Cosmelan is an effective combination of professional treatment and home maintenance cream. This medium depth peel aims to reduce and eliminate pigmentation, increases skin luminosity and equalising skin tone.
Types of pigmentation that be treated with Cosmelan
Can be caused by hormonal changes, sun exposure, photosensitising medication, exposure to chemicals or a genetic tendency. Mainly in women. It shows as uneven and irregular pigmentation with undefined edges. Frequently symmetrical. Shadow-like appearance.
PIH – Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation
Common in dark skin types. After skin lesions (acne or dermatitis), injury (burns, surgery, trauma), laser and depilation treatments, photosensitising medications. It shows as irregular spots, asymmetric, flat, dark pigmentation, localised or dispersed.
Senile and Solar Lentigo
Senile lentigo usually persons age 50+, due to accumulated effect of the sun. Solar lentigo from 30 years, often in low phototype skins. Caused by ageing, sun exposure or genetic tendency. Shows as oval or round spots, lentil-shaped, even, measuring 2 – 20mm.
Common in low phototypes, with fair skin and blonde or red hair. Highly sensitive to UV radiation. Caused by genetic tendency and sun exposure. Shows as small, flat, pigmented spots. Multiple and symmetrical. Light brown.
Frequently Asked Questions
How does Cosmelan work?
Cosmelan works with an intensive corrective effect that regulates overproduction of melanin in the melanocytes, inhibiting and controlling the appearance of new dark spots. It’s dual corrective and controlling action achieves both short and long-term results by keeping hyperpigmentation under control. The Cosmelan treatment contains an exclusive combination of active substances with proven efficacy, which act on all phases of the hyperpigmentation process totally eliminating existing hyperpigmentation, preventing it reappearance and stopping the appearance of new dark spots.
What does the Cosmelan method involve?
Firstly, we complete an in-depth consultation and provide products to prep the skin prior to the rest of the treatment commencing. 48 hours prior to the main procedure we perform a prep peel with Mesopeel Melanostop. This will prepare the skin for the treatment removing any dead skin cells and hydrating the skin, allowing the Cosmelan to work deeper within the skin.
The main method consists of one in-clinic treatment followed by a home maintenance, which should be continued for ideally at least 9 months – 1 year.
The cosmelan 1 is the professional treatment mask which is applied by a skin professional in clinic and this should be left on for a period of between 8 – 12 hours depending on the clients Fitzpatrick, skin type and form of hyperpigmentation.
The cosmelan 2 should then be used by the client at home. This process is started 48 hours post the in-clinic mask and is recommended to be used three times daily in the first month. Twice daily in the 2nd and 3rd month and once in the evening in the 4th month onwards.
Why is it important the client uses the homecare?
The homecare process of Cosmelan 2 maintenance cream is continued to allow the melanocyte to top producing the same abnormal production of melanin and continue to not produce this by its self. If this is not followed for this amount of time the hyperpigmentation will most likely return as the melanocyte will start producing the same hyperpigmentation.
How quickly can results be seen?
Results can be seen in as little as two weeks but can continue to improve with the best of the result being seen between 30 and 60 days following the treatment.
Will I experience any after effects and how long does this last?
Peeling and a little redness and irritation can be expected initially. This may last until the application of Cosmelan 2 is reduced in the second month. Melan Recovery is recommended to be applied to the skin to reduce the peeling and irritation significantly.
Can this treatment be performed only on the face?
No, Cosmelan may also be used on the body and is commonly used on the back, shoulders, arms décolletage and hands which all commonly experience forms of hyperpigmentation.
Are there any aftercare products that I should avoid and is it safe for me to use other products at any point during the method?
Any products containing Vitamin C or retinols should be avoided throughout the treatment. These will be too stimulating for the skin as the Cosmelan does already contain these. Complete aftercare will be discussed with you at time of consulation.
Can the treatment be combined with any other treatments?
During the Cosmelan treatment no other procedures should be performed however the melanostop peel can be performed 48 hours before the cosmelan in-clinic treatment. This will prepare the skin for the treatment removing any dead skin cells and hydrating the skin, allowing the cosmelan to work deeper within the skin.
Why would this treatment be chosen over other treatments for hyperpigmentation, such as Laser?
Laser is a commonly used, highly effective treatment. It is particularly effective for low and medium phototype skins (phototype 1-3) where hyperpigmentation is more visible on the skin surface. Even so, the professional must recommend a maintenance treatment to prevent the reappearance.
In higher phototypes (phototype 4-6) however, laser is less effective and the likelihood of post inflammatory hyperpigmentation is higher. The Cosmelan method is better tolerated, more efficient and involves a lower risk of recurrence and a longer-lasting result.
This price includes the consultation, prep products, prep peel, Cosmelan in salon treatment and all the Cosmelan 2 required for the 12 months post procedure.