I had slowly graduated to Green Cream 9 and used it with Glycolic cream with beautiful results and decided I was ready to jump to a prescription strength treatment. I used Renova for three months starting slowly. Unfortunately my skin did not react well. After three months, my forehead and temples were covered in bumps and my cheeks had a few large pimples. My skin tone was uneven and my skin looked oily. I do not know if it was the emollient base that caused this as my skin never burned when using it or if I just cannot tolerate prescription retinoids. It has been three days since I stopped using Renova and already the pimples are clearing up. Unfortunately, Renova is not a good product for me. So after I give my skin sometime to recover, back to the Green Cream I go.
I have been using Renova for a couple of years. Have always had problem skin, lots of acne scars. This product has made a very big difference in my skin. Builds up the skin, makes the scars less noticeable. It is very expensive, but lasts a long time, a year. It is so worth it to me, I am always told I look 10 years younger than I am (I am 46), and I think Renova has a lot to do with that.
Yes yes and yes, this stuff really works for me! I'm asian, 31, w/ fine lines around eyes and mouth and wanted to add a retinoid to my routine. I'm on my 6th month and Renova has noticably improved my radiance, clarity, and my lines (while they have not disappeared) have absolutely not progressed. I have used this every night since I started and the first few weeks I experienced some increased dryness, as expected, but no redness and no flaking and my skin adjusted quickly (I don't have sensitive skin whatsoever though....). I use a pea sized blob and dab it on each cheek, forehead, and chin and dab whatever is left around my eyes. Then I use a half-pea drop for my neck. My complexion is so much softer and smoother and my skin is in great overall shape and can definitely see how this is a fab preventative product. Highly recommend for gals and guys in their late 20s or early 30s.
OK, this product does work to help rebuild the collagen and fight wrinkles. But it's very hard to get it right,...at least for me. My skin is extremely reactive to too much or too frequent of applications. I can handle every 2-3 days. My skin has never developed a tolerance. Additionally (yeah, there's more), it has to be applied to TOTALLY dry skin. Meaning that I have to wait at least 20 minutes after washing my face or applying another product (I only apply toner and serums -- for me, TNS) beforehand. THEN, I have to wait about 30-45 minutes to apply moisturizer.
ALSO be warned DO NOT wax while using this or for a long while after. I made the mistake of a brow wax (reasoning I don't use it near my eyes, right?) and learned after chunks of skins were torn off that the product "travels." So I now have my brows threaded (which is amazing by the way!). Also, you must avoid the sun. Trust me on this one too. Sunscreen is a must; even on the drive to the market, etc. SPF all the time.
When I don't honor the foregoing musts, I pay the price with red, inflamed, peeling skin that kinda' defeats the purpose!
Clearly, I still use this stuff, and it is very expensive and requires a Rx. (As for the price tag - a little goes a looong way - at least a year for me). But Renova is not without it's drawbacks. Good luck!
I have used this Rx creme for more than 8 years. It is the ONLY product that seems to actually have anti-aging properties. I am nearing 40 and constantly get compliments on my youthful skin. I believe that Renova is the reason. Wonderful product. Downer is that my Dr. has to prescribe it. A tube lasts me at 6-9 months for about $175.
I DO use it with moisturizer. Renova can be very drying. And only a couple times a week. It is way too strong for everyday use.
Have been using this product for a month. Still continue to have the occasional breakout and haven't yet noticed any changes in wrinkles or hyperpigmentation but from my understanding usually takes longer . This product is definitely much gentler in regards to dryness then regular Retin A. Will continue to use and post an update.
went to the derm for retin-a to treat acne. she gave me tons of samples ranging from renova to retin-a micro. she told me to start with the lowest dosage (renova) and work my way up to the .1% and figure out if i liked cream or gel, etc. well, i used renova every other night. the 2nd time i used it-omg-i woke up with a HUGE pimple above my upper lip and a grip of them scattered all over my hairline and temples. i have a wedding this weekend and i am freaking out! i didnt get any burning or peeling (i have pretty hardy combo/oily skin) but the breakouts are retarded. so i started googling and found out that renova is good for wrinkles ONLY and retin-a is good for acne AND wrinkles and that renova was invented for people who have dry/sensitive skin and couldnt tolerate retin-a and thats why its in a cream base and retin-a comes in a gel for oily skin people because we dont need the "moisturizing" base like the dry skinned peeps do. I read all this on dermadoctor and i was SO bummed! i wished i had found that article before i started using renova. and i wished my derm didnt tell me that "oh, they're all the same". no they are NOT! theres a reason why it comes in cream and gels bases! anyway, i gave all my renova samples to my bf who has hella dry skin and im starting the retin-a micro gel tonight. i am excited. renova has gotten great reviews for wrinkles, just not made to treat acne. i will keep checking on my bf's crows feet. if it starts going away, i will up the lippies.
