A Recommendation With Reservations

My skin was my biggest beauty dilemma last year. Repeated series of breakouts led me to seek acne medication and left me with some depressing hyperpigmentation. Post-acne skin discoloration is an issue that I think primarily affects women of color, and in 2006 it became my plague. Inevitably after I have a breakout – especially if it’s the kind of zit that I can’t resist popping myself – I wind up with a dark spot on my face.

It got to the point where I didn’t leave the house without a mask of concealer and mineral powder in place. When I got to Trinidad, Mama Bella suggested Tri-Luma.

I first mentioned this over-the-counter ointment when I interviewed her, and she uses it every day to combat her melasma.

Could it possibly work for my spotty face?

Could I mentally reconcile buying another tube of fade cream, having read and written about what these products are doing to chronic users in other, less-informed countries?

Did using Tri-Luma make me a hypocrite, for promoting a proudly black-is-beautiful skin aesthetic, while applying a product designed to fade my own skin?

I thought long and hard about all of that before using Tri-Luma.

I do oppose the all-over concept of skin bleach, and I’m saddened by women and men who apply ointments all over their bodies in order to somehow become what they naturally aren’t. However, I don’t think using a fade cream to reduce the embarrassing effects of melasma or hyperpigmentation makes you a bad person, or means you’re struggling with self-acceptance.
I can’t begin to tell you how many Ask Afrobella questions I have gotten about hyperpigmentation issues, ranging from the typically distressing back-of-the-neck darkness, to readers afflicted with hairless mexistaches and unfortunate birthmarks.

I haven’t been able to answer these questions, and I am actively looking for a Miami-area ethnic dermatologist who can. So I figured I should give Tri-Luma a try to alleviate my own problems, and to be able to somehow answer these pressing, advanced Ask Afrobella questions. I’m your guinea-pig, bellas!
I used some of my mom’s tube for two nights, taking care to wash my face completely clean of makeup at night and then applying a thin layer of Tri-Luma to my “affected area,” i.e the right side of my face, both cheeks, and the lower part of my chin. The difference was noticeable by the second day! Seriously, my marks had effectively faded. Not completely, but at least 60%. My face had a brighter glow to it.

By the third night, I was convinced. I could tell that the cream was definitely not for sensitive skin – my face definitely felt increasingly sensitive by the second day. But I was already mentally writing this Afrobella post in my head – with the title “The Best Fade Cream in the West,” or something like that.

At Mama Bella’s behest and against the husband’s wishes, I bought my own Tri-Luma from a friendly neighborhood pharmacist. A 15 gram tube cost me close to $100! I was like whatever, my skin looks amazing. But I started to notice some side-effects.

Like I said, my skin felt more sensitive and I definitely noticed a drying effect. I had two large, painful zits coming up under the surface on my chin, and they rapidly dried up into flaky patches. When I used a tiny mirror to check my appearance on the plane ride back, my whole chin was peeling like I had a bad sunburn. I immediately asked Mama Bella what the deal was.

“You just need a good face scrub,” she said. So I used my facewash du jour (which warrants a lengthy upcoming review) and used good old Pond’s Cold Cream to give my drying skin some much needed moisture. Then I decided to do some additional research on this Tri-Luma stuff that I’d just spent so much money on.

First of all, Tri-Luma is apparently only available with a prescription in the States, and it is the only fade cream currently approved by the FDA. The FDA now labels hydroquinone a carcinogen, and is considering a ban on most products made with the stuff. Pregnant women are not advised to use Tri-Luma, or any other skin-bleaching product.

However, apparently Tri-Luma passed the more rigorous NDA safety tests. Heck, the cream even got a special shout-out on Oprah, which is as good a seal-of-approval as any in my book.

Secondly, some doctors don’t prescribe Tri-Luma because it contains a small percentage of a steroid that can cause some truly freaky side-effects like skin atrophy, folliculitis, and um, hypertrichosis, which is better known as Werewolf syndrome.

