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%