Cosmelan Peel Blog

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What’s The Deal With Cosmelan?

Cosmelan is the answer to dark spots and hyper pigmentation, especially on the face. These discolorations are an aesthetic concern that most of us are facing, as we age. Instead of covering your face with heavy make-up or foundation, return your skin to its natural tone. The Cosmelan depigmentation treatment, originally developed in Spain, is very effective. The treatment targets pigmentation and melasma to soften those areas and minimizes pores.

Cosmelan improves your skin tone in a noninvasive safe manner. The process provides amazing results that other treatments can’t replicate. It’s very effective for all types of melasma. The procedure is quick and easy. The product is compatible with all skin types. The light peeling effect rejuvenates and increases collagen in the skin. Treatments can start and be used all year round. As a bonus, it’s also effective for acne patients.

These are the Cosmelan steps, according to their website:

  1. The specially formulated pigment-reduction activating mask (Cosmelan I Mask) is applied to the skin and left on for 8-10 hours. This is in great part dependent upon the amount of pigmentation as well as your skin sensitivity levels This prolonged “wearing” of the mask is a key component in stimulating the fastest response. We will apply the Cosmelan I Mask at the office.
  2. Once the development and action time is complete, you may wash the mask off. The intensive action ingredients in Cosmelan include hydroquinone and retinoic acid. Hydroquinone will staunch the pigmentation cycle while retinoic acid encourages quick cell turnover. This helps you to more quickly shed brown patches and discoloration. The combination ingredients are an excellent combination which has been shown to provide a superior removal of old pigment and suppression of new pigment.
  3. Your At-Home Cosmelan Program will consist of active-ingredient products you will use on a consistent basis to further improve pigmentation problems and prevent excess pigment formation. Your maintenance cream, Cosmelan II, will be used on a ongoing basis. This special pigment control cream contains ingredients such as Kojic Acid, Phytic Acid, Ascorbic Acid and a protective agent, Titanium Dioxide.
  4. Cosmelan At Home Instructions: Active ingredients include hydroquinone, retinoic acid, azelaic acid, kojic acid, arbutine, phytic acid and ascorbic acid. The Cosmelan® Depigmentation action mechanism is based on the inhibition of tyrosinase, a basic enzyme responsible for the melanin formation process. Several of the substances present in the Cosmelan formula act by blocking this enzyme.

What To Expect

Within a week, patients will notice skin blemishes beginning to fade, and a brighter complexion is breaking through. After a couple weeks, the skin will take on a shiny, healthier glow. These results will continue to improve over the fourth or fifth week, when the full benefits of a Cosmelan Peel can be seen.
Patients who commit to a daily routine will see the smooth results from the Cosmelan Peel last for many months to come. The skin will be delicate and sensitive the first two weeks after treatment; prolonged sun exposure should be avoided and a full spectrum sunscreen should be worn at all times. We recommend the Sun-Shield Matte sunscreen, from Obagi.

According to our experience over the last 16 years at Neu look Med Spa, Cosmelan is the best for peel for high pigmentation and melasma. It corrects overproduction of Melanin and over powers the appearance of new dark spots. The dedication of the patient to the treatment plays a large role in overall lasting effects of Cosmelan. The product must be used as directed by Gita, our Nurse Practitioner, at Neu Look Med Spa and follow up visits must be scheduled to achieve the best lasting results.

Can I use OBAGI Nu Derm During the Summer?

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Can you safely use tretinoin and hydroquinone during the summer?

Many patients at Neu Look Medical Spa are hooked on using the Nu- Derm skincare system by OBAGI Medical. A common question that arises as summer approaches is, “Can I safely use tretinoin and hydroquinone during the summer?” and the answer is yes! That not only applies to using the Nu- Derm system, but all other medical grade tretinoin and hydroquinone as well.

Obagi Nu-Derm Backed By Science

Suzan Obagi, MD, Associate Professor of Dermatology and Associate Professor of Plastic Surgery, Director, UPMC Cosmetic Surgery and Skin Health Center University of Pittsburgh Medical Center states: “Many patients ask if they should take a break from using their skincare products during the summer months. This stems from concerns with sun exposure and increased outdoor activities. However, I have oftentimes found that patients that need the Nu-Derm product line most are those with pigmentation issues such as melasma or post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. These are conditions that typically flare and worsen during hot, sunny weather. In order for patients to have adequate control over these conditions, I recommend that they continue to use their Nu-Derm products as instructed. This goes hand in hand with sun avoidance during the peak hours of 10 am to 2 pm, wearing a hat when outdoors, and reapplying their sunscreen after sweating, swimming, or every 2 hours while outdoors. Furthermore, while ultraviolet ray B (UVB, the burning ray) increases during the summer, UVA (the aging ray) remains constant all year. Therefore it is imperative to use a daily, broad-spectrum sunscreen such as Obagi Sun Shield, either tinted or untinted, daily. I recommend it even while driving or working under fluorescent lights, as these are sources of ultraviolet light exposure that most patients do not realize.”

Helene Geigelman ,CHC, from Rizzier Medical Spa joins into the conversation adding, “In addition to using a sunscreen, incorporate a topical antioxidant into your morning skin care routine. Antioxidants help in the fight against free radical and sun damage. They help stabilize collagen, which helps reduce the aging effects the sun inflicts on our skin. Vitamin C in the form of L-ascorbic acid is believed by many experts to be the most stable and effective in protecting skin. Obagi Medical offers a full portfolio of vitamin C (l-ascorbic acid) products: Pro C formulas 10%, 15% and 20% as well as Pro C Peptide Serum, C Exfoliating Day Lotion and Pro C Suncare SPF 30, all of which contain vitamin C. Apply a few drops, first thing in the morning, after cleansing and toning.”

Stick To a Prescribed Skincare System

In conclusion, not using your Nu- Derm system may indeed leave you vulnerable to get additional photo damage that will need to be treated as well. The best way to take care of your skin and complexion all-year-round would be to stick to your prescribed medical grade skincare system that is recommended by your personal medical facility or medical spa, such as Neu Look. You want to protect your texture, complexion and all of the other important skin concerns as well – not just worry about hyperpigmentation.

Contact Neu Look Med Spa & Skin Center in San Diego Today

If you have any questions regarding finding a skincare system or OBAGI Nu- Derm, call 858-538-5665 to speak with any of our educators at Neu Look Medical Spa.

Edited by Gita Izadi, Nurse Practitioner

Prescription Care Products

We carry the following prescribed medication:

Retin A .05% & Retin A .1%

Hydroquinone 4% & 8%

Numbing Cream

Re- Brightalyze Treatment Pads  $112.00