tri-luma - what do you think??

i bought some tri-luma from the mexico site (thanks redcatwaves!) and i really like it. it doesn't smell at all. i think it's working. for those of you with a few dark marks you might want to consider it!
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Last edited by luvmylocs; 04-25-2009 at 10:05 PM.
i was reading an article from allure and it said if you have all over blotchiness (which i read to mean lots of dark marks) that you could apply a thin layer of tri-luma all over. i was always lead to believe that you only apply fade or lightening products to dark marks only.

does it make sense that it would be okay to apply tri-luma all over? i have a LOT of dark marks from my previous acne outbreak. some are bigger and some are tiny but it's so obvious when i'm not wearing any makeup.
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I used Tri-luma in the past to get rid of three hyperpigmentation marks above my lip caused by pimples. At first the product seemed to fade the marks, but then they came back darker and bigger. Now it looks like I have a mustache. I call it my scar-stache. Not cute.

Anyway, some people love that stuff, others have had rebound darkening like I've experienced. Personally, I wish I never would have used it. The marks really weren't that bad to begin with and I've only made them worse.
When RCW talked about this stuff, she said that it was okay to use all over for a period of 6-8 weeks. It's not meant for longer than that.

You can, however, use it once a week or so as a preventive measure after that and then use Retin-A or whatever on the other days.

I think that's what she says she does (RCW).
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I used Tri-luma in the past to get rid of three hyperpigmentation marks above my lip caused by pimples. At first the product seemed to fade the marks, but then they came back darker and bigger. Now it looks like I have a mustache. I call it my scar-stache. Not cute.

Anyway, some people love that stuff, others have had rebound darkening like I've experienced. Personally, I wish I never would have used it. The marks really weren't that bad to begin with and I've only made them worse.
Originally Posted by Song
interesting...did you use sunscreen? i'm diligent about that.
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I used Tri-luma in the past to get rid of three hyperpigmentation marks above my lip caused by pimples. At first the product seemed to fade the marks, but then they came back darker and bigger. Now it looks like I have a mustache. I call it my scar-stache. Not cute.

Anyway, some people love that stuff, others have had rebound darkening like I've experienced. Personally, I wish I never would have used it. The marks really weren't that bad to begin with and I've only made them worse.
Originally Posted by Song
interesting...did you use sunscreen? i'm diligent about that.
Originally Posted by luvmylocs

You absolutely have to use sun protection when using Retin-A-containing products (Tri-Luma contains Retin-A), because of the risk of sun damage. I don't use much sunscreen, but I protect my face from the sun every moment I'm outside, with hats, with finding shade, with mineral makeup which has natural sunscreen properties. I can't stress sun protection enough.
rcw...

does it make sense that it would be okay to apply tri-luma all over?
Originally Posted by luvmylocs
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rcw...

does it make sense that it would be okay to apply tri-luma all over?
Originally Posted by luvmylocs
Originally Posted by luvmylocs

I apply Tri-Luma to the lower 1/3 of my face only, because that's where I have hyperpigmentation. I do apply it to the whole area though, because it doesn't make sense to me to try to apply only to the darker areas. It works wonderfully for me, but as I said, I am very, very careful about sun exposure.

After the initial couple months of daily use, I did reduce to about once per week, as "maintenance", as someone mentioned above, but occasionally, I need to do a week or two of every day application to get back to clear. Hyperpigmentation always wants to come back, so it's a constant battle.
thanks!

one last question i checked and my tube said it expires 1/09. i've still been using it. since it's nearing the end of 4/09 should i toss it or use it up and then buy another tube?

s
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I used Tri-luma in the past to get rid of three hyperpigmentation marks above my lip caused by pimples. At first the product seemed to fade the marks, but then they came back darker and bigger. Now it looks like I have a mustache. I call it my scar-stache. Not cute.
When I saw my dermatologist, he mentioned this effect and switched me over to Azulex prescription. But to be honest I haven't been using it every day.
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thanks!