WTF?? My mom uses this stuff every day. I don’t want Mama Bella to turn into a werewolf! The last thing I would want is to recommend this product on my site, then have some pissed-off former Afrobella readers come after me by the light of the moon.

I haven’t used Tri-Luma for the past three days, and my skin is still pretty dry and flaky. I used a good, thick moisturizer today and my dark marks are hardly as noticeable as they used to be.
So overall, I’d recommend Tri-Luma with extreme reservations. If you have sensitive skin, or mild facial hyperpigmentation – steer clear. Get a good foundation or some Ambi instead.

I certainly don’t plan to use this stuff daily. At most, I’ll use this stuff on a weekly basis until my marks are completely gone, and I’m going to have a long talk with Mama Bella about her usage tomorrow.

But if you’re at the end of your rope with the marks on your face, then the very least you can do is set up an appointment with your local dermatologist to talk about possible solutions to your skin-care problems. And while you’re there, ask them what their views are on Tri-Luma, or if they have any free samples they can offer you. That’s my two cents and I hope it helps.

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Comments

  1. Natural Sista says:

    Wow…
    Bella, what is your opinion on chemical peels? I have hyperpigmentation on both sides of my cheeks and I have been looking for something to help reduce the appearance of the marks. I have read some blogs that warn people of color to be careful of the types of chemical peels because it could permanently discolor your skin. I live in NYC and it is so hard to find a trustworthy dermatologist who knows how to treat people of color skin without selling me products just so that they can get a cut of the profits.

    Any thoughts would be greatly appreciate bella :)…

    *btw* Congrats on your promotion…!

  2. Black Honey says:

    My dermatologist (a African American) prescribed Lustra a couple of years ago for discolorations (with strict instructions to only use it on discolored spots using a Q-tip to apply). To this day, if I have a dark mark that develops post pimple, I drab Lustra only on that spot, lather on sunscreen and use my Retin A every other night. The spot will fade in 2 weeks. It’s a emergency treatment and shouldn’t be used daily.

    She also suggested a course of microdermabrasion or a chemical peel to further blend any discolorations. At $100 a pop (that’s not covered by my insurance), 6 treatments of microderm wasn’t and isn’t in the budget, but I can see how it would be preferable for someone with a face full tiny dark marks. I think it would very hard to dab Lustra or Tri-Luma all over your face twice a day.

    As for the darkening seen on the necks, knees and elbows of black folks, isn’t that just brown skin. The only black people I’ve ever seen who didn’t have a little darkening on there knees or necks were those people who are Alex Wek dark and those of majority mixed ancestry. I don’t know how many young women I seen scrub the backs of their necks and knees with rubbing alcohol and Clorox bleach in an effort to mix there skin tone. I don’t think it can be fixed.

  3. My dermatologist ( a Caucasian) presecribed retin-A microgel for me and it cleared up my acne AND faded dark spots. Because it is drying I experienced peeling just like you described and he told me to use neutrogena fresh foaming cleanser, and their oil free moisturizer. It worked wonders! He also said to definitely not use a scrub.
    I used to use Ambi on my kness and elbows for years and I agree with black honey, “isn’t that just brown skin?”
    When I was a freshman in high school(back in 1983!), I asked my history teacher why Elizabeth Taylor played Cleopatra and she said that Africans used “berries and spices to bleach their skin” WOW.

  4. I too have dark patches on both sides of my cheek. I recently purchased Ambi in an effort to have even skin tone on my face. If this Ambi cream doesn’t work then I will most certainly go to a dermatologist. I can’t have my face all discolored!

  5. Hey Natural Sista! I’ve never had a peel myself, but maybe a decade ago, my mom had a series of glycolic peels that seemed to work kind of at the time. Over the long run, I’m not sure what her thoughts would be. I’ll ask when I call her today.

