What is Cosmelan MD®?
Cosmelan MD by mesoestetic is a prescription treatment for benign skin discolorations. This includes, dark spots and pigmentation of the face, such as melasma. It works to improve the color, texture, tone, and tightness of the skin. This is a safer alternative to optical lasers and IPL systems that could potentially darken the skin, especially with darker skinned individuals.
Cosmelan MD was originally developed in Spain and found to be very effective on ethnic skin. The Cosmelan MD is prescription strength and can only be safely used in a physician clinic. The non-prescription strength Cosmelan is widely available from online stores and may not be authentic. We only use authentic Mesoestetic USA branding. We do not utilize the non-prescription version of Cosmelan.
Since Cosmelan MD contains prescription ingredients, it should be legally obtained and directed by a licensed physician only. It is a medical procedure. This is for your safety to assure your skin discoloration is indeed benign, and to assess if you would be an appropriate candidate for this.
Although we offer many other alternative treatments to lighten the skin, this is one of the safest, but aggressive options.
What Does Treatment Involve?
After evaluation and ample discussion, the skin is prepped with a Cosmelan degreaser. This is to remove make-up, oil, and any biologic film that would interfere with the absorption of the product.
Dr. Sarumi will apply the specially formulated pigment-reduction mask, known as Cosmelan 1, to your face. The process of application is extremely important. Therefore, this step is done in-office only by the doctor. This begins the lightening process. The mask looks like peanut butter and will stay on the face for a specific time, dependent on skin type. You will then be sent home with home care maintenance products and thorough instructions.
After several hours, as determined by the physician, you will wash off the Cosmelan 1 mask with a gentle cleanser. Then, apply the Mesoestetic® melan recovery cream until fully absorbed
Day 2 will continue with the recovery cream and mesoestetic® melan 130+ pigment control mesoprotech during the day for sun protection.
On Day 3 you will begin to apply Cosmelan 2 to the face as directed by Dr. Sarumi.
After one month of using Cosmelan 2 at home, you will return to the office for re-evaluation. Dr. Sarumi may spot treat residual dark areas of the skin with Cosmelan 1.
How Does Cosmelan MD Work?
Active ingredients include hydroquinone (up to 8%), retinoic acid, azelaic acid, kojic acid, arbutin, phytic acid, and ascorbic acid.
Cosmelan MD offers a unique delivery system to penetrate the skin with several substances that inhibit tyrosinase, an enzyme the skin uses to make melanin (pigment). The retinoic acid increases cell turnover, which not only sheds the darker skin cells but brings out new, “cleaner” cells more quickly.
This process not only treats the uneven skin tones, but it also improves the texture, tactile roughness of the skin, making it glow due to increased reflectivity of light. Your skin will appear more rejuvenated.
What Are Expected Side Effects Of Cosmelan MD?
Under physician guidance, the use of Cosmelan MD is very safe.
Unlike the feeling many get with aggressive chemical peels, the Cosmelan 1 Mask is not usually painful. Some patients report a mild tingling or burning sensation once the mask is applied; others report no difference in sensation.
By Day 2, it is anticipated your skin will be red and dry. Eventually, the skin will begin to peel. The extent of the peeling varies from person-to-person, but the redness and peeling always subside in a matter of days to a few weeks.
When you are ready for a thorough consultation to consider Cosmelan MD as a possible treatment option, call AnewSkin MedSpa in Washington DC today or schedule an appointment online.