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How Much Lighter Can Cosmelan Make Your Complexion?

If you want to lighten your complection and suffer from hyperpigmentation, How much lighter can it make you? (African Skin)

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Hyperpigmentation and Skin lightening creams

Our office specializes in skin lightening procedures. These treatments are designed to improve your complexion, not necessarily to lighten dark skin. 


Dr. Karamanoukian 
Los Angeles

Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 69 reviews

804 7th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90403

Cosmelan for correcting hyperpigmentation, not lightening

Cosmelan is designed to help blend areas of Hyperpigmentation. Sun exposure will darken any skin and promote increased color, both overall and as a catalyst for unwanted concentrations of pigment. As a long term program for actually lightening skin, you may seem some mild effects, but you won't be able to lift color substantially. In other words, don't look for a bleach effect.

By blending the hyper pigmented areas, you'll feel like your skin is lighter overall. Good skin care will provide more radiance and light reflection by preventing cell buildup which can make skin look ashy or darker.

Aggressively treating African skin can end up causing loss of natural pigmentation in an uneven way, so don't undertake a self-concocted lightening program.

Sun protection is your best friend when it comes to pigmentation control.

Rebecca Fitzgerald, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
4.0 out of 5 stars 21 reviews

321 North Larchmont Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90004

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