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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: Adult acne and sebaceous hyperplasia
Date: 11/7/2009
I was diagnosed with adult acne and sebaceous hyperplasia a few years ago. I have been on Minocin and Aldactone and the oiliness/acne are gone. The hyperplasia, though, did not completely go away even with liquid nitro freezing. Would using Renova help diminish this? Or would I use Retin-A?? If not, what would? Thanks.


AskDocWeb: Sebaceous hyperplasia is a common condition of sebaceous glands typically in adults of middle age or older. It is simply an enlargement of the skin’s oil glands. The lesions of sebaceous hyperplasia are benign with no known potential for malignant transformation. Although sebaceous hyperplasia is harmless individual lesions may be removed by cauterization, electrodesiccation, light cautery, diathermy, and most effectively, with laser vaporization therapy.

Subj: Renova on neck?
Date: 11/22/2009
Is it okay to use Renova on your neck also?


AskDocWeb: Renova is approved for use only on the face.

Subj: Worse before it gets better?
Date: 12/3/2009
I started to use Renova .02% in late October. I began with every night. Went to every other night because of the burning. I used creme on my face….very small amount because I am frugal…I noticed that my make-up was causing my under eye lines to look more pronounced. I did not realize it at the time, but I was beginning to swell. I stopped using the product over a week ago. Moisturizers burned and my make-up burned. I now have red, dry spots under my eyes (the skin is actually hard) in addition to the swelling. I also feel as though the fine lines I had appear more prominent than before. Can this product cause lines to be worse? Will this hard skin go away? My doctor told me to discontinue use (which I already did) and to use Cort-Aid on the swelling. When you say that the condition of the skin will get worse before it gets better, is this what you are talking about? I am concerned that I have permanently damaged my skin. Doctor also suggest I mix Renova with moisturizer when I start back up. What do you think? I thought this would lessen the effectives of the Renova.


AskDocWeb: There are no reports of any permanent skin damage from using Renova. Mixing Renova with a moisturizer will lesson the effectiveness but it will also reduce the skin irritation, which is what you want. This will give your skin more time to become accustomed to it.

Subj: Instructions for the Renova
Date: 12/12/2009
My dermatologist gave me presc. for Renova and I had some health issues and now I am well. My problem is that I have lost the instructions for the Renova. Could you possibly send me as much as possible so I can get started with it. Thanks so much.


AskDocWeb: Your pharmacist should be happy to give you a copy of the instructions.

Subj: Renova side effects
Date: 2/10/2010
This product caused many serious health issues that were never listed on the pamphlet. This product contains microbial (minute microorganisms per fda correspondence that was hidden from the public). It contains TTNPB a toxic engineered hepatitis b virus with carcingenic cancer cells. It contains 13-cis isotretinoin (accutance) and radioactive material not listed on the pamphlet. It caused me Keratitis, silicosis from the liquid silicone used as a delivery vehicle JnJ’s own patent, it caused blurred vision, severe ongoing migraines, scleraderma, loss of hair, problems with my voice, sinusitis, deviated septum from the metals used in this product, leukocytoclastic reaction from phosphorous compounds which caused scarring ongoing, blisters, chelitis of lips, dry eyes, rhinitis, anterolisthesis (spine splipping due to fractures that these agents are known to cause), chemical dermatitis, severe abdominal pain and bloating (irritable bowel syndrome), epstein barr virus from th e hepatitis b virus used in this cream and a host of other health issues. All were reported to fda and JnJ and physicians refused to report this and by law are mandated and the fda has not listed my reactions or the reactions of 14,000 others who had reported adverse effects in hidden correspondence that has now been deleted from their files.

I have had impetigo and they knew this product could cause this as a subject in testing had this, one man died of myocardial infarction and they knew all trans retinoic acid caused this and all trans retinoic syndrome, infiltrations of the lungs, a biopsy revealed I have perivascular mononuclear infiltrates and atypia (pre cancerous) that these agents can cause, I have edema in my face and head and eyes and arsenic and other heavy metals have shown in blood and hair tests. Physicians look the other way and ignore glucose count of 128, easionphils count 588, hemocrit low, wbc high, folic acid low high lipid panel and physicians look the other way, ignoring their patients health to cover up a product that never should have been approved.


Subj: Acne?
Date: 2/18/2010
Can Renova be used for Acne?


AskDocWeb: Yes, your doctor may use this treatment to treat acne.

