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What are all the dark spots on your face?

It may be melasma. If it is, you're not alone.

Millions of women suffer from melasma. Many use cosmetics to cover their dark, brown spots, unaware that there is an FDA-approved topical medication to help fade them.

To learn more about melasma, read on... and talk to your doctor.

Think it might be melasma? Make an appointment with a doctor who can help.

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What are the possible side effects of Tri-Luma® Cream?

A few patients, including those allergic to sulfites, may experience severe allergic reactions to Tri-Luma® Cream. They may have trouble breathing or severe asthma attacks, which can be life threatening. While you use Tri-Luma® Cream, your skin may develop mild-to-moderate redness, peeling, burning, dryness, or itching.

Tri-Luma® Cream contains a corticosteroid medicine as one of its active components. The following side effects have been reported with application of corticosteroid medicines to the skin: itching, irritation, dryness, infection of the hair follicles, acne, change in skin color, inflammation around the mouth, allergic skin reaction, skin infection, skin thinning, stretch marks, and sweat problems. Stop using Tri-Luma® Cream and contact your doctor if you have

  • Severe or continued irritation
  • Severe burning or swelling of your skin
  • Irritation of your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Some patients using Tri-Luma® Cream develop dark spots on their skin (hyperpigmentation), tingling, increased skin sensitivity, rash, acne, skin redness caused by a condition called rosacea, skin bumps, blisters, or tiny red lines or blood vessels showing through the skin (telangiectasia).

    If you are concerned about how your skin is reacting to the medicine, call your doctor.

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    How long will it take to lighten my melasma?

    Tri-Luma® Cream has been clinically proven — in three studies — to improve and frequently clear melasma after 8 weeks of treatment. But, remember that everyone's skin is different so your individual results may vary. Tri-Luma® Cream may improve your melasma, but it is NOT a cure. So, allow your doctor to determine if Tri-Luma® Cream is right for you and what you can expect during treatment.

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    How does Tri-Luma® Cream lighten?

    Tri-Luma® Cream is a unique medicine because it combines three effective ingredients -hydroquinone, fluocinolone acetonide, and tretinoin - into a single tube, giving you a single, once-a-day product to put on your face at bedtime.

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    Why does the sun make my melasma worse?

    Melasma may become darker when your skin is exposed to the sun. This happens because the skin's pigment, melanin, absorbs the energy of the sun's harmful ultraviolet rays in order to protect the skin from overexposure. Skin tanning occurs as a result of this same process. Similarly, cold, wind and heat can trigger melasma or make it worse.

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    If I have melasma, do I have to avoid the sun?

    Exposure to the sun is a definite trigger for melasma, so you should practice a Sun Avoidance Program. Every day, you need to apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher to protect your face from the harmful rays of the sun...even a few minutes in the sun without protection are enough to make your melasma worse.

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    Will my melasma just fade away?

    Sometimes it does. Even if melasma fades after the delivery of a baby or hormone therapy, it can return. If you are taking birth control pills and then stop, the discoloration on your face may start to clear gradually.

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    How should I use Tri-Luma® Cream?

    Tri-Luma® Cream should be used as instructed by your doctor. Tri-Luma® Cream should be used once daily, at night, just after cleaning your face. Read how to incorporate Tri-Luma® Cream into your skin care regimen.

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    What should I avoid while using Tri-Luma® Cream?

    Sunlight or ultraviolet light. Too much natural sunlight or artificial sunlight from a sunlamp can cause sunburn. Dark skin patches may become darker when the skin is exposed to sunlight. You don't have to have a sunburn to make your melasma worse.

    Tri-Luma® Cream can make your skin more likely to get sunburn or develop other unwanted effects from the sun. Protect your skin from natural sunlight as much as possible to help prevent further darkening of existing dark patches and formation of new ones. Staying out of the sun is especially important for women who take birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy and for people who have had dark patches in the past.

    Use an effective sunscreen any time you are outside, even on hazy days. The sunscreen should have SPF (sun protection factor) of 30 or more. Use sunscreen year-round on areas of the skin that are regularly exposed to sunlight, such as your face and hands. If possible, protect the treated area from sunlight exposure. If you spend a lot of time outside, be especially careful of sunlight. Ask your doctor what SPF level will give you the needed high level of protection. If you will be outside, wear protective clothing, including a hat. Do not use sunlamps while you use Tri-Luma® Cream.

    Heat, wind and cold. Heat and cold tend to dry or irritate normal skin. Skin treated with Tri-Luma® Cream may be more likely to react to heat and cold. Your doctor can recommend ways to manage your melasma under these conditions.

    Other skin products and medicines. Avoid products that may dry or irritate your skin. These may include soaps and cleansers that are rough or cause drying; certain astringents, such as alcohol-containing products, soaps and toiletries containing alcohol, spices or lime; or certain medicated soaps, shampoos and hair permanents or dyes. Do not use any other medicines with Tri-Luma® Cream unless you have consulted your doctor. The medicines and products you have used in the past may cause redness or peeling when used with Tri-Luma® Cream.

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    What are the possible side effects of Tri-Luma® Cream?

    A very few patients may get severe allergic reactions from Tri-Luma® Cream. This includes people allergic to sulfites. They may have trouble breathing or severe asthma attacks, which can be life-threatening.

    While you use Tri-Luma® Cream, your skin may develop mild-to-moderate redness, peeling, burning, dryness or itching.

    Tri-Luma® Cream contains a low potency corticosteroid medicine as one of its active components. The following side effects have been reported with application of corticosteroid medicines to the skin: itching, irritation, dryness, infection of the hair follicle, acne, change in skin color, inflammation around the mouth, allergic skin reaction, skin infection, skin thinning, stretch marks and sweat problems.

    Stop using Tri-Luma® Cream and contact your doctor if you have

  • severe or continued irritation, blistering, oozing, scaling or crusting
  • severe burning or swelling of your skin
  • irritation of your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Some patients using Tri-Luma® Cream develop dark spots on their skin (hyperpigmentation), tingling, increased skin sensitivity, rash, acne, skin redness caused by a condition called rosacea, skin bumps, blisters, or tiny red lines or blood vessels showing through the skin (telangiectasia).

    If you are concerned about how your skin is reacting to the medicine, call your doctor.

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