Can I use Tazorac at night and retinol in the morning?

I'm 47 years old and have been using Tazorac for years. I started using the cream and have now been using the gel for the past year. My skin is very tough, this product doesn't cause me any drying or redness. The question is, I use the Tazorac at night, can I use a retinol during the day such as Skin Ceuticals Retinol or would I just be wasting my money?

You’d be wasting your money since light tends to inactivate the retinoids (Renova, Tazorac, tretinoin, Retin A, retinol, etc.).  You’d be far better off adding a good antioxidant Vitamin C based serum like the SkinCeuticals C&E Phoretin which has a new gel form and travel friendly packaging.  It’s expensive but worth it.  Or, add the TNS Recovery (growth factors).  Use either one in the morning under your sunscreen.  I haven’t added the gel yet to our products but will soon.   Dr. I

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