Triluma, a combo of hydroquinone, Retin-A and a steroid was one of the first anti-aging tools I tried. I used it successfully to reduce my dark circles and was planning to keep using it, but my dermatologist Dr Marmur said that I needed to take a “Triluma Holiday”. Apparently, it cannot be used for more than three months at a time. Then the skin needs to take a rest for three months before using it again. But when I tried to refill my prescription, the product was “on back order” at every pharmacy in NYC. I began to hear from people who also reported they could not get Triluma. What happened?
There was no FDA recall and no announcement from Galderma, the manufacturer of Triluma. I kept digging and found that Galderma itself announced a recall of all its Triluma products made by a sub-contractor, Hill Dermaceuticals. Apparently, Hill reported to Galderma that one of the critical … Continue Reading… →
Before my Hydro-Facial at the office of aesthetic surgeon Dr Paul Lorenc, his technician Carissa took a series of before and after photos that were brutally honest. In the first pix, the dark spots all over most of my face were signs of sun damage below the skin. And here’s the scary part– according to their calculation I had mild-minimal damage. I’ve got to see what significant damage looks like. Note that my forehead is pretty clear of dark spots. I’ve worn full bangs for 30 years which has apparently protected the skin from sun damage. Imagine how good my skin would look with a full beard. Around my eyes you can see dark melanin pigment on the lids as well as under the eyes. Now I know what’s driving my dark circles and … Continue Reading… →
Apparently in addition to genetics, stress, age, salty foods, sunlight and skin type, allergies can also trigger dark under eye shadows. I had brought my dark circles under control with Triluma, a combo of Retin A, hydroquinone and a steroid to keep things calm. After three months of use, you could see a real change. However Triluma can only be used for three months at a time and then you need take a three month holiday before it can be used again. Its that strong.
In the meantime, I made sure to use a 20SPF sunblock under my eyes and avoided pizza and chinese food– two high salt foods– that were big dark circle triggers for me. When my three month Triluma holiday was over, I didn’t need to use it … Continue Reading… →
Looking at my facial imaging photos ( posted on Oct 8), I saw that that there were two dark patches under my eyes– also known as under eye shadows. It showed that this was not from indentation creating dark hollows, but true accumulations of sun damage and melanin. That’s the bad news. The good news? This is the job that Tri-luma was born to handle.
I had used Tri-luma last spring and was pleased with the results, but this triple powered crem cannot be used indefinately, so I had stopped using it for several months. I also realized that dealing with hyperpigmentation under the eyes is not a short term problem. The cells which produced so much melanin have a very long memory. They are born to make melanin and given the right circulstances — sun exposure and stress– the cells again fill up with dark pigment.
Right now on the newstand the models on the cover of three top magazines are over 40– Julia Roberts in Elle and the two Jennifers, Aniston and Lopez, in Glamour and Bazaar. Its not just that these women look great for 40. Ladies, this is what 40 can look like today.
And this is true despite the fact that 40’s are the start of true aging. Up to this time, beauty problems were pseudo-aging from external factors such as sun exposure, cigarettes, alcohol use, stress and diet. Now there is internal aging that affects how we look. Our skin is getting drier and losing the ability to hold onto moisture. Fat pads under the eyes are shrinking which can increase under-eye shadows. As the circulation starts to slow down, there is a decline in natural radiance. Smile lines appear when you are not smiling and squint lines frame the eye when its not sunny.
This week I had my monthly bookclub meeting which meant great conversation, a perfect brie and of course several glasses of a crisp Pinot Grigio. The next morning I was reminded what alcohol does to the skin. My under-eye circles which had nearly faded way ( thanks to Tri-luma) had now suddenly made an encore appearance. The reddish/blue shadows were a clear sign that alcohol had caused minute leaking from tiny blood vessels. under the eye. I now have to wait until the body can breakdown this hemoglobin for the color to fade. To help things along, I applied a compress of cold Lipton tea bags. The cool temperature and tannin in the black tea should shrink the swollen blood vessels– and shrunken vessels won’t leak anymore blood and fluid. Within 48 hours, the lurid color had faded a bit and I can cover it with a dab of green Dermablend cream under my regular concealer. But I know what … Continue Reading… →
Sometimes there are simple answers to complicated problems. I was bummed out that most of the improvements I had seen with Tri-luma were reversed by seasonal allergies. But yesterday I went to an allergist who gave me such a simple and effective solution– a saline nasal rinse. You simply spray a salty solution into each nostril and blow. I did it before going to sleep and by morning, the newly returned shadows were noticably lighter. I have to keep using the saline nasal spray all summer, but its wonderful to have such an easy, low-tech solution.
This just goes to my core belief that we need to get to the causes of beauty problems to really see a difference. If we don’t deal with changes in the body that are driving the problems, then attempts to fix the problem are just a frustating waste of time… and money.
Tri-luma is a cream that is a combination of Retin A, hydroquinone ( established skin lightener) and a steroid to keep things calm. It has been shown to successfully lighten unwanted dark areas on the skin– but not for everyone. When it works it can lighten under-eye shadows as well as brighten a dull patchy complexion. However it can also be irritating which may actually increase pigmentation — creating more shadows and dark patches. Definately not the result I am looking for.
My first two days on Triluma were uneventful. I followed standard Retin A protocol and waited an hour after washing my face before applying a small dab of Tri-luma under my eyes. In the morning there was no redness or irritation. I am going to take photos every week to note any changes. The … Continue Reading… →