Melasma Cosmelan Face Peel
Hi friends! Can you believe the difference!? I can’t believe the melasma flare up I had. (hormones getting messed up by my gluten allergy!) I honestly felt so uncomfortable in my own skin. I had to write a review about this Cosmelan Face Peel I had almost 4 weeks ago. It changed my SKIN!! I couldn’t be happier with the results. I can finally be make-up free and I feel so gooood about it! Melasma affects more than 70% of all women. Did you know that? I was shocked by that number. Melasma tends to look like a brown map on your face of uneven pigment. It might look like patches in certain areas. Melasma needs to be addressed by checking hormones, GI, liver function, healthy gut, digestion and diet. All of these can be reasons for your melasma. Many of you know I was diagnosed with a gluten allergy and celiac disease. During the process of figuring out what was happening on the inside of my body, my skin manifested this crazy dark pigment on my cheek areas. I didn’t get the pigment anywhere else, it stayed right on the sides of my face. I’ve been gluten free now for over 3 months and I feel amazing. Better than I’ve ever felt.
#1 If you have melasma it is hormonal. Figure out what is happening on the inside of your body. Having a gluten allergy creates all sorts of problems with your thyroid (adrenals) and hormones if you continue to have gluten in your diet. Get a blood test and get your hormone levels checked. Chances are your body can be creating too much estrogen or perhaps it’s a birth control pill you need to get off. Your thyroid is a major contributor to melasma issues. Have everything checked! After a pregnancy your hormones can change and become completely out of wack. This is all normal and can be treated.
#2 DIET! Change your eating habits. Commit to eating more veggies and fruits. There are tons of websites that tell you what to eat if you are prone to melasma. I eat dark greens in my salads and make a smoothie once a day. My smoothie combo— kale,spinach,avocado,coconut water,banana,pineapple. Get rid of processed foods in your diet. This includes sugar. Try and have sugar become a once a week slurge. Do not have it daily. You don’t need it. It can cause your gut to be full of toxins. This can trigger hormonal imbalances leading to melasma. Some vitamins are known to prevent melasma and help with maintainence. Take a MULTI-VITAMIN & PROBIOTIC when you wake up. I also take zinc, msm and cod liver oil. I eat dinner around 6:30 and I don’t eat again until 10am the next day. This gives my digestive system time to heal while I sleep instead of breaking down food while I sleep. Water– drink 2-3 liters a day. This is crucial to keeping a healthy digestive system. Keep the toxins moving out of your body.
#3 HEAT – If you have Melasma, it’s not just about covering up from the sun. It’s regulating heat within your body as well. Hot saunas, hot yoga, steaming showers…all of these can trigger melasma. Use SPF 50 indoors and outdoors! I don’t use anything less. Also UVA rays come through your car windows, house windows, work windows. Wear sunscreen indoors and outdoors. Even in the winter months.
#4 MYTHS– Most people think lasers are the best approach to treating Melasma. This is so WRONG!! Don’t laser melasma, ever!! Like never, ever, ever!! You will make the problem 100X worse. The approach to treating melasma should be with prescription ingredients done over time. Chemical peels will be your best friend. DIY MASKS – do these help? No. I had zero success with these. In fact when I told my doctor I did some of these she said they can actually make them worse. Never put lemon juice on your skin. Way too acidic.
