A Cosmelan® peel differs from other skin brightening chemical peels in its ingredients, which are designed to treat the specific symptoms of Melasma.
What is Melasma?
Melasma is a pigment disorder of the cells resulting in dark patches on the face, often with distinct edges. Melasma can occur in both men and women, and can often be seen on the cheekbones, forehead, nose and upper lip but can develop in other areas of the face.
There are a number of factors that can trigger Melasma including:
Hormones: External hormones such as birth control pills and Hormonal Replacement Therapy (HRT) or pregnancy can bring on Melasma. When Melasma occurs during pregnancy it is known as the “pregnancy mask”.
Thyroid disease: The incidence of Melasma also increases in patients with thyroid disease.
Sun Exposure: UV exposure is the leading cause of Melasma Hyperpigmentation and the patches tend appear darker in the summer months.
Melasma has long been one of the toughest skin conditions to treat because discoloration lies so deep within the skin's layers and is hard for medications to target. Cosmelan peel is the world’s number one whitening treatment and can effectively reduce skin discolouration by up to 90%.
Cosmelan® treatments can improve the appearance of:
- Lentigo, Freckles or Nevus
- Pregnancy Mask / Melasma
- Chloasma from UV damage
- Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (from acne / scars)
VIDEO Cosmelan Peel - Understanding Pigmentation
Before and After Images
How Does It work?
Cosmelan is a depigmentation agent, which acts by decreasing melanin from the skin. Melanin is responsible for the darkening of the skin and contributing to such factors as melasma and other skin discolorations. Melanin is increased by sun exposure, acne, aging, and hormone fluctuation. Cosmelan has the ability to inhibit an enzyme (tyrosinase) that is involved in the process of causing skin darkening. Cosmelan leads to a decrease in melanin synthesis and hence to a decrease in darkened skin color.
Unlike other hydroquinone and tretinoin treatments, which can be harsh on the skin and cause a number of unpleasant side effects, a Cosmelan peel contains Azelaic Acid, which kills bacteria on the surface of the skin and boosts new skin cell production; and Kojic Acid, which is an acid that is derived from several different types of naturally-existing fungi and which inhibits the production of melanin in the skin.
What Can I Expect During The Treatment?
The process starts with an initial consultation to check your suitability for the Cosmelan peel. After this your aesthetician will ask you to re-book for the actual peel treatment.
The skin is cleansed and degreased to help the peel product penetrate deeper into the skin. The peel mask is then applied and allowed to dry. The client leaves with the clinic with the mask on and leaves it on for 8-12 hours. The mask is then washed off after this time and home care products can be used.
The following day another appointment is required for a check-up and a maintenance cream will be given to use at home. Detailed aftercare is given and another appointment will be booked for a month later to check progress.
Are There Any Side Effects?
Post-treatment you can expect to experience some peeling and redness and your skin will have a prolonged sensitivity to the sun. Most peeling will occur in the first week after treatment but dryness, tightness and slight soreness may continue for up to 4 weeks.
How Many Treatments Would I Need?
A single in-clinic treatment followed two check-up appointments to review progress and results. You should expect to use a Cosmelan 2 maintenance cream for 9-12 months after the initial peel treatment to ensure the Melasma doesn’t return.
Our initial package cost includes your initial treatment, two check-up appointments and 1 post-peel product pack. Maintenance cream will need to be purchased separately.
What Results Can I Expect To See?
You should start to see substantial improvement after just two weeks. Blemishes, pigmented patches will start to diminish and skin will start to look brighter.
More significant results can be seen at the end of the second week post treatment and in 99% of cases involving blemishes or abnormal hyperpigmentation of epidermal origin, the blemish elimination process achieved a 95% efficacy rate.
It is work noting that without adequate sun protection any exposure to the sun can undo months of treatment and the dark patches can return. It is imperative that complete sun protection every day post treatment.
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Melasma started on my cheeks (around my eyes) after having my little girl, which I later found out is quite common. I used to have to cover it with thick makeup every day so was really pleased when I found the Cosmelan treatment. The results have just a single session have been amazing and it has pretty much completely gone. I would definitely recommend this treatment at Skin Health Spa, they really care about getting you results.Diane, North London
|Treatment||Single Treatment||Course of 3||Course of 6||Course of 8|
|Clinics in London|
|Cosmelan Peel (inc. post-treatment product pack)||£995|
|Clinics outside London|
|Cosmelan Peel (inc. post-treatment product pack)||£850|