    Black Honey, I know the back of my neck grew increasingly darker throughout my teenaged years. That’s when my mom’s exhortations to “make sure the back of my neck was clean” began. She is EXTREMELY fastidious about hers and uses rubbing alcohol to wipe it clean. But my sister, who has skin the color of extremely milky tea, has the same back-of-the-neck issues that I struggle with, and it’s more noticeable on her because of her overall skin color. I’d love to ask a dermatologist about this, or at least Tyra Banks. Do black celebs get their necks and elbows bleached? Or at least airbrushed?

  6. I’m one of those who get dark marks if you look at me cross-eyed. So I finally went to the dermatologist who prescribed Retin A and Obagi Nu-Derm blender (a 4% hydroquinone product). I’m at ~8 weeks and my face looks so much better. You might look into that.

  7. i used Matty’s European Skincare/Skin Prep Cleanser to clear up my knees,elbows and neck, (also used by Halle Berry). Black Opal’s Advanced Dual Complex Fade Gel, was my leave on treatment followed by Embryolisse /Lait- Creme (a Pat McGrath fav). for me the key has been fade and hydrate equal even tone skin. there are some great body lotions that help achieve even skin tone, DDF/Glycolic Body Lotion and MAMA Lotion are good ones to try. for a natural approach you can try lemons, they are great for knees and elbows may be too strong for the face. Hemp oil is also great for hydration, used internal or external the results are great. now as far as celebrities i know that many use body makeup usually MAC. Beyonce’s crew uses MAC face and body foundation mixed with iridescent powder (Golden Bronze). for the Victoria’s Secret the mixture is a little different, they use Johnson&Johnson Creamy baby oil mixed with the Golden Bronze Powder.

  8. Hey Coffy! You always come through with the best tips! I’ve heard so much good stuff about hemp oil, but I can’t manage to find any in stores. Where’d you get yours? I’m contemplating Urban Decay’s Big Fatty mascara, because it includes hemp oil. Any thoughts?

  9. Wow, the stuff I learn here, and where did you find that pic? An Afrobella werewolf? I’ve had good luck with Obagi. The only problem is my skin–it keeps breaking out. I’m contemplating getting the blue peel this summer.

  10. Bella–I love your blog! Thanks for continuous stream of great info! Just wanted to share my experience with Tri-Luma. I’ve used the cream to fade hyperpigmentation in the past, and here’s what my derm advised:

    *Eight week course of treatment. My derm says that because of the steroid, going beyond eight weeks will cause skin thinning and all of the other strange effects Afrobella notes in her post.

    *If the pigmentation isn’t totally gone at eight weeks, it’s fine to do another course, but only after a long break–say eight weeks of Tri-Luma, two month break, then another eight weeks of Tri-Luma. Still, she said that if at all possible she’d like me to limit my use to one course of treatment each year.

    *As with Retin-A, I was told to work up to every day applications. Starting off with every two days, then every other day, and eventually using Tri-Luma every day is the est way to minimize peeling, the doc says.

    I’m no expert, and my derm’s advice is no better than anyone else’s derm, but wanted to pass along some of the warnings I’ve gotten about this medication.

  11. i am hooked on hemp oil, i looked on Amazon for my hemp oil the brand i bought is called Nature’s Way. my skin looked great after a week of taking the oil. some add it to their conditioners and leave in products. i am currently looking for other sources to purchase from.

  12. the mascara sounds great and probably won’t have clumps,and be easy to remove. Bella, hemp oil is my new thang, and i think permanent. omega three never really did anything for me so when i heard about hemp i was really excited. i want to start incorporating more essential oils in my routine. they are more affordable and that leaves more money for Sephora.

