30 gram for $107.42
Category:Skin Care > Specialty Products > Specialty Skin Care Products
Last Updated:05.20.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview
Tazorac is the brand name for the retinoid tazarotene. It is available in 0.1% or 0.05% strengths, in either cream or gel form. The 0.1% strength is approved for acne, while the 0.05% strength is prescribed to manage psoriasis. The cream is generally preferred for those with normal to dry skin while the gel is best for those with normal to oily/blemish-prone skin. A 30-gram tube of the cream costs $107.42; a 30-gram tube of the gel costs $101.98. Unlike Retin-A’s gel, Tazorac gel is alcohol-free. For more information about the active ingredient in Tazorac, please click on Retinoids from the Master Brand List.
Tazorac cream ingredients: Active: Tazarotene (either 0.05% or 1.0%); Inactive: Carbomer 934P, Carbomer 1342, Edetate Disodium, Medium Chain Triglycerides, Mineral Oil, Purified Water, Sodium Thiosulfate, Sorbitan Monooleate, Sodium Hydroxide, Benzyl Alcohol Tazorac gel ingredients: Active: Tazarotene (either 0.05% or 1.0%); Inactive: Ascorbic Acid, Butylated Hydroxyanisole, Butylated Hydroxytoluene, Carbomer 934P, Edetate Disodium, Hexylene Glycol, Poloxamer 407, Polyethylene Glycol 400, Polysorbate 40, Purified Water, and Tromethamine Preservative: Benzyl alcohol 1%
Brand Overview


Strengths: The active ingredient in most retinoids is tretinoin, which has mounds of research establishing its multiple anti-aging benefits for skin (particularly sun-damaged skin). Tazorac contains the active ingredient tazarotene, a retinoid that works similarly to tretinoin.

Weaknesses: Some people cannot tolerate tretinoin therapy; all of these products require a prescription; textures of each are not nearly as elegant as using a well-formulated moisturizer.

Rather than review these products and assign the usual face ratings, we present a list of the various options, along with prices based on figures from www.drugstore.com. Note that your actual price for these prescription products will vary based on your health insurance coverage, if any, and whether or not your physician believes that a generic form of tretinoin is an equally effective (and hence less costly) option.

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