These are general instructions for the use of Retin-A & Renova. Additional individual instructions may also be given.
It is important to maintain a regular program of skin care. Cleanse your face once or twice daily twice daily with non-soap, non-alcohol based products. This is best done at the end of the day to remove make-up and prepare your skin for Retin-A/Renova or a night moisturizer.

  1. Retin-A/ Renova should be applied at night.
  2. After cleansing your face, let it dry for 15-20 minutes before applying the Retin-A/Renova.
  3. Initially you may be instructed to apply Retin-A/Renova every other night for the first two weeks. On the alternate night you are to apply a night moisturizer. Use of an eye cream is also advisable.
  4. In the morning, splash your face with tepid water, and apply a non-alcohol pH balanced toner. Then apply moisturizer, and eye and lip cream. It is also advisable to use a SPF 30 sunscreen. Avoid direct sunlight whenever possible. You will be more susceptible to sun damage and burning. Also protect your face with a hat or visor.
  5. After a few days of use, your face may feel a little sensitive; always treat it gently.
  6. You may notice dry patches occurring at the corners of your nose and mouth. If this happens, apply a small amount of moisturizer to these areas when using the Retin-A/Renova.
  7. After two weeks you may increase applications to every night if your skin seems to be tolerating the Retin-A/Renova. If scaling occurs, skip one or more nights. Some patients require less frequent applications.
  8. Do not use other preparations, such as peeling agents, unless so instructed by Dr. Gold.
  9. Do not use on open wounds or directly around the eyes.
  10. It will take time to see improvement. If you have any questions, please call our office.

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