Tazarotene Helps Heal Acne

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Tazarotene is a topical retinoid that is generally used to treat skin problems like acne. This medication is similar to vitamin A and encourages quick cell growth. It also improves the appearance and texture of the skin.

Usage instructions
Since Tazarotene is a topical medication, it should always be applied with clean hands. Wash your hands thoroughly before applying this medication. Cleanse your face with a mild cleanser prior to applying Tazarotene. Pat your skin dry gently.

Once the skin is clean and dry, apply a thin layer of the medication on the affected area. Make sure that you do not apply it to the areas that do not need treatment. If the medication accidentally gets on areas that do not need treatment, wash it off.

Tazarotene should always be used as instructed by the doctor. Using the medication any more or any less could do more harm than good.  This medication should be applied once during bedtime unless otherwise instructed.

Side effects
There are no such serious side effects of Tazarotene. However, in some cases an allergic reaction like shortness of breath, swelling of lips, face or tongue and closeness of throat may occur. Some of the relatively less serious and mild side effects of Tazarotene are given below.

* Increased sun sensitivity. So when using this medication make sure you use a sunscreen with a SPF 15 or greater and wear protective clothing when you go out.
* Increased skin sensitivity to extreme weathers such as cold and wind.
* Skin burning
* Skin warmth
* Redness
* Swelling
* Drying
* Peeling of the skin

In case any of these side effects is severe or bothersome, make sure you call for immediate medical help.

Drug interactions
Tazarotene can interact with some other medications. In case you are using any of the following medicines, make sure you consult a doctor before using Tazarotene.

* A thiazide diuretic such as hydrochlorothiazide, chlorothiazide
* A tetracycline antibiotic such as tetracycline, minocycline, doxycycline
* A fluoroquinolone antibiotic such as lomefloxacin
* A sulfonamide antibiotic such as sulfamethoxazole

Caution
Adhere to the following given caution tips while using Tazarotene to stave off the negative effects of the medication.

* Tazarotene should not be applied to or near eyes, ears, nostrils, mouth, or mucous membranes.
* Never ever use Tazarotene on dry, chapped, sunburned or windburned skin.
* This medication should not be applied on areas with wounds.
* People suffering from skin problems like eczema should refrain from using Tazarotene.
* Never use this medication excessively. Overuse of Tazarotene can result in increased redness or even peeling of the skin.
* Never use Tazarotene beyond its expiry date.
* Products with high concentrations of alcohol, astringents, spices should be avoided when using Tazarotene.

Keep all these factors in mind when using any of over the counter or prescription Tazarotene.

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