With so many facial treatments available, it can be challenging to keep track of the latest and greatest on the market. And which treatments will work for your particular skin issues and individual skin type. If you’re suffering from hyperpigmentation and melasma, you probably already know that it is difficult to treat these uneven and bothersome facial blemishes.
Originating in Spain, Cosmelan is a multi-ingredient chemical treatment that aims to reduce hyperpigmentation and facial discolouration.
Skin hyperpigmentation is caused by abnormal production of melanin, the pigment responsible for skin colour, and is a consequence of uncontrolled, localized overproduction of melanin by the melanocytes, causing irregular skin coloration and dark spots.
A Cosmelan peel gets down to the cellular level to block the tyrosinase enzyme that is responsible for causing pigmentation, effectively inhibiting melanin production.
This treatment differs from others by correcting the existing problem and preventing it from occurring in the long term. An added bonus is you see results quickly – faster than any hyperpigmentation solution in the market. And because it doesn’t use lasers, it’s also the perfect choice for people with melasma who can’t undergo treatments that involve heat.
Cosmelan is not typical chemical peel offered by Youthful Concepts. Most sit on your skin for 8-12 minutes, yielding an intense burning sensation, often inducing heat. Cosmelan sits on your skin for 6-12 hours without heat or burning reactions. Cosmelan is a thick mask consisting of several powerful pigment fighting natural acids, including azelaic acid, kojic acid, phytic acid, ascorbic acid, and retinoic acid, making this peel ideal for combatting melasma on a deeper level.
The treatment begins in the clinic, where we apply the Cosmelan mask to your skin after thorough cleansing. The mask will feel cool, tingly, and occasionally a bit itchy if it dries out. Once the mask is removed 6-12 hours later, depending on skin type (as advised), the skin can feel warm, occasionally feel ‘sunburnt’, and most clients will experience some swelling, then peeling for around 3-5 days. You will receive clear instructions and all the skincare products for the 4-6 weeks post the peel.
Results will be visible within 7-10 days but will be best after 30 days. There will be an improvement of hyperpigmentation, the disappearance of more superficial pigmentation, and improvement in skin quality with the unification of skin tone.
You can maintain results by adhering to the post-treatment plan and being vigilant with sunscreen. We recommend continuing using home care for at least four months, which may be extended up to 9 months depending on the progression of each individual case.
Cosmelan 2 can be used indefinitely with longer intervals between applications to maintain results, but the Cosmelan 1 peel can be repeated once per year if needed.
I have seen dramatic results, not only in my patients but also in my skin.
I treated myself with Cosmelan in 2020 and was amazed; definitely worth the downtime. Most of my pigmentation stayed away except after sunny holidays when I noticed it returning on my forehead. When this happened, I restarted my Cosmelan 2 cream to get it under control. I love Cosmelan because I think it is less painful and less risky, and more cost-effective than anything on the market for pigmentation.
To find out more about Cosmelan Peel and what it can do for your skin, read more about our Cosmelan Peel Treatment.