Renova is the brand name of the medication Tretinoin. Available as a topical formulation of Vitamin A, the medication is suitable for treating skin conditions like acne and discoloration. Renova can help rejuvenate skin and hence has many off-label uses. Long-term use of Renova for at least 24 weeks is deemed to provide significant results of improved skin. Renova should be used as indicated by the physician for best results.
Renova uses and dosage information
Renova is important for many skin care conditions as it helps with rejuvenation. The medication is commonly used in the treatment of acne. Although the medication cannot cure wrinkles, rough skin, or stretch marks, it is can still be used to treat these problems. It is not suitable for use in pregnant women.
Every tube of Renova contains 0.02% of Tretinoin in a cream based topical formulation. It is believed that the medication works by increasing the amount of collagen in the dermis. There are a number of inactive ingredients in the product as well. These would be listed on the product label and should be checked before using the medication to avoid any potentially allergic reactions.
How to use Renova
Renova should be used only according to the prescription instructions in order to get effective results. Frequent use of Renova in high quantities or for longer than the doctor’s recommendation, will not aid in improving the skin faster but actually increase the side effects. The medication should only be applied topically on the skin and never consumed orally.
Wash the affected area of the skin before application. Take the recommended amount of Renova and apply it evenly on the skin. It is likely to experience tingling or warm skin while using the cream initially. Avoid applying the cream on parts of the skin that is sunburned, irritated, dry, or chapped. Other areas to avoid include the eyes, mouth, nostrils, and ears.
Ensure that cleansed skin is dry before applying the cream else there can be irritation. Always wait an hour before using any other products on the skin. Avoid going out into direct sunlight and always wear sunscreen of SPF30 or higher, as well as protective clothing.
It may take a few weeks of continued Renova use before seeing any visible results. It is recommended to follow the treatment plan for the entire course prescribed by the doctor. Using higher amounts of the cream can result in overdose. The overdose symptoms include redness, skin peeling, and even pain.
Emergency medical assistance should be sought if there are any signs of an allergic reaction like difficulty breathing, hives, and swelling of the face, tongue, throat or lips.
Common side effects of the skin treatment cream include mild warmth, sting sensation for a short while, and changes in the color of the skin where treated. The skin can also become more sensitive to extreme weather conditions.
Severe side effects for which you should stop using the cream and get the doctor’s help right away are if the treated skin areas become severely red or burn; there is severe stinging, swelling, peeling, blistering, irritation, or clustering.
Important safety information
Renova should be used by taking into account the relevant contraindications. Skin products that contain sulfur, resorcinol, benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, or resorcinol should be avoided unless approved by the healthcare provider for use.
It is currently unknown if the topical cream can interact with orally administered medications. Be sure to inform the doctor of all drugs being taken in order to avoid any unwarranted health complications.