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I recently purchased "Stieva-A" 0.100% in Mexico while on vacation thinking it was a low dose Renova. I have over applied, I find, because of severe peeling and dryness on my face. This evidentally is quite a strong dose and I'm wondering how to use and how often.
AskDocWeb: Sorry Anne, we don't keep up on drugs from other countries. You might check the manufacturer's website to get specific instructions.
Subj: Mid 50's
I have been using Renova for at least 5 years. I'm in my mid 50's and was wondering if I should use other over the counter facial treatments other than a good mositurizer or does the Renova cover all those "extras"?
AskDocWeb: That would depend on your skin type and condition. For instructions that are specific to your situation you would need to consult a dermatologist.
Subj: Renova for a scar?
My dermatologist gave me some samples of Renova to try on a scar that I have on the bridge of my nose. The scar is slightly indented and has a bluish tint as well. The scar is 6 years old. Do you think that this product will work to get rid of the scar or at least make it appear less noticeable?
AskDocWeb: There have been reports that Renova has been used successfully on chicken pox scars, although it may take several months.
Subj: Broken blood vessels?
I have been told that Renova "thins" the skin and causes little broken blood vessels in the cheeks to become worse. Is this true?
AskDocWeb: There have been a couple of complaints from long-term users about tiny broken veins appearing close to the surface of their skin. We have been unable to locate any statistical data on what percentage of users experience that side effect.
Subj: My skin is worse than before
I have been using Renova for about 3 weeks and my skin is actually worse than before. I have pimples where I've never had pimples before (around nose, corners of eyes) and my entire face is a dry, flaky mess. I use it at night three times a week but I have to apply it on top of my moisturizer because my skin is so dry I can hardly move it if I apply it before. Will this get better? If so, when can I expect it to happen?
AskDocWeb: You must have missed that part of the instructions that says, "For the first 2 to 3 weeks of treatment, your skin condition may appear to worsen. This is expected." You should start to see improvement from here on as you continue treatment.
I have Sjogren's and was concerned about any type of problem with using Renova with this disease. I just started with the .02%. Is is ok to use this medicine?
AskDocWeb: We have read good reviews from others who have Sjogren's and used Renova but you would have to check with your health care provider because this is a prescription medication.
Subj: Deeper wrinkles?
I have been using renova .05% for almost 2 years now, and I love the result. My fine lines see almost all gone. I just want to know since I feel I can really tolerate the product very well, can I go for retin 0.1%? Will 0.1% bring even better result on preventing get winkles? Because I do know 0.05% is better on deeper wrinkles than 0.025%. How about .1% then?
AskDocWeb: More is not always better, especially when it comes to using drugs so you may want to consult with a dermatologist to find out. In order to get rid of deeper wrinkles you may need a combination approach involving two or more of the following; plastic surgery, laser rejuvenation, chemical peel, and/or microdermabrasion.
Subj: Dry skin
I have been using renova at night for a few weeks and at first my skin improved but then became very dry. Should I also use a moisturizer when using renova at night?
AskDocWeb: It is difficult to go to sleep with a tight feeling on your face. Applying a light cream seems to work well as long as the Renova is allowed to completely dry first, about 20 minutes.
Subj: Deathly afraid of causing a deformity
I love how Renova keeps my breakouts at bay (cystic/hormonal) and evens out my skin tone. I'm concerned because of the warnings about birth defects. I'm in a long term, committed relationship and I'm deathly afraid of accidently getting pregnant because of this. I would start a family if I got that pleasant accident, except I can't bear the thought of causing a deformity. Should I stop Renova because I'm sexually active with my finance?
AskDocWeb: It sounds like you need to talk with your doctor about the benefits and risks of using Renova during pregnancy.
Subj: Acne is decreasing but eye is dry
I am 40 and started using Renova for my continual acne problem. I have noticed a big difference in bumps and acne decreasing. I have also had a cataract surgery and PRK surgery (both within the last 10 years) in my right eye. I still need to wear a contact in my right eye but haven't been able to tolerate it in the last couple of months. I wake up in the morning and only my right eye feels extremely dry and like I have slept in my contact. Could this be a side effect to the Renova? I put a small amount of Renova all over my face at night, avoiding the eye area, but then put an Oil of Olay eye cream on my eye area.