I got this .o5% from medsmex.com for $14.95. I have had no problem with credit card fraud, but I do appreciate the warning from the other mua'er. This is Retin-A with cream. I have oily skin, but apparently it has turned a bit dry, as this dries my skin out a bit, but not much. It doesn't give me breakouts, either.
Since I used the Neutrogena Dermatologics Retinol (QVC) for a year for $65 a pop, was my skin just ready for this? I was shocked at how little trouble I had. I applied a pea size on clean face, after waiting 30 minutes after cleansing.
Used this for two weeks, at dinner a friend said, your 11 lines are gone from between your forehead. I am using this on my eyes (on the orbital bone) and it is helping. Someone 10 years younger than me mentioned I had no jowel lines. The rough skin between my eyebrows has disappeared. I am quoting all these folks as it is so hard to be objective when one is wanting it to work.
Peeling: I had no problem with peeling until I put a foundation on... Then 15 minutes later I would be peeling at the corner of my mouth. This is tricky - it looks like everything is working.
I am going to list the foundations that don't work for my own sanity. Tonight I was speaking at a banquet, and my bf told me my skin was flaking on the side of my mouth right before I went on. I checked in the bathroom and it was horrid. I believe the problem is the Smashbox Primer. I used Shiseido Liquid Compact tonight, so it better not be that, as it is my most expensive makeup ever (because it is so little and costs so much). I whipped out my Chanel Lift moisturizer and it went away.
3weeks: My Chanel Blanc Primer which I used to use for a foundation shows the peels as whiter, but it is better than most. Cosmedicine tinted moisturizer works pretty well.
3 1/2 weeks: My lips are plumper, but they're chapped. Used toothbrush, mixed up sugar and olive oil and exfoliated my lips and face. Have to make sure to rinse thoroughly as sugar will leave bacteria. Had to use toner to get it all off. My face is as soft as a baby's tush.
I have to wear something, as there are two red areas by the sides of my mouth.
Jojoba oil is not helping me out with this, as a moisturizer. Shiseido BioPerformance Super Refining Essence feels good and stops the peel, but it was gwp, so I have no idea how much that costs.
I'm only a couple days into using this so I'll have to update later. That said, everything seems to be going really well. I used Trenatoin in the past and it was kind of a nightmare -- flaking, peeling, redness -- bleh. Who needs it? My skin is fine, but I have some light wrinkles around my eyes. What I'm liking about this so far is it seems to be making my skin FIRMER which is something that most creams/exfolliants really can't do.
My routine: Use (kind of a big) pea sized dollop every night. Apply 20 minutes after washing face. After applying I put on Eucerin Q10 anti wrinkle sensitive skin cream (the heavy one). I think this is helping keep the flaky redness at bay.
UPDATE: The results of this are pretty amazing. I had the beginning of fine lines around my mouth... GONE. Wrinkles around my eyes are smoothing out. I think the results really kick in after a few weeks from what I'm seeing.
Renova is great; My skin looks fantastic and I'll never be without the stuff again. However,
***DO NOT*** ORDER FROM MEDSMEX.COM!!!! I just had to shut down my credit card account due to fraudulent activity made right after I purchased my Renova from them (which happened to be 2am my time). I had ordered from them one two prior occasions without issue, so I was definitely caught by surprise. Most of the charges were in insignificant amounts made to venues with Spanish names, but one for an "AsiaAir" or something was made for around one-hundred dollars. I read here that some people have had issues with them, but it wasn't until I started looking around on other boards that I realized that they have a history of problems. When I wrote them and complained they replied with a very nice letter insisting that they have been in business for eleven years and that their website it secure. However, that doesn't appear to be the case; other boards list a pattern where people will order from them and then find bogus charges made to international dating sites including Match.com. Luckily my bank was understanding and alerted me, but now I'm at a loss as to where to order my Renova on the cheap. If anybody has any suggestions, please let me know!