How long does it take to see results from Renova and other “vitamin A cousins?”
Thank you for asking this because I think a lot of people are confused on this one. ALL skin care products are better for preventing future problems than they are at fixing existing problems. Sometimes I think it’s a problem of expectations:
Here’s what Renova/tretinoin (and other retinoids) can do:
- Give skin a little more glow (cell turnover rate)
- Make very fine, early wrinkles look better (usually)
- Help prevent wrinkles later
- Help prevent skin cancers and precancerous spots (actiinic keratoses)
- Keep pores unplugged and with more superficial types of acne (not deeper cysts)
Generally, you may need to see your dermatologist because menopausal acne is often small, deeper cysts especially around the chin and jawline and doesn’t respond all that well to Renova and other topicals. The Renova/tretinoin is good for the other reasons though. You may need a different treatment plan.
If you’ve never used retinoids before, have senstitive skin, or are outdoors a lot, start with a retinoid that’s more gentle like the SkinMedica Retinol. Once you tolerate that well, try going up to this SkinCeuticals Retinol product (stronger) and ………..then move up to the prescription strength.
Hope this helps, Dr. I