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If you’ve used Renova, please help others by adding your feedback. What would you tell your best friend about this product? Please remember that we do not give medical advice. That is for your local health care provider, who is familiar with your medical history. You can use the form below to add your comments, feedback or Renova review.

Subj: Acne
Date: 7/2/2006
I am 39 and have been using Renova 0.02% (to minimize fine wrinkles) for about 6 weeks now. I am getting some large pimples on my chin and small ones on my nose and cheeks. I’d like to stick with it to achieve the line-minimizing results, but the new acne is really bothering me. Will the acne go away soon, and I should stick it out?


AskDocWeb: There is no way for us to know when the acne will go away or what might be causing it. You might try an over-the-counter remedy or, if it becomes a serious concern, talk to your doctor.

Subj: Expensive but may be worth it
Date: 7/23/2006
I haven’t started using yet but after reviews I am looking forward to it. It is expensive over $100 a tube for me, but I will get this prescription filled, I had been hesitating until I read the reviews. I will contact later with results.


Subj: Feedback advice on Renova
Date: 8/1/2006
I’ve used Renova since it came out in the late eighties/early nineties…to avoid redness, I’ve found you must allow your face to dry completely before applying it and always, always use sunscreen otherwise you will have a red face from it.


Subj: Moisturizer to use with Renova?
Date: 8/3/2006
I just got a new prescription of Renova .05% which I am about to have filled. I used Renova successfully for many years, but then quit (ugh!). I remember having trouble finding a suitable moisturizer that didn’t burn during the adjustment phase … and I think it was a Neutrogena product. Can anyone recommend a gentle NON-BURNING moisturizer to use during the initial burn & peel stage?


Subj: Wrinkles around eyes
Date: 8/29/2006
Can I apply Renova around the eyes to get rid of wrinkles in this area? I know I should avoid the eyes, but how can I improve the eye area skin, which has many fine lines.


AskDocWeb: How close you use it to your eyes is up to you. The main thing is to keep the Renova from getting in the eyeball or near the corners of the eyes where it may leach onto the globe. That could cause severe itching, burning, redness, stinging, and peeling.

Subj: Proactiv
Date: 9/17/2006
Can you use Renova in conjunction with the skin care line Proactiv?


AskDocWeb: Read the ingredients of the ProActive and see if it contains alcohol, if it does then they cannot be used together.

Subj: Renova in Canada?
Date: 9/19/2006
Excellent product – why is it so difficult to obtain in Canada now?


AskDocWeb: Maybe one of our readers can tell us.

Subj: Respiratory problems
Date: 10/3/2006
I have been using Renova at night for about a month. For the past month I have had respiratory problems, coughing, congestion, scratchy throat, tight chest, trouble breathing, fatigue–but not a classic cold since there is little nose blowing. My doctor felt I was having allergies (have never had problems in my life and I am 56). Antihistamines I have tried do not help and keep me awake, especially the 24 and 12 hour ones. Could the Renova cause this? I will be stopping it for a while to see if I improve, but was wondering if anyone else experienced these problems?


AskDocWeb: Your symptoms are not a listed side effect with that product, but that’s not to say it couldn’t happen.

Subj: Stretch marks
Date: 10/6/2006
What do you know about emu oil diminishing stretch marks? Does it actually work, or is there something better? I have been the same size for years, but for some reason, I keep getting stretch marks periodically. Thanks!


AskDocWeb: It will diminish or lighten up the stretch marks, but they will still be able to be seen. There’s a cream specifically for stretch marks, Revitol is used as a treatment for stretch marks before, during and after pregnancy. If you’re looking for a prescription drug, ask your doctor about Mederma.

Subj: Happy with Renova
Date: 10/15/2006
Hi, I started using retin-a in 1984. I switched to renova in 2000. I have so many compliments on my skin and people cannot believe my age 71, I am very happy with renova, my skin is smooth and slowly but surely it is reversing the sun damage. I have been told I look thirty years younger and have been accused of having a face lift. People have to touch my skin and comment on the actual firmness. I tell them that it is the collagen in the skin due to the renova. I have also been accused of having fat injections and botox. I would not think of using those, plus I cannot afford it anyway. I love using renova as I did the retin-a. The renova does the same as the retin-a but at a slower pace which I feel works well for me. Thank you,


Subj: Long-term use of Renova
Date: 1/20/2007
I am 34 and have received a prescription that I would like to try for Renova. If I am pleased, I may choose to use this for many years. My doctor told me that it can cause small broken blood vessels on the face, and this is a complaint of some longterm users of this cream. How common is this in your experience? Also, can Renova be used effectively on the neck area, specifically in the area right under the chin, that is where I have been noticing beginning signs of a “turkey neck”, can Renova improve the look of that skin even though it may not reduce the sagging?