Subj: Stieva-a
Date: 3/7/2010
I am 50 years old and was just given a prescription for Stieva-a .025% from a dermatologist for aging, fine lines and wrinkes. I see in the post Subj: Atralin? Date: 1/18/2010 that you do not mention it as a brand name of the generic drug tretinoin. Is this cream comparable to Renova? Will it work just as well as the others?


AskDocWeb: Yes, Stieva-a is another brand name for tretinoin, as are Refissa, Tretin-X, and Rejuv-A. Sometimes appears that when drug companies don’t have a new product to bring to the market they just give an existing product a new name and start promoting the new brand as if it were a new product.

Subj: Where to get Renova
Date: 3/29/2010
I’ve been searching to get Renova, my doctor gave me a prescription for the brand name Renova 0.05% Please email a.s.a.p to tell me which pharmacy carries it or their supplier has it. I live in st cloud mn. Sincerely,

AskDocWeb: Your local phone book has a list of pharmacies in the Yellow Pages. When you call the first one, if they don’t have it, just ask if they know of one that does carry Renova.

Subj: Melasma (Chloasma)
Date: 4/2/2010
I have been on Renova using samples my derm gave me, first few weeks had dryness, peeling around the mouth area and a spot on my forehead. My derm suggested I use moisturizer on top for this which helped. Reason for use was I have slightly pitted areas on my cheeks no acne though. I dont think it has helped yet for this but today noticed I have a melasma forming at the moment on my higher cheek area. So wondering if this cream can cause melasma? And if I should invest in buying the product? Can anyone answer? thanks

AskDocWeb: Melasma, also known as Chloasma and Mask of Pregnancy, are often triggered and made worse by exposure to sunlight. Taking birth control pills and certain cosmetics may also cause melasma. Renova is used to treat melasma but it has not been reported as a cause of this condition.

Subj: Morning headaches
Date: 4/8/2010
I am 48 and I have been using Renova for 6 weeks. I had leathery dark skin right under my eyes which has almost disappeared. My face looks radiant! I have been using it off label on my neck, specifically on my scar from the removal of my thyroid (cancerous). The scar was a tight cord and was one year old. I had tried prescription and over the counter scar creams with no success – I HATED that scar – after six weeks of Renova the scar is almost invisible and the cord has thinned out. For that I am thrilled. BUT, I am experiencing some of the toxic side effects from Vitamin A. Wikipedia Vitamin A and you’ll see the side effects are just like Linda above had. I have severe migraines every morning, blurred vision, and lack of concentration during the day. By the evening I feel wonderful again. When I skip the bedtime application I’m okay in the morning. I feel like a junkie, for I love the way my face and scar look, but I can’t tolerate the morning headaches.


Subj: No side effects
Date: 4/15/2010
I just started using Renova about two weeks ago and have not noticed any side effects whatsoever. Is this normal? I’ve just been using it 3 times/wk to start.


AskDocWeb: It sounds like you are giving your skin a chance to get used to the drug. That reduces the chances of side effects, which is good for you.

Subj: Does renova shrink facial pores?
Date: 5/23/2010
Does renova shrink pore on the facial cheeks…I have noted much bigger pore on my upper cheek area and was considering lasers…but I already have some renova… Thanks!


AskDocWeb: Unfortunately there is no way to permanently shrink pores but it is possible to make your skin appear smoother and Renova may help with that.

Subj: Which moisturizer?
Date: 5/25/2010
I just started using renova 0.02%, I have always used a moisturizer before applying make-up, which moisturizer is recommended now that I’m using renova?


AskDocWeb: There seems to be a great number of choices when it comes to moisturizer. Here are the ones that others have recommended:

  • LifeCell
  • Garnier Ambre Solaire UV sensitive 50
  • Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock with SPF 50+ with Helioplex
  • Neutrogena Facial Moisturizer For Sensitive Skin
  • Avon MOISTURE 24 Long-Lasting Hydrating Cream
  • Estée Lauder Estoderm Emulsion
  • Clinique Moisture On-Line
  • Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion
  • Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream
  • Obagi Nu-Derm Action Moisturizing Lotion
  • Theraderm Enriched Facial Moisturizer
  • Ponds Cream
  • Bag Balm
  • Petroleum Jelly

If you find another moisturizer that you like, which is not listed here, please share.

Subj: Discolored skin
Date: 6/23/2010
I am a black man and I have been using Renova .02 for about 3 weeks now and my skin look totally discolored.


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