I've been dealing with hyperpigmentation for a...
I've been dealing with hyperpigmentation for a year and a half, which I believe was a result of three months use of Vivance for exams and accompanying acne/irritation. I was devastated and sometimes avoided daytime activities with friends. I tried Apeele chemical peel four times, but with minimal results, most of the pigmentation would come back after a few weeks (although it's still a great peel for other issues). On my fifth treatment, my doctor recommended Cosmelan, saying that it's specifically designed for my condition. I was hesitant due to the fact that it's three times more expensive, but took the risk. I don't mind spending the money for great results and I already spent over $1,500 for all Apeele treatments. I did the Cosmelan peel and been using step two twice a day, I also did a touch up peel two weeks after my initial peel. It's been one month now and the pigmentation is completely gone! I felt trapped with my insecurity before and it's an amazing feeling to be free and back to normal. I recommend this product to anyone with such issues.
Five Months Later
I was using Step 2 daily for about a month after the peel back in July, then discontinued use because all the pigmentation was completely gone. I was told that strict sun protection is critical post-Cosmelan. But I was a bit overoptimistic - I took a trip in September to a sunny place where I used the Cosmelan sun protection cream, but only applied it once a day, and to my horror got some pigmentation back, including the mustache area where I've never had it before, although slight. I considered having the peel done again, but doctor said I should wait a year at least and that it's not recommended as it might not work the second time or could make matters worse - this seemed strange. I decided to resume the use of Step 2 for another two months and saw some improvements again. I've been off the product for almost a month now. Skin looks good, but not great, slight pigmentation is still there (perhaps it's so slight that I only notice it). Overall, I would highly recommend this product to anyone dealing with pigmentation. It's the best I've tried, and overall, my skin today is 60% to 70% better than before the treatment.
In addition to the "Five Months Later" update....
In addition to the the update I just posted, perhaps if I followed doctor's instructions and used strict sun protection my long-term results would have been better. Cosmelan claims that clients experience up to 80% (sometimes 90%) improvement, I still think this claim is valid.
Two people complimented my skin who've known me for a long time and were not aware of my procedure. It is such a liberating feeling not having to limit yourself because of your skin issues, and I am grateful for Cosmelan.
I did the Cosmelan Peel again few days ago, six months later after my first peel. As I mentioned before, my skin is about 60% better but some slight pigmentation remained on my forehead and temple area. I decided to do it again for more improvement. This is probably the last time I am doing the peel (I wasn't even sure if second time is really necessary). To anyone considering Cosmelan, please note, I heard there are two versions of the peel, the original (the onei did) is supposed to be more effective. Make sure your doctor uses the original.
I am closing my account, so won't be able to post more updates. Anyone who is dealing with hyperpigmentation or melasma should try this product.
Two Week Update
14 Feb 2014
7 months post
Things are going well, I've been using Step 2 twice a day and almost all pigmentation is gone (I can barely see it in a few areas). I plan using Step 2 for about 3 more weeks and will do touch up in a week. I had two strangers compliment my skin.