At Celibre we have developed two topical programs to safely and effectively treat
and control problem Melasma:
Our Melasma treatments use a combination of topical products. The
program used for your situation depends on what you have tried in the past as well
as your skin type – Asian, Hispanic, Caucasian, African - and your life stage
- premenopausal, perimenopausal or postmenopausal. Our Melasma treatment programs
use depigmentation agents as well as exfoliating treatments like glycolic acid chemical
The difference between the traditional methodology of using just a hydroquinone
product is that we understand the importance of thinning the stratum corneum (outer
layer of dead skin cells) through exfoliation to increase the absorption of the
depigmtation agents. We are also acutely aware of the FDA warning to limit the use
of hydrouinone to a 3 month period before having the patient washout for another
3 months (where they do not use hydroquinone).
Melasma Before and After Pictures
One of the depigmentation products we use for Melasma treatment, Cosmelan MD, is
a newer and advanced depigmentation program. It consists of an in-office mask and
take home products that utilize several high strength depigmentation compounds including
hydroquinone that can be used to safely and effectively inhibit the development
of the pigment associated with Melasma. Because the product uses high strength depigmentation
agents AND exfoliation agents, we have found it to be an excellent alternative to
those that have used hydroquinone creams in the past.
The Celibre depigmantation program does use a hydroquinone active ingredient between
6% - 8% (4% is the most that can be used in an over the counter product). The Celibre
depigmation uses prescription strength hydrquinone (up to 8% currently), and is
different from many other bleaching programs because of the in office chemical peels
performed to increase absorption of the active ingredients. In addition, we do not
keep our patients on Hydroquinone for more than 3 months at a time because of the
FDA advisory against this practice. During the period in between hydroquionone treatments,
another topical depigmantation product is used that does not contain any Hydroquinone.
We believe that alternating our patients on and off of Hydroquinone is the safest
way to use the product long term.
Contact us now or come to one of our conveniently located Los Angeles or Orange County offices for a free
consultation. Our professional and courteous medical staff will take the time to
help you understand your condition better and how our treatment programs can help.
Contact us today to schedule a FREE Melasma consultation! Ask about our Asian Skin Whitening program.
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