Although we call it a chemical peel, it doesn’t work as a peel. It does not “burn” your skin, nor does it peel off like most peel treatments. Any peeling you get with this treatment is a side effect of the medicine, not how the treatment works.

This peel works by affecting the production of melanin in the skin to lighten it over some time. It is not painful at all. Cosmelan Peels are a one-time treatment, though they can be repeated if necessary only a few months after treatment. Other types of peels are painful, have to be repeated multiple times, and risk making melasma conditions worse. Likewise, using lasers or light treatments for melasma also risks driving the melasma worse in a significant percentage of patients. I have yet to see anyone get worse with the Cosmelan peel.

The Cosmelan peel requires that you wear the peel medicine for several hours after it is applied. Schedule your consultation to discuss the details of this unique and highly effective treatment.

Peter Jenkin, MD, FAAD, FRCPC
Board-Certified Dermatologist,
Clinic Director
Dermatology Associates of Seattle

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