1. Can I use Tri-luma on my chest?
In theory, yes but its not going to be that effective. A chest with lots of freckles and age spots will need more help than Tri-lima can provide. Once areas of hyperpigmentation become raised and lumpy, you’re going to need some kind of laser or IPL to deal with them.
2. Can I use Tri-luma and Retin A together ?
It depends. Tri-luma already contains Retin A to increase cell turnover, hydroquinone to break down and discourage pigment formation and a steroid to keep down inflammation. If you are using Tri-luma under your eyes, you can then apply Retin A to the other facial areas. If you have areas of discoloration on your cheeks and forehead, you can use Tri-luma on these areas, but not at the same time you are using Retin A. It won’t do a better job and will make you skin terribly irritated.
3. Can Tri-luma make your skin worse?
Sad but true. For some skin types, Tri-luma may cause irritation that will actually trigger pigment formation. Women of color are especially at risk ( including Hispanic, Asian, Indian and African American skin) and may show a darkening of the areas treated with Tri-luma. This is why you need to be under the supervision of dermtologist when using Tri-luma to spot signs of trouble before they can develop into new dark patches.
4. How long can I use Tri-luma?
Unlike Retin A which can be used for years, Tri-luma cannot be used for more than 3 consecutive months. Then you need to take a “Tri-luma holiday” for the next three months before using it again.
5. Should I put an eye cream over Tri-luma?
After you put Tri-luma under your eyes at night you can top it with a little dab of a very mild formulation to lessen irritation. Look for an eye cream without alpha hydroxy acids, vitamin C and retinols– all good ingredients, but they can be too irritating when using Tri-luma. During the day, you don’t use Tri-luma, but you should use an eye cream with a sunscreen to protect the skin from UV damage.
All these does and don’t kind of take the fun out anti-aging, but Tri-luma is not as easy to use as Retin A. It can deliever some very nice results, but its a high maintenance remedy. It did a great job on my dark blue/grey under eye shadows, but they crept back when I had to go on my Tri-luma hiatus. I’m glad to be using it again, and I see results after only a week. Let me know if you have additional Triluma issues.