My doctor prescribed Tri-luma instead of Retin-a for anti-aging. Will this make me pale and will I still be able to tan (in the sun or with sunless tanner)? I am light tan in color, but I don't want to bleach my whole face. I was reading that this is only prescribed to treat melasma, which I do not have. Also, can I still do self-tanner in the morning or will the Tri-luma prevent my skin from tanning? He said to apply a very thin layer over my entire face.
Tri-luma for Anti-aging?
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Triluma Not for Extended Periods
Due to the steroid component, Triluma is not recommended to be used continuously for longer than 8 weeks> After that time, the skin should take a brief vacation (holiday). This is because the skin corticosteroids have the potential to thin the skin, although the steroid in Triluma is quite mild.
Triluma does have tretinoin in it, the same ingredient as Retin A, but in my view, if you are looking toward an anti-aging topical, why not use pure tretinoin? If you have uneven pigment, then Triluma might be a consideration.
I concur with Dr. Chen that it will not do much for under eye discoloration.
Triluma better than Retin A
If you have dark circles under your eyes or darker skin patches then certainly Triluma is better than Retin A. You will not look pale from Triluma and will not lose your ability to tan. If you are a female then remember you should not get pregnant while on these products Retin A or Triluma.
Tri-Luma contains 3 primary components: hydroquinone, tretinoin and a mild cortisone. I agree with Dr. Coleman that because of the mild cortisone, it should not be used indefinitely. Furthermore, am not sure the undereye dark circles would benefit much from Tri-Luma.
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Tri-Luma is indicated for excess pigmentation
Tri-Luma is indicated for excess pigmentation. It contains a retinoid, a cousin of Retin A, so it will help with aging changes. The problem is that it also contains a cortisone compound which cannot be used indefinitely on the face. If you are happy with your pigmentation, Retin A may be the more prudent approach.
Triluma is an option
Triluma is often prescribed "off-label" for irregular pigmentation that is the result of photoaging and tanning. It does have a retinoid, tretinoin, as well as a bleaching agent and an mild cortisone to prevent irritation. It is the cortisone product that causes us to recommend Triluma for 6 months or less. What I do not understand is why you WANT to tan your face. If you want an anti-aging program, it must begin with cessation of tanning.
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