The Cosmelan Peel Offers Treatment For Hyperpigmentation Concerns—Including Stubborn Melasma


What is the Cosmelan Peel?

The Cosmelan peel is a professional depigmentation treatment that is designed to significantly reduce dark spots and help address stubborn melasma. It also helps to increase the skin's luminosity, smooth texture, and even help with acne scars. Unlike many other peels, it can be used on light and dark skin tones. Our practice utilizes the MD or medical grade version of the peel to offer our patients the best results. The blend includes the following proven active ingredients known to address current pigment issues and help to prevent spots in the future: 

  • Hydroquinone
  • Retinoic acid
  • Kojic acid
  • Azelaic acid
  • Phytic acid
  • Arbutin
  • Licorice extract

How does the Cosmelan Peel work? 

Typically, when you think of peels, you think of a relatively quick in-office treatment. A solution is applied to the skin (that is when the tingling or stinging feeling kicks in) and after just a couple minutes, another liquid is applied that typically starts to reduce the tingling. The Cosmelan Peel, however, is actually removed at home. Here is how it works:

You will come into the office and discuss the procedure in depth with our esthetician, after which the initial “mask” is applied. Once you are home, between 6-10 hours after the application, you rinse it off yourself with lukewarm water.

After you have rinsed off the peel, the at-home aftercare portion of the treatment (and the downtime) begins. I warn my patients that they must avoid prolonged direct sunlight for 14 days after removing the mask, so plan accordingly.  

What is the at-home aftercare protocol after the peel?

You will stick to the Cosmelan Peel-specific aftercare regimen for two months, as the products help lighten the pigment and simultaneously protect and soothe the skin. The regimen includes the “cosmelan 2” depigmenting cream, a recovery balm, and an SPF.

How much downtime can I expect? 

There are two phases of downtime. After the removal of the mask itself, your face will be pink/red and even warm to the touch. You may experience anything from mild to severe peeling and flaking, and possibly have dry, itchy skin that can last between 2-5 days. (I personally apply generous amounts of iS Clinical Sheald Recovery Balm throughout the day to completely eliminate any itchy dry skin). 

Once the side effects from the mask itself subside, it is possible to also have a reaction to the at-home care products too—as these are also working hard to reduce pigmentation. This can manifest as mild flaking or redness. This is normal and it is part of the process (however please know that we are here for you each step of the way so if anything does not feel right, contact us immediately). 

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