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Renova

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What is Renova?

RENOVA (tretinoin cream) 0.02% is the first prescription approved by the FDA and proven to reduce fine facial wrinkles, including crow's feet, when used as part of a total skin care and sun protection program. RENOVA does not eliminate wrinkles, repair sun-damaged skin, reverse photoaging or restore more youthful or younger skin.

Active Ingredient

RENOVA contains tretinoin, a Vitamin A derivative, like the one naturally occurring in your body (Vitamin A is also an essential nutrient found in yellow and orange vegetables such as carrots and yams). Tretinoin works within the cell and is believed to increase collagen production in the epidermis and decrease collagen breakdown in the dermis to improve the skin's internal structure.

What to Expect

When using RENOVA, you should begin to notice your skin becoming smoother and softer within the first month or two. Within three to four months, you may notice a reduction in fine facial wrinkles. Additional benefits should be apparent within five to six months of therapy.

Possible Side Effects

While using RENOVA, you may experience some redness, itching, dryness or peeling because RENOVA is a dermal irritant. This is most often mild and most common when treatment is started. In some patients, this may be severe. When using RENOVA, you should limit exposure to the sun and always use a sunscreen.

Renova FAQs

What is the mechanism of action of RENOVA?

How does it work? While not fully understood, researchers believe that tretinoin, the active ingredient in RENOVA, works at the cellular level to reduce certain clinical signs of aging. Tretinoin is a derivative of Vitamin A. Clinical studies suggest that topical tretinoin increases collagen production and decreases collagen breakdown in the dermis to improve the skin's internal structure.

Does RENOVA stop or reverse the aging process?

RENOVA is the first prescription cream proven to reduce certain clinical signs of photodamage associated with chronic sun exposure and the natural aging process. However, RENOVA does not completely eliminate the signs of aging, nor will it repair sun-damaged skin or reverse the aging process.

Does RENOVA prevent the development of new wrinkles?

No, RENOVA treats, but does not prevent wrinkles.

When will I begin to see benefits from RENOVA?

When using RENOVA, you should begin to notice your skin becoming smoother and softer within the first month or two. Within three to four months, you may notice a reduction in fine facial wrinkles. Additional benefits should be apparent within five to six months of therapy.

Who markets RENOVA?

In the United States, RENOVA is marketed by OrthoNeutrogena, headquartered in Skillman, NJ.

How is RENOVA applied?

You will receive individual instruction from your doctor about how and when to apply the product. Generally, RENOVA is recommended for use at night.

Do RENOVA users need to avoid exposing their faces to sunlight?

When using RENOVA, you should limit exposure to the sun (including sun lamps) and always use a sunscreen or moisturizer with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or higher. Patients currently taking drugs known to be photosensitizers should not use RENOVA because of the possibility of increased susceptibility to the sun. Also, patients with facial sunburn should not use RENOVA until they have fully recovered. In all cases, RENOVA should be used as part of a total skin care and sun protection program under a doctor's supervision.

What is the daily skin care regimen for someone using RENOVA?

When RENOVA therapy is prescribed, your doctor will recommend an individualized, daily regimen for skin care that must be followed to ensure results. That routine will most likely include a gentle cleanser and a morning moisturizer with an SPF of 15 or higher. In all cases, RENOVA should be used as part of a total skin care and sun protection program.

How long can a person use RENOVA?

RENOVA has been proven effective in clinical trials for use up to 52 weeks.

What happens to the skin when use of RENOVA is stopped?

Continued use of RENOVA as part of a total skin care regimen, including moisturizer and sunscreen, helps maintain the results achieved during the initial course of RENOVA therapy. With discontinuation of RENOVA therapy, many patients will lose most of the product's effects. Your doctor will determine the length of therapy right for you.

Can RENOVA be used by adults of all ages?

Clinical studies for RENOVA 0.02% Cream have been conducted in individuals up to the age of 71. Consult your doctor on the use of RENOVA.

Can RENOVA be used on skin other than facial skin?

Current labeling indicates the use of RENOVA on facial skin. You should consult your doctor.

Are there other products to avoid when using RENOVA?

Patients using RENOVA should discuss the use of other facial skin products with their doctor. The following products should be used with caution because they may increase irritation: other topical medications; medicated or abrasive facial soaps or shampoos; cosmetics that have a strong drying effect; products with high concentrations of alcohol; astringents, spices or lime ingredients/scents; and products that may irritate the skin such as permanent waves, hair dye, and hair removal treatments including waxing and depilatories.

Can a person being treated with RENOVA use makeup?

Yes, but all makeup should be removed and the face thoroughly cleansed before RENOVA is applied. RENOVA users should review their use of cosmetics with their doctors.

What are the side effects of RENOVA?

While using RENOVA, you may experience some redness, itching or peeling. This is most often mild, and most common when treatment is started. In some patients, irritation may be severe. When using RENOVA, you should limit exposure to the sun and always use a sunscreen.

What should I do if side effects occur?

You should consult your doctor. Usually, side effects are well tolerated. In some cases, your physician will direct you to use less RENOVA, decrease the frequency of application, increase the use of moisturizers, discontinue use temporarily or discontinue use altogether.

Can a woman use RENOVA if she is pregnant? Is there a link between RENOVA or tretinoin and birth defects?

RENOVA should only be used under medical supervision as part of a total skin care and sun protection program. Current labeling for RENOVA states that it should not be used by pregnant women or women attempting to become pregnant. If you become pregnant while using RENOVA, you should contact your doctor immediately.

Can RENOVA be used by nursing mothers?

It is not known whether this drug is excreted in human milk. Because many drugs are excreted in human milk, caution should be exercised when RENOVA is administered to a nursing woman. Consult with your doctor.

Are there any other patients who should not use RENOVA?

RENOVA should only be used under medical supervision as part of a total skin care and sun protection program. It should not be used by individuals with a history of sensitivity reactions to any of its components, and should be discontinued if hypersensitivity to any of its ingredients is noted. RENOVA should not be used by people taking drugs known to be photosensitizers, or by pregnant women, women attempting to become pregnant or in women at high risk of pregnancy.

*The health information contained herein is provided for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace discussions with a healthcare provider. All decisions regarding patient care must be made with a healthcare provider, considering the unique characteristics of the patient.