AskDocWeb: As long as you are keeping the Renova away from your eyes it should have no affect on them.
Subj: Not stinging
Not sure if this is a still a live posting, but I am curious. If Renova is not stinging at all since first application, does that mean it is not working? Thanks.
AskDocWeb: The stinging is just a possible side effect but not everyone has that response.
Subj: Products with warning labels
I like the results of using Renova but have a general concern about it and other products with warning labels used on the skin. If ingredients can travel into one's body by simply being applied topically to the skin, how is this really different than ingredients entering through the obvious orifices, such as the mouth, the eyes, and mucous membranes? While not an orifice per sť, surely the porous dermis is a means of delivery. And to read on labels that "poison control" should be called "immediately" should the product be ingested etc., does suggest that some ingredients should not be in our bodies--no matter how they get in there.
Subj: Waxing eyebrows?
I read that you are not to have your face waxed while using Renova .02. I want to have my eyebrows waxed 1X/month. Do I need to avoid using Renova .02 in that area to be able to wax my eyebrows? If yes, how long do I have to wait to have them waxed if I am currently using the product?
AskDocWeb: We don't know but that sounds like a good question for their customer service people. Does anyone have experience with waxing while using Renova?
Subj: Dry skin
Hi there I am 38 years old and my dermatologist advised that I use retin a cream twice a week, but I can hardly notice the results on the pigmentation, not that I have much, I also end up having very dry skin and it irritates me, should I try the renova, will this assist in moisturizing my skin.
AskDocWeb: The use of a moisturizer is recommended with Retin-A but Renova has been reported to get rid of dryness without causing breakouts.
Subj: Oily skin
I am 48 years old and have just started using Renova 0.02% cream again after using it for a brief time in my 30's. I have large pores and occasional acne still. I started by applying a small amount to my entire face each night but would wake up with oily skin not dry. I do not use any cream based products unless it is under my eyes because my skin is oily. I asked the doctor if there was something that would be better for my skin since even in the day it was still producing oil, and I got Trentinoin 0.01% gel which actually is working out just fine. I apply it at night as well and keep it away from my nose, eyes and mouth. I still use the Renova under my eyes each night. Is that ok to use the two products on different areas of my face? So far my skin is responding well to the cream for under my eyes and gel for my face. I only use a pea size drop of both products. What do you think?
AskDocWeb: Each of these products will have a drying affect and reduce the amount of oil produced by your skin. As long as you follow your doctor's instructions it sounds like you have a good solution.
Subj: Waxed my upper lip
I have been using Renova .02 for almost 2 weeks and just waxed my upper lip. It is burning and stinging! I just realized I should have not, what do I do? I'm afraid I pulled a layer of skin off. Any suggestions?
AskDocWeb: It is important to keep the area clean to avoid infections. You might want to have your doctor examine the skin for possible complications.
I used Renova for several years. It truly reduced fin lines (I am 52 now), but then I realized that it has parabens in it, so I stopped using it. I rather have wrinkles than skin cancer.
AskDocWeb: Parabens are antioxidants used in food and drug preservation; the butylated product (hydroxybenzoate) is the standard form of usage. These compounds are used primarily for their antibacterial and fungicidal properties. Oral treatments containing them have been linked to miscarriages and birth defects. Although research suggests that topical retinoids (Retin-A, Renova) do not pose the same risk, if you are pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant consult with your doctor before using them.
Subj: Face is puffy
I have been using Renova for about a month and my side effects are different than those listed on your website. My face is puffy and the lines under my eyes and next to my nose are very pronounced. (A lot deeper and more noticable than before). Will this improve over the next few months, or should I stop using Renova?
AskDocWeb: There is a caution in the instructions that says your face may become puffy if you have sensitive skin. If this happens, notify your doctor, who may recommend that you discontinue the medication until your skin returns to normal, or adjust the medication to a level that you can tolerate.
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