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

Dr. Brandith Irwin, MD

Ask me your skincare question!

Hi, I’m Dr. Irwin, and I believe that consumers need and deserve a medically trained and unbiased skincare advocate.

  • All our content is written and researched by myself and my trained staff.
  • My medical office in Seattle has experience treating thousands of patients.
  • This site is not affiliated or financially tied to any product line.
Ask Me Something
SkinTour Skincare
One of the best investments in your skin is your daily skincare. Why? Because you can prevent many problems with blotchy skin color, lack of glow, texture, some types of acne, and fine lines with good skincare products. You can also correct some of these problems with effective skincare products. Great skincare is often more expensive because quality ingredients are expensive. Some companies spend on research/development which benefits all of us and adds to the cost. Are they worth it? In general - yes!