  13. I swear by CD’s Scar Butter for my dark marks. It’s the only thing I know of that works without hydroquinone. =o)

  14. My derm told me about microdermabrasion & also a series of light treatments to fade the skin – the only hitch is that the treatments he suggested are ecruciatingly expensive. (~$3500 in total over about a year period) but the key is you can’t have used chemical for at least 12 months. I was interested at first but then he said he couldn’t tell how many treatments i’d need…
    I was going to start saving for it but after your comments i might consider using retin A (my step mom who is chemist suggested it but i have to find out if i can get it here in the UK)…

  15. Lately I’ve been using the new Coaco Butter Vaseline Intesive Care lotion on my face after washing with the Ambi black soap bar. My skin is clear and glowing. I haven’t had any breakouts. I think I may have found a winning combination of skin care for the winter.

  16. Currently waiting on box of following cream below as I have a few dark spots on face I’d like to get rid of. Will be sure to report back on effectiveness. According to information on website, I should see results in 2 weeks.

    Meladerm® Pigment Reducing Complex
    1.7 oz Cream

    http://www.civantskincare.com/products.html

  17. I recently discovered your site and, like the others, I am a huge fan. This particular discussion really hits home for me because my skin over the last three years has decided to have a mind of its own (and not in a good way).

    I found this article that I thought might be of interest.

    http://www.cnn.com/2006/HEALTH/12/22/ethnic.skin.ap/index.html

    Also, Ms. Bella I did some research and found that there is an ethnic skincare person in your area — Dr. Heather Woolery-Lloyd, director of ethnic skin care at the University of Miami Cosmetic Center –maybe she would grant you an interview that you could share with us?

    She is mentioned in the article link above.

    Looking forward to visiting with you again.

  18. Thanks, Yaya!! I will definitely try to set up an interview with Dr. Woolery-Lloyd. I hope she can enlighten us all.

    FYI, if you’ve posted a comment and it doesn’t appear right away, it’s probably because you’ve included a link and my spam filter has trapped it. I go through the spam filter every day to release pertinent comments. So keep commenting and adding to the discourse, bellas! I love it.

  19. I also have suffered recently from breakouts resulting in dark marks. Over the last three months, I have done three microdermabrasions and they are fabolous for getting the top layers of damaged skin off. It has taken a while but my skin is almost the same color. I have continued to use 4% hydroquinone on the spots and recently I stumbled across this great product, DAGGETT & RAMSDELL SKIN LIGHTENING SERUM. It only uses natural oils, like sweet almond oil, rose hips oil, nutmeg oil, lemon oil, etc……You put it on at night and penetrates deeply into the scar…..I will fade scars in two weeks!!!

  20. Thanks for posting about your experience with TriLuma. I went to see a dermatolgist(Caucasian) last year and she recommended a skin care regimen which includes Retin-A (at night) and using a hydroquinone cream as well. I wasn’t very keen on using this as it’s a skin bleaching cream. She also recommended a daily scrub product by md formulations and I feel that this course is not that great for my skin. I get peeling on my face, which I know Retin-A causes but also weird dry patches too. I’ve been searching for an AfAm derm in my area with little success.

  21. Howdy Ms. Bella!

    I too have been using the Triluma cream for about 12 weeks. I think I know where your problem(s) are coming from. The peeling is expected, as the medicine is slowly peeling off the top layer so that your “new” and “non-bruised” skin can be exposed. Using Triluma makes your skin extremely sensitive to the sun, and will cause your spots to darken if you don’t use a sunscreen moisturizor with an SPF of 30 or higher. My dermatologist (who specializes in skin of color) recommended “Purpose”, a moisturizor from Johnson&Johnson. After washing and applying Triluma, I usually wait about 30 minutes before applying the sunscreen. Also, Triluma will remain most effective if you store it in the fridge.

    Love your blog, I’ll be reading!

    ~Kesh

  22. Until I found this blog I thought I was the only women in American that didn’t have a perm or wear a weave. I’m so glad I found you guys. Anyway, I too suffer with ance and skin discoloration. It wasn’t until I was in the Middle East that I starting seeing a doctor and receiving regular facial along with chemical peels that my skin begin to clear up. I tell anyone that maybe having issues with their skin to see a doctor. The doctor doesn’t have to be black. But they should know how to care for skin of ALL HUES. If you can’t locate a doctor try a medical spa.

