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How do retinoids help treat psoriasis?

Topical retinoids can be used to treat psoriasis. These are prescription vitamin A-like gels and creams, such as tazarotene (Tazorac and Avage), that slow the rate of skin-cell growth. They have fewer side effects than corticosteroids but are slower acting. Improvement usually begins within 2 months. Women who may become pregnant or plan to become pregnant within 3 years should not use retinoids in any form.

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