Cosmelan® is the world’s leading hyperpigmentation treatment, with over 1 million delivered to date. Professional and intensive, Cosmelan® is designed to eliminate or reduce dark spots of melanic origin on skin, while unifying the skin tone and enhancing skin luminosity.
The effects of the sun can cause all sorts of damage to our skin, such as hyperpigmentation and sun spots. Sun spots are caused when UV rays stimulate the melanin within our skin. Melanin is responsible for determining our skin’s pigment and in UV light is produced to create this pigment to protect the skin. In many of us, when our skin is exposed to sunlight, small brownish freckles, uneven patches and marks can appear; this makes skin look uneven in tone and texture. Pigmentation can also be caused by the natural ageing process as well as hormonal conditions and changes in the body (such as pregnancy).
Hyperpigmentation is a growing concern, regardless of skin tone, with more and more people suffering worldwide – including 90% of people over 50.
At Dr MediSpa from our clinics in Loughton, Essex and Chiltern Street, London, we offer an effective, non-surgical treatment for the appearance of pigmentation on the skin. This treatment is called the Cosmelan Depigmentation Peel.
The Cosmelan peel is a unique and multi-ingredient, chemical peel, is designed especially for hyperpigmentation and discolouration of the skin. This is caused by the following:
- UV damage
- Freckles, lentigo or nevus
- Hyperpigmentation of the skin
- Post-inflammatory pigmentation from acne and acne scarring
- Pregnancy mask (melasma)
Unlike some dermal peels, Cosmelan is tolerated well by all skin types and ages. It has a proven track record of efficacy and contains no hydroquinone, a controversial substance which is often used in products which lighten the skin but can be very harsh and damaging. Instead, it contains multiple pigment-solving ingredients in one system, such as Azelaic acid and Kojic acid, which are naturally derived acids, to maximise its effect.
Essentially, results can last as long as you want them to if you have sun-damage pigmentation. If you protect your skin from sunlight, you should maintain the results for up to 18 months. However, melasma and hormonal pigmentation come from ‘within’, so you may find that you need a top-up treatment once a year.
Results can be seen after one, complete treatment. For deeper pigmentation, a top-up treatment may be required after one year.
It is possible to have a Cosmelan peel at any time of year. However, you will need to use a total sunblock if you have the treatment during the sunnier months, to guarantee treatment efficacy and to protect your skin from further damage.
The treatment will commence with one pre-peel, one treatment peel and a home care system. Throughout the treatment, you will experience some peeling, redness and tenderness. This will last around 2 to 4 weeks as the skin is shedding and eliminating the pigmented skin cells.
Although Cosmelan is suitable for all skin types and ages, we will ask that you attend a consultation, so that we can assess your skin and talk about the treatment in more detail. There will be aftercare requirements following a Cosmelan peel, so it’s important to discuss timings of the treatment (for example, if you are going on a sun holiday, we would wait until afterwards to treat you with Cosmelan).
Cosmelan encourages accelerated cell turnover, which forces present pigment cells to the surface, where they are ‘sloughed’ away.