Tri Luma Usage Making Melasma Darker?
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Hydroquinone is NOT for everybody.
Irritation - easy fix.
Stop this for a few days, the ingredients of HQ and vitamin A can irritate your skin. See your specialist for suggestions, including dilution of Triluma with bland emollient, short course of topical CS, or addition of other lasers and devices. See video to guide you. Dr Davin Lim. Brisbane. Australia.
Darkening after starting TriLuma
Thank you for your question texasbling. Melasma is a common condition characterized by dark patches on the skin. TriLuma is a great product to treat melisma. It contains hydroquinone, retinoic acid, and a steroid. Pigment from melasma can be in different layers of the skin. When it is in the surface layers it appears darker and when it is in the deeper layers it appears lighter. TriLuma and similar products can bring the pigment to the surface, making it appear darker. There can also be some irritation with use of these products. When my patients have irritation form such products I recommend backing off and using them less frequently and using less of it. The skin will slowly adjust and most patients will gradually be able to use it every day. Other options such as kojic acid, alpha-arbutin, and vitamin C are alternatives for those intolerant to hydroquinone. Please contact your doctor for specific recommendations. Good luck!
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