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Fabior is a medication prescribed to treat acne. This product comes as a foam; it is changed by the body to its active form, a retinoid. Apply this product once daily in the evening. Make sure to apply it to the entire affected area, rather than just spot treating. Possible side effects include skin irritation, dryness, and redness.

What Is Fabior?

Fabior® (tazarotene foam) is a prescription medication approved for acne treatment. It comes as a foam that is applied to the skin just once a day.
(Click Fabior Uses for more information on this topic, including possible off-label uses.)

Who Makes This Medication?

Fabior is made by DPT Laboratories, Ltd., for Stiefel Laboratories, Inc.

How Does Fabior Work?

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

When and How to Use It

Some general considerations to keep in mind during treatment include the following:
  • Fabior is applied to the affected areas of the skin once daily, usually in the evening. Use only a thin layer.
  • Wash the affected area, usually the face and perhaps the upper chest, with a mild cleanser, dry thoroughly, and then apply the foam.
  • Shake the can well before each use.
  • Make sure to cover the entire affected area; "spot treatment" will not work nearly as well.
  • Make sure to keep Fabior away from the eyes, mouth, and vagina.
  • Wash your hands after applying this product.
  • Avoid excessive sun exposure on areas of the body where Fabior has been applied, as you will burn more easily.
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be used as prescribed.
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