Cosmelan MD

What is Cosmelan?

Cosmelan is a combination of different depigmentation agents which acts by decreasing melanin production or formation on the skin by inhibition of enzyme tyrosinase.  Melanin is responsible for the darkening of the skin which results in formation of brown spots due to sun exposure as well as formation of Melasma when influenced by hormones.

What are the types of Hyper-Pigmentation?

Melasma or Chloasma:

 Skin coloration that appears as blotchy brown spots, often covering cheeks, forehead, or temples. This type of hyper-pigmentation can be hereditary, or triggered by hormonal changes such as pregnancy or menopause. Taking birth control pills can also trigger Melasma. In addition, some laser treatments such as IPL, may worsen the condition.

Age Spots or “Liver” Spots:

 Smaller darkened patches usually on older adults who have been exposed to the sun for many years. These spots can be seen on the face, forearms and backs of hands.

Post-inflammatory Hyper-Pigmentation:

 This type of hyper-pigmentation results from any inflammatory injury or trauma to the skin.

Cosmelan offers major advantages compared to other therapies such as: compatible with all skin types, extremely safe, rapid and easy depigmentation process, very effective in treating Melasma or ”pregnancy mask” and effective for acne patients.

How does Cosmelan work?

Cosmelan inhibits an enzyme called tyrosinase, which is involved in the manufacture of melanin. Cosmelan treatment involves two separate steps. First step is application of Cosmelan 1, that is applied as a mask. The mask is left on the skin for 6-10 hours based on the skin type. After the mask is removed, the second step is initiated which involves application of the Cosmelan 2 product daily for the next few weeks at home.

ONE WEEK after starting the Cosmelan® Depigmentation treatment, a significant improvement of the skin is observed.

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What is the initial procedure with Cosmelan?

The initial treatment with Cosmelan is always done in the doctor’s office. The first part involves evaluation of the skin type by the doctor. The cleansing of the skin is done with the degreasing agent in order to remove the dead cells, skin oils and old debris.

After the degreasing step, Cosmelan 1 mask is applied left on for a total of 6-10 hours depending on the skin type. After the mask application, you are able to go home with the mask on. After appropriate amount of time has elapsed, the mask is removed with water and a neutral cleanser.
Immediately following the cleansing of the face, the mesoestetic Hydra-vital factor K cream is applied on the treated area.

What is the maintenance Cosmelan program?

The second stage is the home maintenance program.  It consists of the daily application of the Cosmelan 2 cream. The cream is applied 2-3 times a day, for the first two weeks following the application of the mask, then once a day from then on. Continual daily use is recommended for the best results.

When can one see the results of Cosmelan?

In most cases, the skin blemishes start to disappear within the first week after starting treatment. The darker the skin, the longer the time it takes for the spots to disappear. The skin starts to appear shiny and healthy in 2-3 weeks. In most individuals the dark spots can not be seen in 4-6 weeks.

What are Advantages of Cosmelan?

Cosmelan treatment offers numerous advantages compared to the other available depigmentation products:

  • extremely effective in the treatment of melasma

  • minimal to no pain involved

  • rapid results

  • effective on all skin types

  • light skin peeling agent with minimal side effects

  • can be applied year round

  • effective for individuals with acne scars and red skin blemishes

  • works well with sensitive skins