Cosmelan Peel Denver

There are many different skin conditions out there that can be difficult to treat. These conditions can make you feel self-conscious and uncomfortable. However, these conditions affect more people than you might realize. It's estimated that one in three Americans are dealing with a skin condition at any given time. 

Fortunately, if you have certain skin issues, such as sun damage, age spots, or other skin blemishes, you can treat them using a Cosmelan peel

What Is A Cosmelan Peel?

A Cosmelan peel is a revolutionary, exclusive facial treatment that helps diminish the appearance of hyperpigmentation. It reduces melanin levels, lightens skin tone, and evens out discoloration due to sun damage, age spots, melasma, freckles, and other blemishes.

The unique formulation contains powerful active ingredients that inhibit melanin production, reduce inflammation, and promote skin rejuvenation. These ingredients include:

  • Azelaic acid
  • Kojic acid
  • Phytic acid
  • Retinol
  • Vitamin C
  • Hydroquinone
  • Arbutin

These ingredients work together to create a potent cocktail that has skin-lightening, anti-aging, and anti-inflammatory actions. At our Natural Skincare Clinic in Denver, the Cosmelan peel is administered in-office by a licensed medical aesthetician. 

Treatment consists of applying a Cosmelan facial mask, which is left on for a set amount of time. Although typically applied as a facial mask, a Cosmelan peel can be used on almost any part of the body.

Cosmelan Peel Benefits

A Cosmelan peel is a safe and effective solution for treating various skin blemishes. 

The following are the primary benefits of the peel:

  • Reduction of skin pigmentation: The Cosmelan peel includes kojic acid, an ingredient that consists of several types of beneficial fungi. Kojic acid inhibits the formation of tyrosine in the skin, which is the key enzyme required for melanin production. Melanin is a natural pigment responsible for the skin's color, and high levels of melanin can lead to dark spots. 

    By inhibiting melanin production, kojic acid helps lighten skin blemishes and reduce skin pigmentation. Kojic acid also helps fight against post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH). PIH is a common side effect of acne and melasma, which is a form of discoloration caused by hormonal changes.
  • Provides even skin tone: Cosmelan peels contain several ingredients that help to improve skin tone by lightening patches of discoloration and other blemishes. These ingredients include vitamin C (an antioxidant that helps even out the skin tone), arbutin (a skin-brightening agent), and hydroquinone (a powerful skin-lightening agent).

    Other ingredients, such as azelaic acid and retinol, contribute to a more even skin tone as well.
  • Inhibits the formation of melanin: Melanin is formed through a process called melanogenesis, where tyrosinase (an enzyme) converts the amino acid tyrosine into pigment. The ingredients in a Cosmelan peel inhibit the tyrosinase enzyme, which helps reduce melanin production and leads to a more even skin tone.
  • Increases the production of collagen: Collagen is a protein found in the skin that helps keep it firm and supple. Ingredients such as retinol (a vitamin A derivative) and phytic acid help stimulate the production of collagen, which can lead to a more youthful-looking complexion by reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.

Skin Conditions That Cosmelan Peels Can Address

Not only can the Cosmelan peel help improve the appearance of your skin safely and effectively, it can also treat any number of skin conditions, including the following:

Cosmelan Peel For Melasma

Melasma is a condition that can most commonly cause brown (most common) or gray-brown (less frequent) patches to form on the skin, usually on the forehead, cheeks, nose, and upper lip. They look similar to skin blemishes like sunspots, age spots, and liver spots, but they aren't the same. 

In fact, melasma usually results in larger “spots” than other types of hyperpigmentation-usually the size of nickel or larger. Melasma spots are harmless, but while some fade away after a while, others may never go away no matter how hard you try.

The cause of melasma is still largely unknown, but it is thought to be related to changes in hormones during pregnancy or while taking birth control pills. As such, women (especially those with darker or tanner skin) tend to be more prone to this condition. 

Certain medications can also increase the risk of melasma, including some antibiotics and antifungal medications. Additionally, UV light exposure can trigger the condition or make melasma worse.

The Cosmelan peel helps to significantly reduce the appearance of melasma spots by inhibiting melanin production and lightening any existing discoloration.

Cosmelan Peel For Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (PIH)

Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation is frequently referred to as “acne scarring”, however it is not scarring at all. Rather, it is just a temporary form of skin darkening or discoloration that is easily treatable. However, if left on treated, it will not go away. 

PIH occurs when the skin cells produce extra melanin. This happens as a reaction to damage or irritation caused by acne, eczema, burns, bug bites, rashes, allergic reactions, psoriasis, and more. As a result, the skin may produce brown, dark brown, tan, or bluish-gray spots or patches.

The Cosmelan peel eliminates PIH by lightening existing discoloration, inhibiting melanin production, and increasing cell turnover. Additionally, it uses natural exfoliants, such as azelaic acid, to shed dead skin cells and stimulate new cell growth. 

It also includes ingredients such as retinol and phytic acid, which help reduce inflammation and promote collagen production, thereby helping to plump up the skin and minimize the appearance of acne scars. 

