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Anyone here used/uses Tri-Luma?

Started 1263187729 in Beauty Banter | Last reply 1263408585 by BESwede
Is it good for fading pigmentation?
How long do u need to use it before u see results? What kind of results did u get?
How long does 1 tube last?
TIA.

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ElvisShops12631911354694 PostsRegistered 1/28/2007
Hi. As you might know because I respond to so many of these melasma posts, I have had only fair results with hydroquinone. I must be a medical freak. LOL. I've used lots of rx 4% hyroquinone products, including Tri-Luma. Obagi Clear works better for me, though the results with it are not fabulous either. :-(
It does take weeks to months to get a result. Lots of people report the complete disappearance of their spots/patches. I think mine are about 50% better after a year of Obagi. I have been trying to get rid of this stuff on my cheekbones and chin for about 3 years. I've done laser, IPL, OTC items. That said, [u]most[/u] people seem to have very good results with hydroquinone, and Tri-luma is probably the best of the rx products.
A tube will last several months, and you may see some fading in 4 to 6 weeks. I'm sure you know to do so, but wear sunblock, else you will undo anything the Tri-Luma does for you.
Good luck. :-)

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springers12631937416794 PostsRegistered 8/27/2008so cal
I have used it and have had complete fading. So much so that I don't need it anymore, but then if I wasn't careful with using SPF they reappear in the exact spots.
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PerriTwin112631941384770 PostsRegistered 11/19/2006
Hi ElvisShops,
Thanks for responding to my post and questions.
I have been using hydroquinone on and off for a few months and it does work to some extent. I have seen fading and would like to continue using it. I usually use it with Retin A.
However, I read a article posted here - the one abt 5 skincare mistakes that we make - and it says that we should not mix hydroquinone and Retin A together by ourselves cos only those premixed creams like Tri-Luma work. That's why I started thinking maybe I should use Tri-Luma instead... But it is much more expensive for me than buying Retin A and Hydroquinone separately. So, I am wondering whether it is worth the extra expense to get Tri-Luma.
Yes, I use a lot of sunscreen. :)

PerriTwin112631942674770 PostsRegistered 11/19/2006
> I have used it and have had complete fading. So much
> so that I don't need it anymore, but then if I wasn't
> careful with using SPF they reappear in the exact
> spots.
>
> --
> He shall direct your path
Hi Springers,
How long did it take to get complete fading, and how many tubes did u have to use b/4 it happened.
Do u have to continue using it for maintenance or you can stop using it once the spots are completely faded?
Do u use it only on the spots or do u use full face? TIA.

Keli1312632058007516 PostsRegistered 1/24/2006
My derm prescribed Triluma for me a few years ago and yes it did fade my discoloration but it did not take it away completely.
I've had the same experience as Elvisshops. Obagi worked better for me. But that's my skin.
I have known other ladies that had great success with Triluma.
Sounds like you'll need to start over again and this time be diligent with your sunscreen. Maybe you'll have to use a hydroquinone product on a maintenance basis a few times a week after you get rid of your spots again to keep your skin clear.
I have a friend who needs to do that.

Keli1312632063297516 PostsRegistered 1/24/2006
> Hi ElvisShops,
>
> Thanks for responding to my post and questions.
>
> I have been using hydroquinone on and off for a few
> months and it does work to some extent. I have seen
> fading and would like to continue using it. I usually
> use it with Retin A.
>
> However, I read a article posted here - the one abt 5
> skincare mistakes that we make - and it says that we
> should not mix hydroquinone and Retin A together by
> ourselves cos only those premixed creams like
> Tri-Luma work. That's why I started thinking maybe I
> should use Tri-Luma instead... But it is much more
> expensive for me than buying Retin A and Hydroquinone
> separately. So, I am wondering whether it is worth
> the extra expense to get Tri-Luma.
>
> Yes, I use a lot of sunscreen. :)
I've never heard that. The whole Obagi skin care regimen from Dr Obagi is based on mixing Hydroquinone and Retin-A at night. That's what the Blender is for, mixing with Retin-A in your hand and then applying. It's not necessary though. Many just apply their hydroquinone first and then their Retin-A on top. It works either way. This way you can just use the Obagi Clear twice a day and put Retin-A on top instead of using the Blender too.
Many dermatologists sell the Obagi regimen in their offices.
You should do whatever you feel is best for your skin though. If premixed makes you feel comfortable than thats what you should use.

