Cosmelan is an effective cosmetic depigmentation method that is 95% effective for epidermal (superficial) pigmentation. Cosmelan is the world’s leading de-pigmentation treatment and is suitable for all skin colours.

The Cosmelan method inhibits the formation of melanin and triggers progressive flaking of the skin decreasing pre-existing melanin deposits to remove or lighten dark patches on the skin.

Cosmelan acts on those cells that are responsible for skin pigmentation by controlling pigment production in those areas that are currently over producing pigment.

Additionally the Cosmelan method also brightens and unifies skin tone and regulates sebum production.

The Cosmelan method uses a combination of active ingredients to treat hyperpigmentation

  • Kojic Acid
  • Octadecenedioic acid
  • Vitamin C
  • Tyrosinol complex
  • Niacinamide
  • Salicylic acid
  • Nonpeptide 1
  • Liquorice extract
  • Aloe Vera extract

The Cosmelan Process

Initially you will need a skin consultation to evaluate your suitability for the Cosmelan Method. The treatment is applied by our registered nurse Naomi Hough to ensure maximum safety and efficacy.

  1. Firstly your face is cleansed and toned with the Mesoestetic Hydramilk Cleanser and Hydratonic and then degreased with Cosmelan exfoliating solution.
  1. The Cosmelan 1 depigmentation mask is then applied. The mask is left on the skin as you leave the clinic and then remains on for a period of 8 to 12 hours depending on your skin type.
  1. After the advised time period the patient then washes the mask off with water.
  2. The second part of the Cosmelan Method then begins with your homecare products. Cosmelan 2 Maintenance cream is your home care maintenance cream with de-pigmenting active substances. For the first 15 days post the Cosmelan 1 mask the maintenance cream must be applied 3 times a day, for the next 15 days twice a day, then for the next 2 months once a day at night.

Three months supply of home care products specific to your Cosmelan treatment is included in your package.

  • Hydramilk cleanser
  • Hydratonic
  • Hydra Vital Face Mask
  • Post Procedure Fast Skin Repair
  • Actinica SPF 50+
  • Cosmelan 2 Maintenance cream

Side Effects

  • Swelling and redness can be significant and are more pronounced on days one through three.
  • Skin flaking and peeling are expected side effects of the treatment and may last up to 7 days
  • Burning/stinging may occur when applying the home care products
  • Tight skin sensation which can be relieved with repeated application of the home care products
  • Is it also advisable to avoid exposure to heat and direct light post-treatment.

Who is Cosmelan suitable for?

Cosmelan is suitable for all skin colours and skin types however should be avoided in those with

  • Sunburnt skin – avoid UV exposure for 2 weeks prior. Those who have lifestyles with significant sun exposure are not suitable for Cosmelan.
  • Pregnancy and breastfeeding
  • Dermatological diseases
  • Treatment with prescription oral Vitamin A or antibiotics
  • Bacterial, fungal, viral or cold sore infections


The Cosmelan method is a single treatment and is packaged together with

home care skin products (3 months supply valued at $700). The cost of a Cosmelan package is $1250 and treatments may be performed every four to nine months.

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