I don't think Tazorac is a hoax at all. I've been using it on and off for about a year. When I started using it, my acne was as bad at is had ever been, so all I notced was improvement. During the summer, I stopped using it, and recently started again when my acne pretty under control, and now I'm going through the "bad phase" that most people complain about when they first start using Tazorac. Every little blocked pore turns into a big nasty pimple... ugggh. But it does get better, so if you stick with it, the results are great. By the way, I use Tazorac gel (and Benzaclin).