Skin discoloration—sometimes called hyperpigmentation—can affect your self-confidence and your natural beauty. These patches of skin discoloration are often distracting and unsightly, and can be difficult to cover up with makeup. Fortunately, you can alleviate hyperpigmentation with a mélange peel, giving your skin a smoother texture and even tone.
What is a Mélange Peel?
A Mélange Peel is a specialized superficial chemical peel for hyperpigmentation. Superficial skin peels destroy the uppermost levels of skin so that new, fresh skin can grow in its place. As with all superficial peels, the Mélange Peel uses dilute acids, in this case Hydroquinone and Retinoid, as primary active ingredients. Hydroquinone helps decrease the melanocyte cell activity, the cells that make pigment, and the Retinoid, causing peeling which removes the dead skin cells. The Mélange Peel is safe to use on all skin tones and types, unlike peels which are only recommended for people with lighter skin tones because of the possibility of induced skin discoloration.
How Does a Mélange Peel Work?
A Mélange Peel treatment is a two-step process. First, a trained esthetician or nurse will apply the Mélange Peel in the form of a masque over the course of about 20 minutes. The peel doesn’t hurt at all during the application process—in fact, some patients call it soothing. Then, the at-home products that are included in your cit and instructions on how to use them will be reviewed with you.
Next, you will actually be sent home as the masque continues to work on your face over the next 5 to 10 hours, depending on your skin type. Once it’s done, you will remove the masque yourself in the comfort of your own home using the cleanser provided in your kit. You will not see much difference in your face at this point. The next day, your skin will be tight and shiny. At 48 hours from your treatment time, the treated skin will rapidly exfoliate, shedding both dead skin cells and the excess pigmentation. This heavier peeling will continue for about a week, at which time you should begin to see immediate improvements of the dark spots on your face. You will continue to use a cream that is included in your kit each night for the next month, called the Mélange II Cream, which has the hydroquinone and retinol in it as the mask did, but at a much weaker strength. This will continue the process of making your skin look brighter, but without the peeling.
What Happens After a Mélange Peel? Are There Side Effects?
After you remove the Mélange Peel masque, you will have to follow an easy but vital after-care regiment for the treated areas. The trained esthetician or nurse applying the masque will go over what you will need to do and for how long, depending again on your skin type.
During this time, your skin might feel a little sensitive, similar to the effects of a light sunburn. Your skin will most likely also peel for 4-7 days afterwards. Treated skin is vulnerable to direct sunlight, and therefore you are advised to avoid sun exposure while you recover and use the provided sunscreen that is in your take home kit. However, beyond these symptoms, a Mélange Peel causes no pain or major irritation.
In some cases, the skin care professional working with you may recommend a few touch-up treatments, but most individuals need only one Mélange Peel treatment to achieve their desired results.
Love Your Skin Again
If you suffer from dark spots or any other form of skin discoloration, a Mélange Peel could be the way to achieve smoother, more evenly toned skin again and to regain confidence in your natural beauty. The skin care professionals at the Elizabeth Roche, M.D. MedSpa will help you determine your beauty goals and whether a mélange peel is right for you. Don’t let skin discoloration drag you down. Contact us today for a consultation.