I have been using Tri-luma about 3X a week since the middle of May. As you can see from the photos, there is a real difference in the before and after photos. Before Tri- luma I had two types of shadows– greyish blue shadows and reddish areas.
After about a month I was really happy to see the greyish blue circles had faded away and the reddish tones were much lighter and easily hidden by a dab of concealer. Then just as I was about to proudly take some “after” photos, a bad allergy season hit and the dark circles made an encore appearance. The allergy congestion caused the tiny blood vessels under the eyes to leak, producing more reddish- blue shadows. After a trunkful of allergy sprays, pills, and rinses, the allergies cleared up along with the dark undereye circles.I was about to take some photos to secure my under eye circles bragging rights when the morning after a ” wild” book club I could see the reddish circles were back. –more leakage from tiny under-eye blood vessels.
With the allergies under control and no more book club meetings until the fall, my undereye circles stayed away long enough to take this after photo. So what did I learn? I can see certain improvement after four weeks on Tri-luma — the trick is holding on to these improvements.
I suspect that the greyish bluish circles were melanin deposits. Tri-luma breaks down and prevents new melanin formation. I helped things along there by diligently applying an eye area concealer with 25SPF to discourage sun-induced melanin. The reddish blue areas were signs of leakage from tiny bloodvessels in the area. While Tri-luma did seem to breakdown the hemoglobin causing the discoloration, the underlying conditions which caused the problems, were not always under my control. Allergies, alcohol, stress, and even chinese food and the reddish circles came back.
Fillers like Juvederm can be injected into my under eye areas to both fill in the hollows and create a barrier between blood vessels and the paper thin under eye skin. This means the leakage from tiny vessels will just not be visable. I’m not sure I’m going to take this step, but its nice to know the option is there.
I’m planning to keep using Tri-luma 2- 3X a week to keep shadows at bay. According to package guidelines, Tri-luma is not a maintenance product like Retin A. I’d like to keep using it, but I need to OK this with my dermatologist.
Tri-luma worked nicely for me, but it may not be for eyeryone. In some people, there can be a darkening of the skin, the opposite of what you’re looking for. If you use Tri-luma under doctor’s supervision, you’ll be fine. Since its available only by prescription, you really don’t have much choice.
I’d really like to hear about your experience with Tri-luma Did it work? How long did you use it?