Compare Renova vs. Tazorac

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Renova (Tretinoin)

Prescription only

Tazorac (tazarotene)

Prescription only
Treats acne and sun damage.

Renova (Tretinoin) isn't a cure for fine lines and wrinkles, but it's clinically proven to improve them.

3.1/ 5 average rating with 58 reviewsforRenova
Treats acne, psoriasis, wrinkles, and skin pigmentation.

Tazorac (tazarotene) can be used for a variety of skin conditions such as acne, wrinkles, psoriasis, and pigmentation but can cause your skin to be irritated. Your doctor and pharmacist can provide tips to help relieve and prevent skin irritation.

Upsides
  • You only need to apply it once a day, usually in the evening.
  • Most people who reported having skin irritation said that it was mild.
  • Part of a complete program to help you take better care of your skin.
  • Studies show Tazorac (tazarotene) is effective for acne, psoriasis, wrinkles, and pigmentation.
  • Is one of the first-line prescription medicines for acne.
Downsides
  • It may take up to 6 months to see the full benefit for facial wrinkles.
  • Not a good choice for women who want to become or are pregnant
  • Can change the color and texture of your skin if used long-term.
  • You need to be careful about avoiding any sunlight or artificial tanning while using it.
  • It doesn't work for deep wrinkles.
  • Not available over-the-counter. You'll need a prescription to get Tazorac (tazarotene).
  • May be a lot more expensive than alternative medicines.
  • May cause skin irritation.
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Dosage forms
  • Cream, gel, or ointment
  • Cream
  • Gel
  • Foam
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Reviews
58 reviews so far
41%
saidit'sworth it
28%
saiditworked well
28%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
4possible side effects
  • Mild skin reactions
    100%
  • Severe local irritation
    7%
  • Any side effect
    4%
  • Skin hypo- or hyperpigmentation
    2%
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9possible side effects
  • Skin peeling
    40%
  • Skin redness
    34%
  • Burning sensation
    26%
  • Dry skin
    16%
  • Irritated skin
    10%
  • Itching
    10%
  • Irritated skin from contact with an irritant or allergen
    8%
  • Stinging
    3%
  • Rash
    3%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Skin irritation
    • Using other medicines or products that irritate the skin
    • Eczema
    • Extreme temperatures (hot or cold)
  • Sun sensitivity
  • Allergic reactions
    • Allergy to fish or fish products
  • Harm to fetus
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  • Sunburn
    • Sun exposure
    • Other drugs that can cause sun sensitivity
  • Skin irritation
  • Pregnancy
  • Lentigo Maligna (a form of skin cancer)
  • Flammable
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