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Drug class: Topical acne agents

What is Renova?

Renova, a vitamin A form, helps to renew the skin.Renova Cream can help reduce fine wrinkles and skin imperfections, but it will not "cure". It won't eliminate wrinkles or repair skin damaged by the sun.This medication guide does not list all possible uses of Renova.

Side effects of Renova

If you experience any of the following symptoms of an allergic reaction after using Renova Cream, seek immediate medical attention: hives, difficulty breathing, swelling of your lips, face, tongue, or throat.

If you experience any of the following symptoms, stop using Renova immediately and contact your doctor.

  • The skin may experience severe irritation, burning, or stinging.
  • Severe redness, swelling, or blistering.

While using this medication, your skin may become more sensitive to extreme weather conditions such as wind and cold.

Renova may cause side effects such as:

  • The application of the medication may cause mild discomfort or stinging.
  • Changes in the color of the treated skin

There may be other side effects. For medical advice on side effects, call your doctor. To report adverse effects, you can contact the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.


Avoid sunlamps and tanning beds. Renova may make your skin more susceptible to sunburn. If you have to be in the sun, use a minimum of SPF 15 sunscreen and wear protective clothing. Renova should not be applied to your lips, eyes, nose, or mouth. If Renova does manage to get into these areas, rinse with water. Renova should not be used on sunburned or windburned skin, as well as chapped, irritated, or broken skin. Avoid using Renova on wounds and areas of eczema. Renova should not be used until the condition has healed.Even if it doesn't seem to be working, continue using this medication as prescribed. You may need to use the product for weeks or even months before you see any improvement.You should read the entire label and package instructions before taking your medicine. Tell your doctor about any medical conditions you may have, allergies and medications that you take.

Similar/related drugs

Topical tretinoin, Retin-A, Atralin, and Avita

How to take Renova?

Renova should be taken exactly as prescribed by your doctor. It will not work faster if you use more medicine or apply it more frequently than recommended. This can also increase the side effects. Renova should not be used for longer than prescribed by your doctor.Renova should not be taken orally. Renova should only be applied to the skin. This medicine should not be used on wounds, sunburned, windburned, or chapped skin.Hands should be washed before and after using Renova Cream. Apply Renova Cream once daily to the affected areas of your face before going to bed. Use only enough cream to lightly cover them. Apply the cream 20–30 minutes after washing your face gently with mild soap. Apply a tiny amount of face cream.Renova Cream may cause a slight stinging or warmth when first applied.

When applying the cream, you must be extra careful to avoid your ears, nose, mouth, and eyes. If applied to the affected areas, Renova can cause severe itching, peeling, burning, and redness.Overdosing on Renova can lead to an overdose. Overdoses can cause red, peeling skin and some discomfort.Renova can cause irritation if applied to wet or damp skin. Apply a thin layer to your face for at least 20 minutes following a wash.After applying Renova, do not wash the treated skin for at least an hour. After applying Renova, avoid using other skin products for at least one hour.Renova is part of an overall skin care regimen that also includes the use of sunscreen, protective clothing, and avoiding direct sunlight.Even if it doesn't seem to be working, continue taking the medication as prescribed.It may take several weeks before you see any improvements. Continue to take the medication according to instructions, and inform your doctor if you do not see improvement in your symptoms.Keep away from moisture and heat at room temperature. When not in use, keep the bottle tightly shut.

What happens if I miss the dose?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dosage if your next dose is scheduled soon. You should not take extra medicine to compensate for a missed dose.

What happens if I overdose?

For poison assistance, call 1-800-222-1222 or get immediate medical help.

What should be avoided?

Avoid tanning beds or exposure to sunlight. Renova may make you more susceptible to sunburn. Use sunscreen and protective clothing when outdoors, even on cloudy days.Do not get this medication into your eyes, your nose, your mouth, or the creases in your nose.Avoid skin products that can cause irritation. These include harsh soaps or shampoos; permanent hair dyes and chemicals; hair waxes or removers; or products containing alcohol, spices, astringents, or lime.Do not use other medications to treat the same areas that you have treated with Renova, unless you are told by your doctor.

Interaction with other drug

If your doctor has not prescribed otherwise, do not use any skin products containing benzoyl peroxide, sulfur, or resorcinol. When used in conjunction with Renova, these products can cause severe irritation of the skin.Other drugs that you may take orally or even inject are unlikely to have any effect on tretinoin applied topically. Many drugs interact. Inform your healthcare providers of all the medicines you take, including vitamins, herbal products, prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, and other drugs.