Question: If I can’t use Retin A ( aka retinoid) on my eyes, what can I use?
Answer: I answer every email that I get at No-Nonsense Beauty Blog, but this one is so relevant for all of us, I wanted to put it in my Q& A. While its true that you can’t use straight retinoids around the eyes, a combination product of retinoids, a steroid and hydroquinone known as Triluma can deliver anti-aging benefits. Triluma’s claim to fame is its ability to erase dark spots and patches, but the retinoids also may build collagen and reduce wrinkling. For reasons that are not clear, Triluma is no longer available commercially, but a full-service pharmacy can compound it specially for you. I did just that and uploaded up post about the process on March 28, 2012.
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… →
After the “Boob Job in a Box” fiasco, I have given up on over the counter remedies for dark undereye circles. I decided crank up my strategy with a cream called Tri-luma. Available only by prescription it is a combintion of Retin A, hydroquinone which is known to lighten skin and a steroid to control inflammation from these two heavy hitters. Unfortunately it carries a hefty price tag of almost $300/30grams ( about one ounce). Since I don’t know if it will actually work for me, that’s a big investment for a ‘maybe’.
To get a better price, I went online to order Tri-luma from an online Canadian pharmacy. It looked so easy online, but getting my hands on a tube of Tri-luma was harder than I expected. Despite listing Tri-luma on their websites, most pharmacies did not actually sell Tri-luma or were indefinately out of stock. None took … Continue Reading… →