Generic Name: Tretinoin

  • What is Renova?

    Renova is a topical cream (applied directly on the skin) that is used to reduce fine wrinkles, discoloration, and roughness on facial skin as part of a comprehensive skin care and sun-avoidance program.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Renova?

    Renova is for external use only. Do not use it in your eyes, mouth, or corners of your nose.

    Renova does not eliminate wrinkles, repair sun-damaged skin, reverse aging of your skin due to sun, or restore younger skin.

    Limit sun exposure while you are using Renova. If you have a sunburn, wait until it fully recovers before you start this medicine. Use sunscreen products (at least SPF 15) and wear protective clothing over treated areas when you cannot avoid being exposed to the sun. Weather extremes, such as wind and cold, can irritate your skin and should also be avoided while using this product.

    You may notice some effects in 3-4 months of treatment, but up to 6 months of treatment may be needed before the effects are seen.

  • Who should not take Renova?

    Do not use Renova if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Renova?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Renova, especially if you have any allergies, sunburn, or other skin disorders such as eczema (an inflammation or irritation of the skin).

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults: Apply a small pearl-sized amount to the affected area(s) once a day.

  • How should I take Renova?

    Apply Renova exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Renova is usually used in the evening. Use only enough cream to lightly cover the affected area. Wash your face with a mild soap and dry your skin gently. Wait 20-30 minutes until your skin is completely dry before applying Renova. Apply a small pearl-sized amount of cream to the affected area(s) and smooth it lightly into your skin. Do not wash your face for at least one hour after applying this medication.

  • What should I avoid while taking Renova?

    Do not use Renova in your eyes, mouth, or corners of your nose.

    Do not excessively expose your skin to the sun, wind, or cold to prevent further irritation.

    Do not use Renova with other medications that can increase your sensitivity to the sun (such as hydrochlorothiazide, tetracycline, or sulfonamide products).

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Renova?

    If Renova is used with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is important to check with your doctor before combining Renova with any other medication.

  • What are the possible side effects of Renova?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: blistering, changes in skin color, itchiness, peeling of your skin, redness, sensitivity to sunlight, skin irritation

  • Can I receive Renova if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Renova during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Renova?

    If you miss a dose of Renova apply it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not apply two doses at once.

  • How should I store Renova?

    Store at room temperature.