one last question i checked and my tube said it expires 1/09. i've still been using it. since it's nearing the end of 4/09 should i toss it or use it up and then buy another tube?

s
Originally Posted by luvmylocs

Personally, I would keep using it. It won't hurt you because it's expired, but it may have lost some effectiveness.
thanks!

one last question i checked and my tube said it expires 1/09. i've still been using it. since it's nearing the end of 4/09 should i toss it or use it up and then buy another tube?

s
Originally Posted by luvmylocs

Personally, I would keep using it. It won't hurt you because it's expired, but it may have lost some effectiveness.
Originally Posted by RedCatWaves
great cause that's what i've been doing!!
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Be cautious with this stuff. It made my skin puff up and turn very dark red. Maybe I'm allergic. I through out out. Never had any problem with retin-A if I don't use it too often. Good luck!
Be cautious with this stuff. It made my skin puff up and turn very dark red. Maybe I'm allergic. I through out out. Never had any problem with retin-A if I don't use it too often. Good luck!
Originally Posted by curlypearl
hmm interesting. i don't have any adverse reactions to it at all.
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Yes, I did use sunscreen faithfully, and I still got rebound darkening.

Lots of people don't have this occur, though. It happened pretty fast. If you've been using it for awhile with no problem, then probably you will be okay.
When I saw my dermatologist, he mentioned this effect and switched me over to Azulex prescription. But to be honest I haven't been using it every day.
Originally Posted by Suburbanbushbabe
sbb, i looked up azulex on webmd and it looks like it is for the treatment of acne. is this what your derm gave you to lighten hyperpigmentation? there's no mention of that on webmd.
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When I saw my dermatologist, he mentioned this effect and switched me over to Azulex prescription. But to be honest I haven't been using it every day.
Originally Posted by Suburbanbushbabe
sbb, i looked up azulex on webmd and it looks like it is for the treatment of acne. is this what your derm gave you to lighten hyperpigmentation? there's no mention of that on webmd.
Originally Posted by luvmylocs
Misspelled it. It's Azelex (azelaic acid cream 20%).
I read an interesting feature on Mandelic acid on the GOW site.

http://www.gardenofwisdom.com/mandelic.html
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Hear that crash? It's me falling off the CG wagon.
When I saw my dermatologist, he mentioned this effect and switched me over to Azulex prescription. But to be honest I haven't been using it every day.
Originally Posted by Suburbanbushbabe
sbb, i looked up azulex on webmd and it looks like it is for the treatment of acne. is this what your derm gave you to lighten hyperpigmentation? there's no mention of that on webmd.
Originally Posted by luvmylocs
Misspelled it. It's Azelex (azelaic acid cream 20%).
I read an interesting feature on Mandelic acid on the GOW site.

http://www.gardenofwisdom.com/mandelic.html
Originally Posted by Suburbanbushbabe

Everyone is different, but I generally have skin-of-iron and can withstand almost anything, but mandelic made me peel so much I could hardly stand it. It didn't seem to do anything for my hyperpigmentation either. I know some people who love mandelic for both acne and lightening.
Hi,

I used tri-luma too- I have dark spots on my forehead, upper lip, and on both cheek bones under the eye area. I got laser treatment for it about a year ago and kept out of the sun and used sun block (45 SPF) and wore a hat, but after about 2 months they just came back. I have fair-medium sensitive skin. Tri-luma did work for me after about 7 days of using nightly. I still have the tube and it expired in October 2011, but I'm going to use it again anyway since there's so much left and it's really expensive. I will post again in a few days to let you know if it's still potent enough or if there are any adverse reactions since it's expired. I recommend using Aveeno (clear complexion) face lotion with soy to even out skin tone and reduce the appearance of brown spots. It does work- but it takes about a few weeks of daily use to see results. It's also good to prevent break-outs. I highly recommend trying it as a daily moisturizer along with a sun block cream.
Hope my info. was helpful to anyone reading with similar issues!

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