1 chemical peel that will change your skin-for the better
We all want that flawless complexion that naturally glows and makes you look fresher and younger, but discolorations seem to be a growing concern and spot-fading products are more in demand now than ever.
When it comes to stubborn hyperpigmentation, post acne spots and aging sun spots, at-home products can rarely give you any noticeable results and with melasma, even lasers are not an option, as the heat only worsens the condition
After watching several YouTube videos and following many skincare bloggers I came across the Cosmelan peel. I have tried most peels including VI, Jessners, ZO, and many more. All had good results, but Cosemlan is something different. If you are dealing with melasma and you've never heard of it, you need to try it! It is one of the safest and most efficient treatments for an even, glowing skin tone. It does come with a hefty price tag but well worth it!
What is Cosmelan Peel?
Cosmelan peel is a cosmetic procedure that starts in the office, then continues at home, following a strict schedule provided by the aesthetician. Unlike most chemical peels, Cosmelan peel specifically focuses on removing melasma and other discolorations.
There are many causes that might lead to dark spots and uneven tone - sun damage, post inflammatory processes, hormones, genetics, aging, etc. They all stimulate melanocytes (melanin-producing skin cells) to locally produce excess melanin.
What's nice about Cosmelan peel is that, unlike most other peels, it doesn't only peel off the dark skin patches. Part of the ingredients include products that directly affect melanocytes and suppress the production of melanin in the months to come.
This reduces the possibility of reappearance of your dark spots, which is a common issue with many other melasma treatments.
What the Procedure Looks Like:
If Cosmelan peel sounds like something you’d like to give a try, here’s a short preview of what you can expect.
First, your aesthetician will examine your skin and decide whether you are a good candidate for the peel. They should also go through everything you can expect during the procedure and in terms of results.
The first step happens in the office. After cleansing your face, they will apply a thick layer of the peeling mask to your face. You leave with the mask on and a box of post-care products and instructions on how to remove the mask after 8 – 12 hours, depending on your skin.
The first few days are the hardest – you can expect redness, dry, tight sensation and intense peeling that starts around the day 3. Keep following your aesthetician’s directions on when and how to apply the products you brought from the office (The Cosmelan 2 maintenance cream, an intense moisturizer and a sunscreen).
Things soon start to get better – and then they just keep getting better and better! In the following weeks and months, the spots start to fade and reduce in size, the pores appear smaller, and the whole complexion looks clear, bright and more even-toned.
The Cosmelan peel is one of the world leading treatments of melasma and other skin pigmentations. However, the downtime and the results depend on your skin. Talk to your aesthetician about anything that concerns you before deciding if this peel might be a right choice for you and if the price would be worth the trouble in your case. Also keep in mind that the sun is your enemy. Avoid the sun and always wear sunscreen BUT especially during the treatment and few months following the treatment.
A few personal recommendations I have about the treatment: Make sure you get the medical grade products. Some aestheticians do not cary the full medical grade version. DO NOT use retinol or other topical skin treatments that could interfere with the peel at least a week prior to the peel. Always consult with your dermatologist before undergoing any procedures including this one. Everyones skin types vary and chemical peels may be too harsh for you.
Below are my personal before and after photos along with a few others!