we just seem to be in similar situations. Thanks!

     
    Old 03-01-2001, 03:48 PM   #8
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    Scarlett,
    Sure...I don't mind sharing...I have basically had acne since i was aobut 13...I'm almost 19 now, but it was always really mild until this fall when I went away to college. Then, my skin turned on me...lol...I think stress did me in...oh well...as for winter/summer skin, I can totally relate although I have only been using the tazorac, along with minocycline, for about 7 weeks...my skin is VERY flakey, but my acne is much better, but my skin is really blotchy so I'm staying on the tazorac for a while in hopes of improving the blotchyness...my skin is like 20 different colors...lol...oh well...as for summer I guess i will have to wait and see...patience is a virtue... <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/cool.gif">

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    Old 03-01-2001, 04:07 PM   #9
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    Re: OWWEEE!! Attn: Tazorac users

    Yeah, I'm on minocycline too. I would love to get off of that as well. I definitely think stress plays a role. I was fine in college, but the minute I got a full time job in public relations (deadlines all the time!!!) my skin went haywire. Although I found college stressful, it's very different from work stress. Maybe once you're further along in college, your stress level will decrease and skin issues will fade into oblivion. I'll be going back to school this fall, so maybe that will help as well. Good luck and thanks for the exchange of information!

     
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