Questions and Answers about Chromelin Complexion Blender
Q. Chromelin is a clear liquid. It does not dye the skin immediately. How long does it take to work?
A. The first application of Chromelin takes about six hours to develop color. Once some color is present, additional applications should take about two hours to develop color. We recommend you do the first application at bedtime, to an area that is not exposed, to see how the color develops.
Q. How long will the color last?
A. As long as it takes the skin on the treated areas to shed. This is usually 3 to 10 days, depending on how much you scrub or clean the affected area. Light washing or swimming will not affect the color.
Q. How do I maintain the color?
A. Once the desired color is obtained, one application of Chromelin daily or every other day is usually all that is needed to maintain the color.
Q. How dark will the color become?
A. The more times you apply Chromelin per day, the darker the color will become. You should allow Chromelin to dry at least one hour before reapplying.
Q. Will I get an exact match to my normal skin tone?
A. The color developed by Chromelin varies from person to person. Some people develop a color that is an excellent match, others prefer also using concealing, covering cosmetics that can be adjusted more exactly.
Q. If there are products that can cover and more exactly match one’s skin tone, why does anyone use Chromelin?
A. The color produced by Chromelin is WATERPROOF. The covering cosmetics can rub off on clothing or anything coming in contact with covered areas. People often use Chromelin on their hands and other areas where they need waterproof color that will not rub off. Even when Chromelin is not a perfect match, most people prefer this color to the very noticeable, striking white color of skin lacking pigmentation.
Q. Can I use Chromelin under other covering cosmetics?
A. Definitely. Many people use Chromelin as a waterproof base of color before applying covering cosmetics. Some patients report they can use less of the covering cosmetics when applying them to skin colored with Chromelin.
Q. Will Chromelin protect me from the sun?
A. NO! IMPORTANT: Chromelin does not protect skin from the damaging rays of the sun. Be sure to apply sunscreen to all areas treated with Chromelin.
Q. Is Chromelin safe to use and can children use it?
A. The active ingredient in Chromelin, dihydroxyacetone, is a safe, FDA-accepted ingredient. Chromelin can be used on children, however, be sure to read and follow the safety precautions on the bottle before use. Chromelin should always be applied by an adult or with adult supervision.
Tips for Applying Chromelin Complexion Blender
Use the rod applicator to apply a few drops to areas without pigment. Use the applicator to evenly spread Chromelin over the affected areas.
Allow Chromelin to dry completely. Do not wash treated area for at least 3 hours after application. In fact, we recommend you apply Chromelin before bed to ensure you allow enough time between bathing for the color to develop.
Remember that it takes up to 6 hours for the color to develop, so be patient. Chromelin color and shade varies from person to person, so it may take some practice to get it to work just right for you. To achieve a darker color, repeat application instructions once or twice in 24 hours; more often if darker color is desired.
Chromelin will also darken pigmented skin. To prevent darkening of skin surrounding treated areas, take a damp tissue and gently wipe off any Chromelin that has overlapped onto normally pigmented skin.
Chromelin Complexion Blender is rated
Rated 3 out of
It does the job, but expensive
This is the only product that I have found on the market, to camouflage my vitiligo white patches. Too bad for me because this product is really expensive and I go through a bottle in approximately a month. The stain only lasts about three days tops. Dy-o-derm is my preference but no longer on the market, sad to say. Chromelin is typically $20.00 for 1 oz, where Dy-o-derm was $20.00 for 4 oz. I don't understand why Chromelin is so expensive. Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend because there is nothing else on the market.
Date published: 2015-09-05
Rated 2 out of
I had HIGH HOPES!
I purchased this product because of its claim to cover vitiligo spots in 6 hours, where there are several on my face. I was excited about something other than makeup to cover, so I ordered. It hasn't done what it claimed to do. I used it on the spotted areas daily, but it tans it a teeeny, tiny bit which still has to be covered with makeup.
I am African American, and it didn't work for me. However, I'm going to use it all, but don't plan to repurchase. This is one product of many that I've tried, and failed, including the prescription from the dermatologist.
Date published: 2015-10-06
Rated 4 out of
It works but expensive
I've used this product for a few years now mainly in summer to.cover vitiligo on my hands I'm a male, Caucasian normal light skin, this is the best colour match I've found, it lasts about 3-4 days, I found it best applied in the evening after a shower it's a bit hard to judge application as it's clear and you can't see where you've put it but takes some pactice as its liquid not a gel you can get it on quite evenly, I use a makeup cotton pad to apply, a bottle usually lasts me up to 2 months, but it is a bit expensive, takes up to 8 hours from application to develop a colour change
Date published: 2016-07-23
Rated 5 out of
know of no one
I'm really thankful there is a product available for people like me who have vitaligo.... I use to use Dy O Derm, was a good product also. I just wish the coloring process wasn't so long.
Date published: 2015-12-21
Rated 4 out of
It's better than nothing
My problem areas are my hands, feet and elbows because of chromelin I am brave enough to wear short sleeve blouses. Before I did not and I was always very uncomfortable on hot days. Also now I wear sandals more often. My hands are a bit of a problem because it does wah off some as I do a lot of housework. Other than that I am grateful I have this product. It helps a lot as it camouflages my spots and I don't feel so self conscious. Psychologically living with vitiligo is very difficult. Thank you for your product.
Date published: 2015-09-17
Rated 4 out of
Best solution yet
I have found it covers well . I does have a slightly darker orange tint but it fades to look very natural in a day or so . I swim a lot so I find it only 4-5 days but that is expected . I have tried self tan creams before but this seams to work best for me . For best results I have found to light coat on before bed works best and it does not come off on to bedding or clothes like others i have used . Just wish it came in a larger bottle .
Date published: 2015-10-06
Rated 3 out of
Stain has no color when applied
I'm 62 years old and have used a variety of vitiligo stains since age 18. The best was probably Vitadye. Vitigone is similar, but they changed there formula and had problems with it. It is currently not available. Chromelin does hold it's color the best of all the products I've used, but it takes much too long to for the color to develop and goes on unevenly because you can't see it when you put it on. It does develop darker than I like so I now tend to dilute it with a bit of alcohol. Also, I still use the small brushes that I kept from the Vitadye product. Chromelin needs a brush. The plastic stick is pretty useless. When using the Vitigone product, however, I always mixed it with Chromelin (half & half) to get the color when applied, but a more permanent stain with Chromelin.
I hope this review helps. I wish there was a cure, but until then, I will use the best products available. Thank you.
Date published: 2015-10-23
Rated 4 out of
In the spring before the sun is strong this product does a great job providing just enough camouflage for the bright white patches (vitiligo) on my skin - most notably my hands. (I am Caucasian with skin that easily tans). That said - if I miss a day of all body sun screen and my tan accents the vitiligo it is impossible to get a near match. When I use 4 layers of Chromlin it looks like an orangey brown island in the center of a beige brown hand.
At the end of the day I recommend this product because orangey brown is lead noticeable than bright white - I can put a layer of makeup over it if need be- and I am so grateful this one company is helping us camouflage a distressing "front and center" problem. Thank you
Date published: 2016-07-26