Avage is licensed to treat signs of sun exposure, such as blotchy skin discoloration and fine facial wrinkling. In some cases, it is also used to treat melasma, rosacea, and other skin conditions. Keep in mind that even though you are using Avage, it doesn't guarantee your wrinkles will completely disappear. You still need to protect your skin from future sun damage.
What Is Avage Used For?Avage® (tazarotene) is a prescription medication licensed to treat some of the signs of exposure to the sun. Specifically, Avage is used to treat the following problems:
- Fine facial wrinkling
- Facial mottled hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation (blotchy skin discoloration)
- Benign facial lentigines (flat patches of skin discoloration).
Like other similar prescription retinoid medications, the prescribing information for Avage clearly states that this medication "does not eliminate or prevent wrinkles, repair sun-damaged skin, reverse photoaging, or restore more youthful or younger skin." This language was used to prevent people from exaggerating claims that retinoids were "wonder drugs" for reversing sun damage.
Avage should always be used with measures to protect the skin from future sun damage. This includes using protective clothing as necessary and using a facial sunscreen or moisturizer with an SPF of 15 or higher every day.
How Does Avage Work?Avage is a "prodrug," a medication that is chemically inactive until it is changed by the body into the active form. The active form of Avage is a retinoid, which is chemically related to vitamin A. Other well-known retinoids include Retin-A® and Accutane®.
Although it is unknown exactly how Avage works to treat some of the signs of sun damage, it is thought that the medication works below the surface of the skin.