Melasma is a chronic skin disorder; symmetrical, brownish and blotchy facial pigmentation and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation is a temporary pigmentation from injury or inflammatory disorder of the skin. These pigmentation issues, usually cause a lot of distress for the fact that it is aesthetically unappealing.
How to get rid of melasma and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation?
Cosmelan peel is a two-part treatment product. It is mainly used for melasma and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation without using harsh ingredients like retinoic acid, hydroquinone, AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids) or TCA (trichloroacetic acid) peels.
How is cosmelan peel done?The initial treatment is an in-office procedure with application of the Cosmelan cream mask (Cosmelan 1). It contains Azelaic acid, kojic acid, phytic acid & ascorbic acid (Vit C) as active ingredients (skin lightening) where azelaic acid causes a peeling effect.
What to expect of the procedure?Pre-procedure:One week prior to the Cosmelan peel treatment, patients are to stop using glycolic acid products or any creams that can cause dryness or peeling.
During procedure:The mask is put on the face for a specified amount of time given by the aesthetic doctor. It usually takes from six to eight hours depending on the skin type. The mask will then be removed with a gentle cleanser and a special post-treatment cream is applied.
Proper instructions will be given as to when to begin using the maintenance creams (Cosmelan 2). These creams are to be used daily, twice or once a day to keep the skin smooth and clear. Also to maintain the lightening achieved with the Cosmelan 1.
The day following the treatment, the skin will redden especially with exposure to sunlight without sunscreen. Mild peeling or flaking may occur too with some mild stinging, itching and tightening.
These are normal and may be alleviated by using the Hydra Vital Factor K Cream provided.
No other skin lightening products should be used at any time while on the Cosmelan peel program.
About Cosmelan 2
Cosmelan 2 contains titanium dioxide (sunblock), kojic acid, phytic acid and ascorbic acid for skin lightening.