Cosmelan : Does Cosmelan Work?

Q: As a person with a darker skin tone, I have always had small patches on my face that are significantly darker than others. I know a lot of people in my culture get this and I was hoping there might be something I can do about it. I’ve looked at a few beauty creams that are designed to brighten the skin, but I think I need something more heavy-duty. I saw an advertisement for Cosmelan and wondered if you could tell me more about it?
Expert Answer

Like many skin lightening products on the market, Cosmelan is directed at those with more than just simple age spots they want to get rid of, although it does claim to treat these too. As a ‘depigmentation’ product, it helps to eliminate the dark patches on the skin caused by an over-production of melanin (pigmentation). Very often people with darker skin tones suffer from this, although it can be caused simply by hormonal changes and over-exposure to the sun.

While many brands of lightener do work to a certain extent, some take longer than others, and often it is those that have a faster effect that contain harsher ingredients. The brand Cosmelan is a mixture of both safer and more controversial ingredients, the latter being Kojic Acid, Phytic acid and Azelaic acid. Kojic acid in particular is thought to be a carcinogenic, i.e. cancer-causing ingredient, and can actually cause more sensitivity to the sun in some users. Phytic acid, which is found in soy, is said to inhibit the uptake of certain minerals while Azelaic acid, often used to treat Rosacea, can result in skin irritation and burning sensations. The ingredient Arbutin, which is also in this formula, is generally deemed to be safe, and is an anti-oxidant that also helps block the formation of Tyrosinase (part of the melanin production process).

While this brand is certainly not as harsh as some on the market, it would always be recommended to test the cream on a small patch of skin first, and not proceed if any sign of irritation occurs.

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Published Date
June 13, 2011
Last Updated
September 19, 2013

About Linda Daniels

Linda Daniels, MA in English literature, has reviewed many wrinkle, eye and skin brightener creams. Read her articles to know about wrinkle, eye and skin brightener creams and how to take care of your face by simple tips and tricks. She is contributing to since 2011.

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  • The product is pricey but it is a good treatment for my dark patches. Although I experience some irritation and redness over my skin for a few days in the initial period, but later it starts working and since then I had no problem with this product.