PerriTwin112632355664770 PostsRegistered 11/19/2006
> > Hi ElvisShops,
> >
> > Thanks for responding to my post and questions.
> >
> > I have been using hydroquinone on and off for a
> few
> > months and it does work to some extent. I have
> seen
> > fading and would like to continue using it. I
> usually
> > use it with Retin A.
> >
> > However, I read a article posted here - the one
> abt 5
> > skincare mistakes that we make - and it says
> that we
> > should not mix hydroquinone and Retin A together
> by
> > ourselves cos only those premixed creams like
> > Tri-Luma work. That's why I started thinking
> maybe I
> > should use Tri-Luma instead... But it is much
> more
> > expensive for me than buying Retin A and
> Hydroquinone
> > separately. So, I am wondering whether it is
> worth
> > the extra expense to get Tri-Luma.
> >
> > Yes, I use a lot of sunscreen. :)
>
> I've never heard that. The whole Obagi skin care
> regimen from Dr Obagi is based on mixing
> Hydroquinone and Retin-A at night. That's what the
> Blender is for, mixing with Retin-A in your hand and
> then applying. It's not necessary though. Many just
> apply their hydroquinone first and then their Retin-A
> on top. It works either way. This way you can just
> use the Obagi Clear twice a day and put Retin-A on
> top instead of using the Blender too.
>
> Many dermatologists sell the Obagi regimen in their
> offices.
>
> You should do whatever you feel is best for your skin
> though. If premixed makes you feel comfortable than
> thats what you should use.
Hi Keli13,
Thanks for your reply.
Here's the article that was posted on another thread: [url http://health.yahoo.com/experts/skintype/15491/5-skincare-mistakes-that-will-make-you-look-older/][/url]
- By Leslie Baumann, M.D. - Posted on Wed, Jan 06, 2010, 1:58 pm PST
5. Mixing the wrong ingredients
Some ingredients are not compatible. For example, neither retinoids nor hydroquinone should be used in combination with glycolic acid, which renders them inactive. And you can only use hydroquinone and retinoids together if they're in a specially formulated product like Tri-Luma. All of these ingredients fight signs of aging and sun damage--but you have to use them correctly to get results.
Is Leslie Baumann, M.D. credible?

cassiem12632363386849 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004
> 5. Mixing the wrong ingredients
> Some ingredients are not compatible. For example,
> neither retinoids nor hydroquinone should be used in
> combination with glycolic acid, which renders them
> inactive. And you can only use hydroquinone and
> retinoids together if they're in a specially
> formulated product like Tri-Luma.
All of these
> ingredients fight signs of aging and sun damage--but
> you have to use them correctly to get results.
>
> Is Leslie Baumann, M.D. credible?
Yes, Dr. Baumann is credible. However, she doesn't say that Triluma is the only product that can be used, she just said that the two ingredients could be mixed if they were specially formulated to work together and gave TriLuma as an example. Obagi Blender is specifically formulated to be used with retin-a. It's the right pH level, plus it is gentler to minimize irritation.

