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Melasma is no fun. Known as one of most effective treatments for hormone-induced skin pigmentations, Cosmelan® works to get rid of brown patches and discolorations on the face. It works especially well for pigmentations that have been there for years, and those that have not responded to creams or other types of treatments. At Sunset, we offer the Medical Grade version of the Cosmelan® Depigmentation Treatment for the best results possible.
Melasma, also known as the “mask of pregnancy,” is a common problem for women. Many times birth control hormones can trigger this problem. Many patients are happy to report that after years of heavy make-up or foundation, they can enjoy a more even skin tone and be free of their melasma.
It is safe to use any time of the year, and is compatible with all skin types, including darker-toned Asian and Latin skin. The light peeling effect rejuvenates and increases luminosity and the texture of the skin.
Discontinue the use of glycolic, retinols, and other depigmentation treatments seven to 10 days prior to a Cosmelan® treatment. Also, be sure to tell us about any other medications or topical treatments you are using or have used in the past year.
Slight inflammation, erythema, redness, burning, and tightening of the skin are normal 24 to 48 hours after the skin mask application. Use the home-care products as directed to help minimize this.
The use of any other depigmentation products is not recommended during treatment in order to prevent any unpleasant or unexpected interactions.
You may not use it if you are pregnant, nursing, have been using Accutane any time in the past six months, or if you have rosacea.
The Cosmelan® Depigmentation Treatment is comprised of two phases:
The first phase consists of a professional evaluation of your skin type and condition. The Cosmelan® Mask is then applied to the skin. The active ingredients induce lightening of hyperpigmentation and inhibit the production of melanin in the skin. You will be instructed to leave the mask on for six to 12 hours, depending on your skin type. You will wear the mask home, and remove it as instructed.
The home care program may vary slightly, depending on skin type, so follow the instructions you are given at the office. The basics for home care are as follows, to maximize the results of the treatment:
After the recommended time of application has elapsed, remove the mask with mesoestetic® Milk or Gel Cleanser and warm water. Immediately after removing it, apply a small amount of the Hydravital Factor K Cream over the entire facial area. This cream will soothe and hydrate the skin, while contributing to the brightening of the complexion.
Continue applying Cosmelan® 2 Maintenance Cream two times per day followed by Hydravital Factor K Cream and Complete Moisturizing Sunscreen (for normal to dry skin) or mesoestetic® Dermatological Complete Sunscreen (for combination to oily skin)
Continue applying Cosmelan® 2 Maintenance Cream one time per day followed by Hydravital Factor K Cream and Complete Moisturizing Sunscreen (for normal to dry skin) or mesoestetic® Dermatological Complete Sunscreen (for combination to oily skin)