Cosmelan Peel For Sun-Damage Skin (like Freckles)

Freckles are a form of sun damage that are small skin spots and can range in color, from light brown to dark brown. They can occur almost anywhere but are most commonly found on the face, shoulders, arms, and hands. They result from an overproduction of melanin and can be caused by sun exposure or genetics. 

Ingredients such as kojic acid and vitamin C found in the Cosmelan peel help to lighten existing freckles and reduce their appearance. These ingredients also help to inhibit melanin production, which leads to a more even complexion.

The Stages Of The Cosmelan Peel Process

Unlike other peels, the Cosmelan peel requires one in-clinic treatment and then, 21-30 days later, a second application of the intensive peel. Before the actual peel, you will receive a consultation with your clinician to assess your skin and determine the best course of action. 

During the consultation, your clinician will outline any risks and side effects associated with the peel and answer any questions you may have. As for the actual treatment itself, the following is the process that you can expect:

Intensive Depigmentation

The first stage of the Cosmelan peel is intensive depigmentation. During this stage, a Cosmelan peel mask is applied and left on for 8-12 hours. During this time, the cream will absorb into your skin and help to reduce discoloration.

Other chemical peels are usually removed after 2-5 minutes. The Cosmelan peel is much less intense with the initial application than other chemical peels, so it's left on for longer. Additionally, unlike other chemical peels, Cosmelan peels aren't painful. 

After 8-12 hours, the mask is removed in a gentle, circular motion with a damp cloth and lukewarm water. Your face may feel slightly sensitive and will appear reddish.

Continuous Depigmentation

After the intensive depigmentation mask is removed, you will be asked to continue your treatment regimen at home. You'll wait two to three days after you've removed your Cosmelan peel mask before beginning to apply a Cosmelan cream. 

This cream contains a milder version of the depigmenting ingredients used in the in-office intensive mask, which helps to lighten dark spots and promote an even complexion.

Your face may feel itchy or irritated during this stage. Additionally, you will likely begin experiencing peeling as the Cosmelan cream gets rid of dead skin cells from your face.

Hyperpigmentation Regulation

Once continuous depigmentation is complete, you will begin regulating the hyperpigmentation process. This involves applying a topical cream 1-3 times a day , which will help control residual discoloration and protect your skin from the sun. You should begin to see results as you continue to apply the cream on a daily basis.

Control Of Reappearance

At this point, depigmentation should be complete, and your skin should appear even-toned and healthy. However, to ensure that your results are long-lasting, you'll want to control the reappearance of hyperpigmentation. This involves applying the special Cosmelan cream at night for 3-6 months.


Commonly Asked Questions

The Cosmelan peel is a safe and effective chemical peel that can help treat various skin conditions. However, as it's still a chemical peel, it must be administered by a trained clinician and requires proper aftercare. 

With that in mind, you may have questions about the Cosmelan peel and the process before you decide to commit to it. Here are some of the most commonly asked questions about the Cosmelan peel:

What is the difference between a Cosmelan Peel and a Vi Peel?

A Vi Peel is another type of chemical peel used to treat various skin issues, including acne scars and discoloration. Although there are a few different ingredients, the primary difference between the two peels is that the Cosmelan peel is a once-off treatment. 

Once a Cosmelan mask is applied in the clinic, you can complete the rest of your treatment at home. In contrast, the Vi Peel procedure requires two to four treatments spaced four to six weeks apart.

How much does a Cosmelan Peel cost?

At our Natural Skincare Clinic, we charge between $800 and $1400 for a Cosmelan peel. This includes the two in-clinic treatments, which must be administered by one of our licensed estheticians, and the at-home care pack, which includes topical creams that must be used for the duration of your treatment. 

The cost of the treatment varies because it depends on what parts of your skin you're treating as well as the amount of Cosmelan cream needed for your specific skin goals.

How long is the Cosmelan Peel down time?

Generally, you can expect the peel to take about seven to 14 days to take effect, and you may experience some peeling and sensitivity during that time. In most cases, downtime will last between 10 and 14 days.

How long does a Cosmelan Peel last?

You can begin seeing results as quickly as a week after removing the Cosmelan peel mask, with full results visible in about four to five weeks. With proper care and maintenance, results can last up to 18 months.

How often can you do Cosmelan Peels?

In general, it's best to wait at least 12 months between Cosmelan peels. However, you can repeat it every six months if you want to, although the results of the Cosmelan peel should last longer than six months with proper care.

Can you wear makeup after a Cosmelan Peel?

Because your face will be healing and your skin will be peeling, you should wait for at least seven to 14 days before wearing makeup after a Cosmelan peel. 


Get Glowing Skin With The Natural Skincare Clinic

At our Natural Skincare Clinic in Denver, we understand how important it is to have healthy, glowing skin. That's why we offer a range of safe and effective treatments, including the Cosmelan peel, to treat various skin conditions. 

Our experienced team will work with you to determine the best treatment for your skin and lifestyle. Whether you are looking to reduce hyperpigmentation or smoothen out acne scars, we can help you achieve the beautiful, healthy skin you desire.