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Tazarotene Dosage

For most people, the standard dosage of tazarotene is a thin layer of the gel or cream applied to the affected area once a day, in the evening. Because this medicine will make you more sensitive to the sun, it's important to protect your skin by using sunscreen regularly; in addition, you should avoid excessive sun exposure on areas where you have applied the medication.

An Introduction to Dosing With Tazarotene

There is only one standard dosage for tazarotene (Avage®, Tazorac®), regardless of your age or weight, although the specific instructions for use vary a little, depending on the condition being treated. As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
 

Tazarotene Dose for Acne or Psoriasis

Tazorac 0.05% gel and cream are approved only for treating psoriasis. The higher-strength Tazorac gel and cream (0.1%) are approved to treat psoriasis and acne. For people with psoriasis, it is usually best to start with the lower strength first.
 
Both Tazorac products are applied to the affected areas once daily in the evening. Although some skin irritation, redness, and burning are to be expected, your healthcare provider may recommend that you use tazarotene less frequently (such as every other day) if extreme irritation occurs.
 
Because Tazorac will make you more sensitive to the sun, your healthcare provider will likely recommend that you use a sunscreen of at least SPF 15 or higher every morning. Your healthcare provider can recommend a sunscreen that will not irritate your skin or worsen your acne.
 

Tazarotene Dose for Fine Wrinkles or Skin Discoloration

Avage cream is approved for improving fine facial wrinkles and skin discoloration due to sun exposure. It is applied to the entire face once daily in the evening. A pea-sized amount should cover the entire face. Although some skin irritation, redness, and burning are to be expected, your healthcare provider may recommend that you use Avage less frequently (such as every other day) if extreme irritation occurs.
 
Because Avage will make you more sensitive to the sun, you should use a facial sunscreen or moisturizer with an SPF of 15 or higher every morning. Your healthcare provider can recommend a sunscreen that is ideal for you.
 
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