AskDocWeb: We have heard very few complaints from our readers here. Renova is for use only on your face. Using it on your neck would be an off-label use and we can not recommend that.

Subj: Curious about applying Renova near the eyes
Date: 2/5/2007
I am curious how close to the eye I can actually apply the Renova. My Doctor gave me such a cursory explanation, that I have never really applied it any higher than the lower side of my eye socket (if that makes sense), but now I am noticing so many more fine lines under my eyes that I am wondering if it could be beneficial there as well! I know the warning say to keep away from the eye, but it seems to me that I could be applying it to the delicate skin below the eye itself. Any ideas?


AskDocWeb: It sounds like you are applying it as close as is safely possible. Your eyes are the only ones you have for your lifetime, please don’t take any chances over a few wrinkles.

Subj: Renova nightly
Date: 2/7/2007
I have been using .05% Renova nightly for close to 5 months now. At first my skin was very dry and slightly irritated, but it has helped by using a lot of moisturizer. It seems like the product is not working as well as it did in the beginning. Is this typical because the skin has gotten used to it? Also can this be used on other parts of the body? Thank you,


AskDocWeb: It should not be used on other parts of the body. I don’t think that the product has stopped working in only this short of time, some have used it for 10 years and still having good results.

Subj: Renova 0.05%
Date: 2/19/2007
My pharmacist says that Renova 0.05% is no longer being manufactured. Is this true? I have been using this product for about 10 years and I love it! I don’t like the generic type. Thanks!


AskDocWeb: Yes, you’ll have to go with the Renova 0.02% cream.

Subj: Generic Retin A
Date: 2/19/2007
Is the generic form or Retin A as effective as the non-generic Retin A cream?


AskDocWeb: Yes, it is just as effective.

Subj: Size of pores?
Date: 3/1/2007
Hi, I started using Renova .02% in January of 2007. Will it eventually help with the size of my pores? Also, some mornings I wake up after using the Renova with so much oil in my t-zone. Why would this happen? Thanks!


AskDocWeb: We haven’t heard from anyone that Renova has helped with pores, Retin-A yes but not with Renova. Not sure what’s causing the increased oil in your T-zone but I don’t believe it is the Renova.

Subj: Crows feet
Date: 3/19/2007
I would like to know if you can use Renova around the eye to prevent crows feet… Thanks,


AskDocWeb: No, it would be too easily smeared into the eye.

Subj: Renova for sun damaged skin
Date: 3/22/2007
Hi I’m a 31 year old male and have just started using Renova for sun damaged skin. I’ve been using it for 3 weeks every other night. Been through the peeling phase but still have a redness to my skin. Also I have shiny skin. Will these disappear with time? If you keep using it and you respond well should you have any redness at all or should your skin be clear. Also how long before you see good results? I’ve heard 6 months at least.

Cheers Mark

AskDocWeb: Most people start seeing results in 3 to 4 months. The redness should disappear completely. If you haven’t seen results by the 6th month then you are not likely to see any.

Subj: Biomedic Retinol 60
Date: 4/3/2007
I started using Biomedic Retinol 60 for about a week and my face has started to peel and it has really dried out my skin around my lower eye / upper cheek bone area. It looks like I have way bad wrinkles. I don’t apply right under my eye; rather I apply it high on the cheekbone. Should discontinue use in this area or continue use and let the skin peel? Will it peel? My skin in this area looks worse than before. I am willing to be patient, but I need to know what to expect while my skin gets acclimated. Please help!


AskDocWeb: Retinol 60 is the strongest of the three new products released by La Roche-Posay. The other two are Biomedic Retinol 15 Biomedic Retinol 30. The number refers to the percentage of retinol in the product. Those are different products than the Renova discussed here and since they are new, we have little information on them.

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