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If you have fine facial wrinkles, flat patches of skin discoloration, or other signs of excess sun exposure, your healthcare provider may recommend Avage, a prescription skin cream. This product is chemically related to vitamin A and is thought to work below the skin's surface to treat signs of sun damage. Common side effects include peeling, redness, and dry skin.
What Is Avage?Avage® (tazarotene) is a prescription skin cream approved to treat a few specific signs of overexposure to the sun, including fine facial wrinkling, blotchy skin discoloration, and flat patches of skin discoloration.
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®.
When and How to Use AvageSome general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with Avage include the following:
- Avage is usually applied once daily to the entire face in the evening (including the eyelids, if desired). Use a pea-sized amount.
- Remove any cosmetics before applying the medication. If you wash your face, be sure the skin is completely dry before using this product.
- You may use moisturizers before or after applying Avage. Make sure the first product applied (either Avage or a moisturizer) has absorbed into the skin and is dry before applying the second product.
- Avoid excessive sun exposure, since you will burn more easily. A facial sunscreen or moisturizer of at least SPF 15 should be used every day.
- For Avage to work properly, it must be used as directed.