  23. Jacqueline says:

    I can tell you that having suffered from hyperpigmentation something awful for the past 2 years, I’ve been using a combination of Tri-Luma, Retin-A & Skinceuticals Phyto+ since October. The results are amazing. I’m watching them disappear before my very eyes (and I document it with photos). I will stop using the Tri-luma this month and only continue using the Retin-A & Phyto+ along with SPF65 sunscreen.

    Finally a spring and summer where I can walk out of the house with a little bronzer, mascara and gloss!!!!

  24. The CIVANT SKIN CARE PRODUCT is garbarge. I wasted over a $150 on that product and my face still stayed the same. I even made sure i stayed out of the sun.
    Dont waste ur money on CIVANT SKIn

  25. Ms Afrobella,

    Thanks for your blog. I get so many great tips from here. Is the tri-luma by prescription only?

  26. I read the article about tri-luma over and noticed the friendly pharmacist reference. I gotta find me one in my hometown. Thanks

  27. I was doing some research on TriLuma and came across this blog. I ended up choosing another product called meladerm. I just started using it a couple weeks ago for some spots on my cheeks. I’m already seeing results…the spots look about half lighter I suppose? I will report back in another 2 weeks with my progress. But so far so good! Thanks for the blog!

  28. Please look at this Ambi advert (in the link provided)…….. it may make yu think again about posting them as a good cream to use
    http://community.livejournal.com/blackfolk/2563814.html#cutid1

    !!!!!

  29. Redd Edwards says:

    Hey there chica,
    I have been using an over the counter product ALustra for on an as needed basis for several years now. I do see results within a week. My tip is never use a hydroquinone product during the day – you should only apply before bedtime. Sunscreen btwn 30 – 45 isn’t strong enough to combat against the combo effect of sun exposure and hydroquinone – it will cause the dryness, peeling, red patches and/or light spots. I’m speaking from personal experience. Also I found a way to purchase this product for only $30 and w/ S&H it’s $40. It’s an online pharmacy based in Canada and the sites name is http://www.medisave.ca – they also sell Tri-Luma 30 gram is $105.

    Peace,
    SosoRedd

  30. You should try Cosmelan products. They are sold on ebay and on http://www.buycosmelan.com

    This is the best product for lightening dark spots or melasma.

    K

  31. I just started using meladerm by civant today. The cream is very light. I hope to see the difference it preaches. So I will keep you guys updated.

  32. I am replying to Jacqueline. Where do you suggest I purchase Tri Luma, the retin a and the phyto product. Any recommendation on a good sunscreen 65? I had a dark upper lip and it’s driving me crazy. I’m native american.

  33. Hi guys i leace in europe and here we dont have a lot of doctors or creams that helps dark spots.
    I used fair and white and also stillmans and its is so bad for your skin so be carefull and please dont even try.
    A lot of indian and pakistan people use that and well when you are desperate about your dark spots on your pour face you will do anything 2 have them gonne.
    My advice is to use acv and drink acv with honey and water(3 spoons of acv and honey for the flavour and hot water kind of a tea)It will clear your spots and it leaves your skin glowing you can do that everiday.
    Because i work as a model its difficult for me to wait for the results that you only see 3 months later.
    So my question is wich cream can save my skin of those ugly spots just in a month and can a sister do that laser treatment?

    OK hope you guys can help oh if you use acv with aspirine also dry your acne you can search on the internet.

    xxx Desperate house sister

  34. blackbeauty says:

    I would like to say that Tri Luma has worked wonders for me and that i am a dark skin AA woman the thing is that i was applying it all over my body and it made me 5 sahdes lighter and when i stopped using it i became darker than i started so you will have to keep using it to maintain whatever result you are trying to acheive.

