Healthier, More Even Skin

The Cosmelan peel is one of the most effective peels for sun damage and discoloration. Made of a mixture of highly effective ingredients, this peel exfoliates pigmentation, very effectively without the use of any heat or energy. 

What Can the Cosmelan Peel Address?

  • Sun damage and discoloration like freckles and sunspots
  • Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation
  • Melasma
  • Uneven skin tone
  • Enlarged pores
  • Acne and brown pigmentation from old acne
  • Dull skin

How it Works

The peel works via two different mechanisms.  First, the peel itself causes a true “peel” of the skin – exfoliating pigment and old skin cells. Then aggressive topical bleaches are applied continually for the following weeks to turn down the pigment production in the skin. A second touch-up peel is typically applied about 6 weeks after the first to further improve pigmentation

What Happens During Treatment?

Before treatment, your skin will be cleansed. Once your skin is prepped, we will apply the Cosmelan solution, which looks and feels like peanut butter. In fact, it’s often referred to as “the peanut butter peel”. The peel is applied evenly in a “spackle” type of coverage, and while it doesn’t hurt at all, some patients do feel a mild tingling as it works on the skin. Once the peel has been properly applied, you will leave our office with it still on, and you must leave it on your face for 8 to 10 hours.


Recovery and Results

After your Cosmelan peel, you’ll have some redness, swelling, peeling, and slight irritation (like a sunburn) for about two weeks.

This is all completely normal, and part of the recovery process. You will need to refrain from wearing makeup for 7-10 days following treatment.

After two weeks, your skin will have shed the sun damage, discoloration, and will typically stop “peeling”. Maximum results are visible at about 4 to 5 weeks, which is why the touchup peel is then done at 6 weeks after the first.  Strict adherence to the prescribed skincare treatment throughout is crucial to obtain good results. 

Dr. Karyn Grossman, MD

Why Choose Grossman Dermatology?

Dr. Karyn Grossman’s long-established, high-end cosmetic dermatology center is a favorite of celebrities and everyday patients alike. Dr. Grossman is a board-certified, Harvard fellowship-trained cosmetic dermatologist who is widely recognized by the media for her exceptional results and knowledge. She is also an instructor, Key Opinion Leader, author, and presenter in the aesthetics industry. Dr. Grossman believes in fully educating her patients before carrying out any treatment so that they understand the complete process, and how it will work for them. If you’re interested in the Cosmelan peel, we welcome you to reach out to us to set up your consultation. 

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