#5 AT HOME REGIMEN – You need a vitamin C product to wear every single day under your sunscreen. I can’t express this enough. Get a VITAMIN C! I stick to a couple. These are all approved by me and my doctors. VITAMIN C | VITAMIN C | VITAMIN C
morning regimen- 1. wake up wash face EXFOLIANT CLEANSER , instant glow, 2. apply VITAMIN C (let absorb for 1 minute), 3. apply moisturizer, 4. apply SUNSCREEN 5. eye balm ,(best around and not near as expensive as what I was using from my doctor. It’s half the price and amazing!) and in the mornings I put this on 6. ANTI-AGING CONCEALER/ for under eyes and anywhere.(can cover dark spots, bags under eyes, veins, pigment, break outs, scars) If I was stranded on a island this is the one product I’d take. I’m lost without it. I actually feel naked when I’m not wearing it. 7. COLORSCIENCE STICK doubles as my powder
night regimen -1. wash face 2.prescription products (get from derm) Triple Lipid Restore
#6 Wear SUNSCREEN every day. Indoors and outdoors. You need physical protection like zinc oxide. Did you know diaper rash cream is full of zinc oxide. If you are in a situation and need to make sure your skin is covered up you can wear it. Approved sunscreen – SUNSCREEN 1 | SUNSCREEN 2 (both spf 50)
I keep this SPF50 STICK in my purse at all times. Easy to apply when I’m out and need more. I use this COLORSCIENCE STICK on top of my SPF50 lotion every day. I double up! The colorscience is pigmented and goes on like powder. ( I use medium)
#6 Try COSMELAN PEEL. This changed my skin! I’m so happy with the results. I peeled for over 2 weeks and my face looked like I had a sunburn. Other than that, it’s painless. It is worth every penny. When you arrive at the doctor’s office it only takes 5 minutes to apply the mask. Did you watch on instagram how I had to wear it around for 8 hours! You don’t wash it off until your doctor gives you the time. I trained home from NYC and still did carpool. The mask is like a muddy brown color. Kind of gross but I was desperate to have it work. I noticed results instantly and felt like myself again. I’ve never had a skin condition like this. I really empathize with anyone that does. Don’t give up. It won’t last forever. It is treatable.
To find a derm in your area google cosmelan peel, doctor’s office. Don’t buy the kit online. It’s not the same thing. Your doctor adds prescription strength ingredients to the kit and has it blended at a pharmacy. Make sure and do this in a doctor’s office.
I hope this helps and gives you hope. I can’t believe how bad my Melasma got this summer. I’m so happy to help others figure out how to get rid of melasma. Leave me questions if you have them!
I wanted to go over a few skin care staples that I use religiously. For example, I get facials pretty often to help control my MELASMA (pigmentation). It helps tremendously and I love to learn about skin during every visit so I made it a priority. It’s never very relaxing because I honestly talk the entire time (lol). I now bring my own NuFace(R) mini Facial Toning Device to every appointment and add 20 minutes of this to each facial I do. The science is there ladies! The electric microcurrent tones & tightens, while providing a workout for your face/neck. Bye-bye jowls and chicken neck! This at home toning device really works. It’s just like exercise for your body. When you stop exercising your body starts to experience muscle loss. The same goes with your face and neck! Think about investing in this. I’ve had mine for two years now.
Read about my other staples below…..
- BeautyBio Rose Quartz Roller – the best facial roller I’ve used. Two sides for under eye area and entire face. I like to keep mine cold in the refrigerator.
- NuFace(R) mini Facial Toning Device– the more I talk to my Dermatologist and skin care professionals about this I’m convinced everyone needs this. You can use this electric microcurrent in your own home. Skin care has advanced so much! Use this every night for quick results. You will see tightening and toning happen before your very eyes. I get this done during my facials and was scolded for not using my at-home device on a regular basis. It works on your neck too!
- Sunday Riley Good Genes Treatment – Have you heard of this! I was just introduced to this and I’m crazy about it. Your skin instantly looks like you’ve had a peel or facial. Leave it bright and glowy.
- DrX Spotlite Blemish Reducer – best blemish spot reducer tool!
- Skin Inc. Optimizer Voyage Tri-Light – I’ve talked about LED therapy a bunch on this blog. This device does it all!
- Nurse Jamie Uplift Facial Trio – I bought this during the big Nordstrom sale. So glad I did. You’ll never need to go to a spa again. You’ll be addicted in your own home to this at home facial kit.
- ReFa Carat Face Beauty Roller Tool – I bought my ReFa in Japan in April. All the Korean skin care gurus told me I had to have it and they were right! I keep it in my shower and use it on my face and neck every morning for 5 minutes. The tutorial given to tone your face is brilliant and it works! It’s a manual tool that can be tossed in your bag, purse, or shower. Use it on the go and with your favorite serums. It’s also a great tool for travel.
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