Compare Renova vs. Minocycline

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Renova (Tretinoin)

Prescription only

Solodyn (Minocycline)

Prescription only
Treats acne and sun damage.

Renova (Tretinoin) isn't a cure for fine lines and wrinkles, but it's clinically proven to improve them.

4.2/ 7 average rating with 58 reviewsforRenova
Treats bacterial infections.

Solodyn (Minocycline) is an effective way to treat certain skin infections, acne, and rosacea, but you'll need to use barrier methods of birth control since it can make birth control pills less effective and cause birth defects.

5.5/ 7 average rating with 17 reviewsforMinocycline
Upsides
  • You only need to apply it once a day, usually in the evening.
  • Most people who reported having skin irritation said that it was mild.
  • Part of a complete program to help you take better care of your skin.
  • Clinical studies show it's effective against MRSA, a common skin infection, and it's commonly used to treat acne and rosacea.
  • Available as a generic, so it should be reasonably priced.
  • Solodyn (Minocycline) is less likely to cause sunburn than other tetracycline antibiotics.
  • Bacteria are less likely to become resistant to Solodyn (Minocycline) than other tetracycline antibiotics.
Downsides
  • It may take up to 6 months to see the full benefit for facial wrinkles.
  • Not a good choice for women who want to become or are pregnant
  • Can change the color and texture of your skin if used long-term.
  • You need to be careful about avoiding any sunlight or artificial tanning while using it.
  • It doesn't work for deep wrinkles.
  • It can make birth control pills less effective, so people should use barrier methods of birth control like condoms or diaphragms while on Solodyn (Minocycline).
  • Can stain your teeth, mouth, and gums if you're using the tablets, or your skin if you're using the topical version, but this is temporary.
Used for
Dosage forms
  • Cream, gel, or ointment
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Extended release capsule
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Reviews
58 
41%
think this treatment is worth it
28%
think this treatment works well
28%
think this treatment is a hassle

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17 
53%
think this treatment is worth it
59%
think this treatment works well
18%
think this treatment is a hassle

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Side effects
4possible side effects
  • Mild skin reactions
    100%
  • Severe local irritation
    7%
  • Any side effect
    4%
  • Skin hypo- or hyperpigmentation
    2%
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The Solodyn (Minocycline) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and warnings
  • Skin irritation

    Using other medicines or products that irritate the skin

    ...and 2 more risk factors

  • Allergic reactions

    Allergy to fish or fish products

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  • Changes in teeth

    Age 8 years or younger

  • Decreased effectiveness of birth control pills

    Using oral birth control pills

  • Diarrhea from a superinfection (an infection that happens after, or in addition to, an earlier infection)

    Long antibiotic treatment period

  • Harm to fetus

    Women of childbearing age

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