Tazarotene is a topical medication used in dermatology for the treatment of acne, psoriasis, and certain other skin conditions. It belongs to a class of drugs called retinoids, which are derivatives of vitamin A. Tazarotene works by affecting the growth and differentiation of skin cells, helping to unclog pores, reduce inflammation, and promote the turnover of skin cells. This leads to smoother, clearer skin with fewer acne lesions and improved appearance. Tazarotene is available in various formulations, including creams, gels, and foams, and is typically applied directly to the affected areas of the skin. It’s important to use tazarotene as directed by a healthcare provider and to follow any instructions provided for its use. Common side effects may include skin irritation, dryness, redness, and peeling, particularly during the initial stages of treatment.