Pigmentation can happen due to many factors such as hormonal changes, sun damage, after inflammation or skin injury. All types of pigmentation can be treated with suitable therapies and patience.
Today we’ll introduce you to two very famous hyperpigmentation treatments – Cosmelan and Dermamelan. Patients often ask us what is the difference between the two. In this article we’ll explain how they both work, what they have in common and how they differ.
#1 What Cosmelan and Dermamelan have in common and how they work?
Before we jump into the treatments’ benefits, we’d like to share one very significant study, published in NCBI. It says that human races which have dark skins produce 10 times more melanin than white races:
Results from studies with human melanocyte cultures derived from different racial skin types reveal an excellent correlation between the melanin content of melanocyte cultures and the in situ activity of tyrosinase. Melanocytes derived from black skin have up to 10 times more tyrosinase activity and produce up to 10 times more melanin than melanocytes derived from white skin. However, the higher level of tyrosinase activity in melanocytes derived from black skin is not due to a greater abundance of tyrosinase.
Each of us have an enzyme called tyrosinase which produces melanin and melanocytes. Melanin gives coloration to our skins, hairs, eyes and more. The more melanin our bodies produce, the darker the skin becomes.
Cosmelan and Dermamelan inhibit the production of melanin by suppressing the function of tyrosinase. Less tyrosine, less melanin. This process helps the body stop accumulating pigmentation and stimulates it to recover the skin. Thus the treatments are considered the best therapies for topical skin lightening and pigmentation removal.
Dermamelan and Cosmelan don’t contain bleaching agents. They have acids and vitamins which help the skin recover from pigmentation.
#2 Are before and after pictures real? How is it possible to achieve such results?
We always provide to our customers only real and non-photoshopped pictures. Cosmelan and Dermamelan are famous treatments worldwide and they’ve proved their effects. These results come in a few months and they last if you continue to take care of your skin.
- Continue using recommended by your therapist home care creams for melanin suppression;
- Always apply high SPF before exposing your skin to the sun;
- Do regular touch ups with Cosmelan/Dermamelan Peel treatment;
- Add glutathione therapy to your routine.
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#3 How Cosmelan and Dermamelan differ from each other?
Cosmelan and Dermamelan work in a similar way. Dermamelan is considered the stronger version of Cosmelan. In Dermamelan the active ingredients are more concentrated thus it’s suitable for severe dark spots and very heavy pigmentation. Cosmelan on the other hand is milder and suitable for mild pigmentation skin conditions.
- Cosmelan – lighter, milder effect, suitable for mild forms of pigmentation;
- Dermamelan – stronger, suitable for severe pigmentation and aggressive dark spots.
On a free consultation our therapists will evaluate your skin condition and recommend the better alternative for your individual case.
#4 What to expect during and after the therapy?
The therapy consists of one session at the clinic and then at home skin aftercare with prescribed products. The price of Cosmelan and Dermamelan include your homecare kit.
You will come to the clinic so we can apply the mask over your face. It will be on a thick layer which must stay on your face for 6-12 hours. After application you will receive full instructions how to remove it and when.
When you go back home, 5-12 hours have passed and you’ve already taken off the mask, you will start applying the homecare products. You’ll receive full guidance.
You will start peeling off after the 3rd day of the therapy.
- During the first week you’ll see how pigmentation starts fading away;
- After 2 weeks you’ll see how your skin will become glowing, vibrant and visibly more clear;
- Full results you will see after 5-6 weeks.
We always recommend doing Before and After pictures so you can follow your progress.
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#5 Your therapy progress and your therapist
Keep in mind that your therapist will be there for you daily. From you we’ll expect to update us daily for everything – how do you feel, what happens with your skin, do you have something unusual happening, do you have any questions or worries.
Your therapist will become your best friend for the following few months. We’ll text and talk all the way until the end of your therapy course. This will help us evaluate your progress and take actions in time if your skin is too sensitive.
#6 Do Cosmelan and Dermamelan have side effects?
Side effects of both treatments are something that can happen after any kind of treatment depending on your skin sensitivity. Usually the treatment can lead to:
- Redness and discomfort;
- Tightness and itchiness;
- Scarring if you pull the peeled skin.
Cosmelan and Dermamelan can be done any time at the year on any skin type. Please make sure you follow your therapist’s guidelines so you achieve best results.
#7 Who should not use Cosmelan and Dermamelan?
Both treatments are prohibited for use of pregnant and breastfeeding women, as well as clients who have rosacea or have been on Roaccutane in the last 6 months.
Make sure you share with your doctor everything about your skin condition and your medications intake. This will help them evaluate adequately what is good for you and recommend suitable alternatives.
#8 How long do results last?
Results can last for years if you take proper care and maintain your condition appropriately. We recommend you to continue using Cosmelan/Dermamelan home care products since they inhibit the production of melanin.
It’s very important to protect your skin from the sun and do regular treatment touch ups. Your doctor will give you recommendations for that matter.
To enhance your results we also recommend combining Cosmelan/Dermamelan with Glutathione injection therapy. Glutathione suppresses the production of melanin, naturally makes the skin lighter and detoxes your body. It’s a great accompanying tool for any pigmentation therapy.
#8 How many times a year can you do Cosmelan or Dermamelan?
This depends on your skin condition. If you have a deep melasma you can do Cosmelan/Dermamelan therapy every 2-3 months. There’s no general rule for how many times a year you can do it – this depends on your skin condition, goals and your therapist’s evaluation.
Please consult with your therapist for the results you are looking to achieve so they can give you suitable guidance.
#9 Cosmelan and Dermamelan in combination with hormonal imbalance
We recommend all of our patients who have pigmentation due to hormonal changes to additionally talk to their physician for suitable medical hormonal treatment. Cosmelan/Dermamelan alone would not be enough.
It’s very important to do both therapies in parallel so you receive maximum benefits.
#10 Are Cosmelan and Dermamelan suitable for eye area pigmentation or dark circles?
In general we don’t recommend Cosmelan and Dermamelan for under eye circles cure nor eye area pigmentation. The reason behind that is because these peelings are very strong and might awaken unwanted sensitivity – eye redness, discomfort, allergic reaction.
We apply the peelings near the eye area but not over the eye area.
Our recommendation is to consider alternative treatments such as Mesotherapy. Contact us to give you full information about which treatments would be most suitable for your needs.
#11 Cosmelan/Dermamelan for bodily parts pigmentation reduction
These peels can be applied to any bodily parts that require pigmentation reduction. They are not reserved only for facial skin. For example you can use the therapies to remove pigmentation from under arms, elbows, knees, arms and fingers.
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#12 Additional benefits to your results from Cosmelan and Dermamelan
Officially both treatments have the main benefit of removing pigmentation. In addition to this magnificent results you will notice that Cosmelan/Dermamelan do even more:
- Reduce acne and acne scars;
- Narrow wide pores;
- Removes fine lines and wrinkles;
- Overall anti-age effect.
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