  35. hey ladies, i love my dark caramel skin but had a birhmark on my face around my eyes. I am afraid of a lot of skin care care products that promise to conquer hyperpigmentation, because a lot of them change your overall skin appearance and drys it out. I have found the perfect line,”Flori Roberts Enlighten Skin Care System”.For me I simply purchased the Perfect Tone Moisture-super light solution. It evens out the skin tone and brightens your fae giving you a beautiful glow!!! Check the website at:

    http://www.floriroberts.com/emblica/index.html

    Hope this answers some questions, also check the before and afters

  36. Donnamar says:

    I live in the UK and surprisingly there is not much in the way of cosmetics and beauty for women of colour. Really find the blog informative. I used to have very clear skin but is seemingly going through a phase of adult acne which has left really ugly black spots. I am currently using the Flori Roberts skin lightening and is really hoping it works as I have had it with all those creams which claim to work but just do nothing.
    Tish, how long have you been using Flori Roberts before you saw improvements?

  37. hi! ladies.please wateva creme or soap u decide to use,as a woman of color,avoid those with hydroquinone cos at first ul love ur skin then the sickening event starts to set in as d sensitive parts of ur skin begins to lighten and d not-so-sensitive parts still remain dark,so u end up with a mix. of colors which eill become hard to even out.

  38. So what is the final word on tri luma and HQ? I just got tri luma from my dermatologist today. i had a chemical peel (Jessner’s) applied on my back due to all of the scars left from acne, yes, adult acne at that.

    But, I don’t want to use this tri luma if it’s just going to exaggerate an issue that can be cured by the Jessner treatments…..

  39. I don’t have Melasma, but my dermatologist recommended Triluma to fade dark spots on my knuckles (hereditary). I started seeing results in 2 days! I also use it on my knees, between my legs where there’s friction (embarassing even to type) and at the back of my legs just at the base of my buttocks where african people tend to be a bit darker. Triluma is extremely effective on african skin. I dont have any skin problems on my face at the moment, but when the occasional post acne dark spot shows up I dab a dot on it. Not for prolonged use at all. But I give Triluma 2 thumbs up. Well worth the price.

    Oh by the way I have acne prone skin. What finally works for me is St Ives scrub with Salycilic Acid. I exfoliate every day. I also use Cetaphil gentle cleanser and moisturizer with SPF 15. For 2 months I used Diane 35 birth control. Not really as a contraceptive, but because it’s absolutely wonderful at clearing up acne on your skin. Not just ur face but all over your body.

    People can’t stop commenting how much better my skin looks. It’s clear, glowing, the texture is even softer cuz the ph balance is what it should be. And of course I drink lots of water.

    • mozelle mayfield says:

      could someone please email with a website on how to get free sample tri luma. I have used it years ago and have had a lost of income and I don’t have the funds to purchase it again. But I am desperately in need for more of the cream. Please someone help me out. I am a very nice lady. please email me at the below email address

      livingsingle45@gmail.com

      Thank you so much and I look forward to hearing from you

  40. some other tips.

    Apple Cider Vineger with the Mother (Braggs), I use it in my drinking water.

    Omega 3 tabs as a daily supplement.

    Good luck!

  41. Hello Belas!
    I’m just wondering if I can find Tri Luma in the UK?
    I have just bought the CIVANT skincare from the USA but after reading your coments I felt a little depressed :-(
    Oh well I will try it and keep you up to date.
    By the way this web site is fantastic,I have melasma for 2 years and tried everything you can possibly imagine, my derm told me that Melasma is chronic, it gets better but doesn’t ever fade totally.

  42. Hi guys, just writting to let you all know about the chemical green pell. dont waste your money i paid 450 to get the spots off my face and it didn’t work AT ALL. i’ve been using Triluma after the pell for about 8 week and it haven’t work either. anyone out their can help me PLEASE.

