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What Is Tazarotene Foam Used For?

Tazarotene foam works to treat acne by reducing inflammation and slowing down the growth rate of skin cells. It is approved for use in adults and children as young as 12 years old. There may also be occasions where a healthcare provider might recommend using tazarotene foam in an off-label fashion to treat actinic keratosis, psoriasis, keratosis pilaris, and other conditions.

An Overview of Uses for Tazarotene Foam

Tazarotene foam (Fabior®) is a prescription medication licensed to treat acne in people age 12 and older.
Tazarotene foam is one of many different prescription acne medications currently available. Like many of these medications, tazarotene foam can make the skin appear worse before it gets better. Often, with retinoids like tazarotene foam, the skin may become irritated, red, and flaky. However, this usually improves with time, and clearer skin may start to appear within about a month.
Your healthcare provider might recommend that you use tazarotene foam alone or with another acne medication. Because tazarotene foam is applied in the evening, typically at bedtime, your healthcare provider may recommend a different type of acne treatment for use in the morning.

How Does It Work?

Tazarotene foam is a "prodrug," a medication that is chemically inactive until it is changed by the body into the active form. The active form of tazarotene foam is a retinoid, meaning it is chemically related to vitamin A. Other well-known retinoids include Retin-A® and Accutane®.
Tazarotene foam is thought to work by suppressing inflammation and slowing down rapid skin cell growth.

Can Children Use Tazarotene Foam?

Tazarotene foam is approved for use in children as young as 12 years old. Talk with your child's healthcare provider about the benefits and risks of using this medication in children.

Tazarotene Foam Information

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