What is Cosmelan?
Cosmelan is a depigmentation treatment of the latest generation, it helps regulate the overproduction of melanin in melanocytes (skin pigment cells). Cosmelan works on the basis of use of substances inhibiting tyrosinase, which is the key enzyme involved in the process of formation of melanin (pigment in the skin). Cosmelan treatments provide a very effective reduction of hyperpigmentation, as well as help restore skins radiance and smoothness (by stimulating collagen production). An additional effect is narrowing of pores and reduction of sebum secretion. The therapy program is individually tailored to specific patient’s needs, their skin type and phototype.
Indications for Cosmelan therapy usually include:
- Hormonal hyperpigmentation (melasma, chloasma)
- Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation
- So called age spots
- Lack of uniform skin tone
- Seborrheic skin (need for constriction of pores, regulation of sebum secretion)
- Poor quality of mature skin (need to increase tension, elasticity, biorevitalization)
- What does the treatment look like?
The treatment is carried out in two stages:
Stage I takes place in the doctor’s office and involves the doctor or cosmetologist applying a Cosmelan 1 mask onto the skin. The mask remains on the skin for several hours, after which it is washed off by the patient at home. Mask application time is 5-10 hours and is determined by the doctor or cosmetologist, depending on the patients skin type.
Stage II – the continuation of treatment at home with Cosmelan 2 cream. The cream allows to maintain and deepen the effect of the treatment. Continuation of treatment at home ensures the durability of the results of therapy started in the doctor’s office and allows for effective removal of hyperpigmentation.
There will be a visible skin condition improvement (lightening of discoloration) by the end of the first week already, however the treatment should last 3 months the least. Shortening the therapy may result in a return to the initial state and it will be necessary to repeat the treatment, starting from stage one again. A very important aspect is the patient’s constant care of photoprotection, i.e. the use of sunscreen after the treatment.
Beautiful, brightened skin without discoloration. Reduced seborrhea, improved skin tone and elasticity. Reduction of fine wrinkles.
Contraindications and side effects:
- Skin allergies
- Active herpes
- Treatment with vitamin A derivatives (retinoids)
- Pregnancy and lactation
- Bacterial and viral infections
- Hypersensitivity to light
- A tendency to scarring
All side effects are mostly predictable, moderate, and transient. The most common are skin peeling for about 7-10 days, redness, tenderness, aggravation of acne lesions, and post-treatment hyperpigmentation in those who do not employ proper sun protection.