  43. Well i read so much about tri-lima and used it since I am strugling from Melasma for past 12 years. I used it for 8 weeks first it seems all spots are gone but AS SOON AS I stoped useing My both side face is covered with black spots. I will not recommend anyone to use triluma.

  44. have anybody tried the fraxel laser treatments for melasma?

  45. YoungMama says:

    I’m 18 years old. I have dark spots and dark blotches on my face. I have freckles, pimples, dark spots, and blotches on my back, arms, shoulders, and neck! I’m so embarrassed. I’m n a relationship and I want my boyfriend to touch smooth skin not bumpy skin! I’ve tried a lot of products but I dnt think I’m trying the right one! Please help me

  46. I am mexican american, we suffer from melasma & dark scars, no mexistash. I have tried Triluma, and it worked pretty well for me initially, and it was winter. As long as you use the proper suncreen, results were good. That was one year ago. I visited my sister, who has pigmentation problems..her regimen is a combo of 4%, retin A micro, and a fine dermabrasion cream. I think it is a generic version of the Obaji system that her dermatologist developed. Her skin looks fantastic. She gave me a sample of the Retin A micro, and within 2 days my skin looked great. Some overseas pharmacies have the Micro Retin A. I think if you have acne, retin A micro is covered by insurance. Good Luck.

  47. Who ever is looking to purchase tri-luma cream please contact me i can help you. I have website source where you can purchase it and ship it world wide for very cheap money. i suffered from malesma and skin pigmantation. Tri Luma worked. thank you
    prkosusrcu@yahoo.com

  48. I have been reading these amazing comments but I am also going to order Tri-Luma. I am a female in young 20s who no longer suffers from acne but suffers from the scars. I am a bit skeptic. My question is to those of you who use a combination of Tri-Luma and Retin-A….wouldn’t that be overdosing? Tretinoin is IN Tri-Luma and it’s the same as Retin-A. So, why the combination?

  49. Hi! I Recently Had A Baby 7weeks Ago And Would Like To Know Why My Abdomen Is Darker? My Mom Said With Pregnancy Certain Areas Become Darker Because Of Hormones Etc. What Can I Do To Cover/correct This? I Know There Has To Some Kind Of Make Up Or Bleaching Creme I Can Use. Ill Even Consider Laser Surgery If I Have Too. Any Info Is Appreciated! Thanks. And Yes I Am A. American.

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  51. What do you recommend for wrinkles.

  52. Has anyone ever had a birthmark removed by fade cream? If so can you tell me the name of the cream so i can tell my doctor.

    Thanks

  53. hi ! am from a tropical country in the indian ocean and i’ve been plagued with dark spots from acne ever since i was a teen.
    Got my Triluma tube 3 weeks ago , i noticed my spots fading within the first week, there was a bit of peeling and my skin did become sensitive . But it’s well worth it coz my dark spots are nearly gone. One other thing is that my skin has started to lighten around the area i applied the cream, and i have patchy lighter skin… not sooo pretty but am still happy with the cream coz god knows i’ve tried everything to get rid of my acne scars.

    One last thing u really have to use a strong sunblock while using triluma. On the whole i would buy this cream again despite all the peeling, the patchy parts and the expense

  54. Can I use tri-luma and while undergoing the series of vitalize peels?

  55. Amber Libs says:

    The Dr Max Powers Scar Cream fades dark spots for even, natural skin tone.

    I started using his Scar Cream several months ago. I had had a brown spot removed from my neck by a dermatologist and it didn’t ever fade after it healed. Giving the area plenty of time to fade on it’s own, I started using the Dr Max Powers Scar treatment every day and noticed a difference in about 3 weeks.

    It takes only a very small amount so I still have the original tube and it’s still half full. I use it every morning under my moisterizer and every night right before applying my night moisterizer. Now no one can see the spot but me.

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