BESwede12632405336218 PostsRegistered 6/4/2007Colorado
I just began using Tri-Luma again after using it a couple years
ago with good results. I used it for six months at that time and
it did noticably improve discoloration on both sides of my face
however I didnt use sunblock as diligently as needed and I did
get some back. Mine is likely both due to sun damage and the
hormones in birth control pills. I saw my dermatologist in Oct and got a new RX plus sample kit and I started using it on Sat.
Before using it I cleanse with Cetaphil as suggested then apply
a very small amount to both sides of my face. I don't apply it in
my t-zone area or forehead. My forehead feels dry so I apply a
bit of light moisturizer there and my normal eye cream. You
aren't to use anything else over Tri-Luma.
As I recall I began to see a gradual lightening after after a few
weeks and considerable improvement after about 4months. I
think I used two tubes for six months, applied nightly.
My Dr doesn't sell Obaji but is familiar with it. He suggests use
of Tri-Luma instead since it contains not only the Hydroquinone
but also the Retinol ingredient as well as another which is in it
to reduce inflammation or any irritation or redness. He also has
said he sees better results with Tri-Luma used just once a day
than Obaji which has to be used morning and night.
When I compare the costs of Clear and/or Blender plus using
the Obaji retinol versus Tri-Luma there was not much savings
so I decided to stick with Tri-Luma.
Hope it will work well for you !
46, very fair, blonde, green eyes, cool "summer" coloring
combination, sensitive skin. Vegetarian

PerriTwin112632408794770 PostsRegistered 11/19/2006
> > 5. Mixing the wrong ingredients
> > Some ingredients are not compatible. For
> example,
> > neither retinoids nor hydroquinone should be
> used in
> > combination with glycolic acid, which renders
> them
> > inactive. And you can only use hydroquinone
> and
> > retinoids together if they're in a specially
> > formulated product like Tri-Luma.
All of
> these
> > ingredients fight signs of aging and sun
> damage--but
> > you have to use them correctly to get results.
> >
> > Is Leslie Baumann, M.D. credible?
>
> Yes, Dr. Baumann is credible. However, she doesn't
> say that Triluma is the only product that can be
> used, she just said that the two ingredients could be
> mixed if they were specially formulated to work
> together and gave TriLuma as an example. Obagi
> Blender is specifically formulated to be used with
> retin-a. It's the right pH level, plus it is gentler
> to minimize irritation.
Yes, I know that Obagi Blender is specially formulated to mix with Retin A. But how abt products like Obagi Clear which is just Hydroquinone, and I guess not formulated specially to mix with Retin A (otherwise, why does Obagi sell both products?) so, my question is about products like Obagi Clear ... I have a product that is with hydroquinone 4%... Does using products like that with Retin A compromise the results like what Dr. Leslie Baumann say?

PerriTwin112632411544770 PostsRegistered 11/19/2006
Thanks for sharing your experience, BESwede!

Shelbelle126324862535104 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004
I used plain 4% Hydroquinone RX for fading, did a great job!!!

cassiem12633247016849 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004
> Yes, I know that Obagi Blender is specially
> formulated to mix with Retin A. But how abt products
> like Obagi Clear which is just Hydroquinone, and I
> guess not formulated specially to mix with Retin A
> (otherwise, why does Obagi sell both products?) so,
> my question is about products like Obagi Clear ... I
> have a product that is with hydroquinone 4%... Does
> using products like that with Retin A compromise the
> results like what Dr. Leslie Baumann say?
It could.

BESwede12634085856218 PostsRegistered 6/4/2007Colorado
For anyone considering Tri-Luma just wanted to pass on a good deal I found when filling my new RX this week.
I checked all over for the best price since this not a RX that my insurance will pay for and found the lowest cost was at
Walmart for $188.00. I then went on the TriLuma.com site
and printed off a coupon they have for $40 off. When I used
it at Walmart it actually took $60 off the price so I got the RX
for $128.00.
This is lower than anywhere else I found including Canadian
pharmacies and no shipping or waiting for it since it's local.
The coupon can be used for the intial RX and up to two more
refills. At this price it is less expensive than buying Obaji Clear
and/or Blender or Retin-A.
46, very fair, blonde, green eyes, cool "summer" coloring
combination, sensitive skin. Vegetarian

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