Next Phase of dermamelan Opens Discussion Around Depigmentation of the Intimate Area

mesoestetic’s Dr Nestor Torres explains what causes hyperpigmentation and how dermamelan is used to treat the condition in the intimate area. 

mesoestetic Pharma Group, under the Australian distribution of AC Skin Group (FKA Advanced Cosmeceuticals) has announced the launch of dermamelan intimate. The news follows the recent launch of the reformulated dermamelan for face.

dermamalan is the brand’s next tier offering in the treatment of the appearance of dark spots on the skin. The treatment system has been in development at mesoestetic HQ in Barcelona for the last five years.

Dr Nestor Torres has worked with the mesoestetic Spain team for 12 years as an International Consultant. His role involves teaching and training beauty practitioners on the brand’s advanced treatment offerings. Dr Torres spoke to Professional Beauty on how exactly hyperpigmentation develops.

What is hyperpigmentation?

“Hyperpigmentation starts in the central nervous system. The hypothesis produces a melanin stimulating hormone that will attack the adrenal gland. In this adrenal gland we produce cortisol, which is an inflammatory substance. And then from this spectrum, all the body will be inflamed, and the manifestation on the skin is basically hyperpigmentation.”

Hyperpigmentation forms as a result of a compromised immune system. “That’s why some people respond to these cosmetic treatments in a different way than others. Some people might have more of a skin response, more inflammation, redness, they might have more itchiness depending on the level of inflammation. Some people might respond with what seems like an allergic response.” 

There are no deciding factors on who is affected; it’s an individual response. Those who engage an inflammatory response are therefore vulnerable to bouts of hyperpigmentation. Regardless of which response impacts a client, dermamelan works to lessen the appearance of it.

On the treatment, Dr Torres says: “this formula was created based on scientific evidence that shows that there are many signaling pathways that stimulate the melanocytes to produce melanin.”

dermamelan and hyperpigmentation

dermamelan works to interrupt the production of melanin. In order to take the results produced by dermamelan to the next level, Dr Torres explains that scientists needed to take a new approach to treating pigmentation.

“[In the past], our approach to treat pigmentation was basically removing the appearance of melanin deposits from the surface, and basically trying to minimise the visible impact of melanin production.” Despite the removal of such deposits from the skin’s surface, it was found melanin formation could continue to occur at a deeper level. “What we learnt was there are many other [factors] stimulating these melanocytes to produce melanin. That’s why we were led to these new pathways in trying to improve the whole process.”

The new dermamelan molecule consists of two patented ingredients: melaphenonⓇ and (SYN)pigmentargetⓇ. Active ingredients are encapsulated by means of nanovesicles and delivered via iontophoresis.

For dermamelan intimate, a [meso] intimate systemⓇ combines with [GL] InflammⓇ . Treatment can be applied to the genitoperineal area, perianal area, mons pubis, inner thighs and groins.

Treating the intimate area

“There is a huge difference between the facial skin and the intimate area skin. It’s more risky to cause more skin responses in the intimate area because the skin lacks sebaceous glands. So the protection of the skin is less dealing with the face. The concentration is lighter when we use dermamelan for the intimate area. So far, we haven’t had any issues; we see good results after one application.”

“It’s more risky to cause more skin responses in the intimate area because their skin lacks sebaceous glands. So the protection of the skin is less dealing with the face.”

For the face, dermamelan’s treatment time is four hours with a total treatment time of four months (down from 8-12 hours and six months respectively with cosmelan and the previous dermamelan formulation). “dermamelan’s active particles are very small nanovesicles, which will penetrate the skin much easier. So the absorption is higher, and so the effectiveness is much more powerful.” For the intimate area, the professional mask is only left for two hours with a total treatment time of three months. 

The at-home protocol consists of products used twice-daily, morning and night. Dr Torres reminds clinicians and their clients to be consistent with following this protocol. “People expect skin brightening overnight, and sometimes it doesn’t occur. When we start adding other treatments to the protocol, we start seeing some other results.” 

Training to perform dermamelan is the same as that for cosmelan, however dermamelan is considered a medical-grade treatment. Further training in treatment of the intimate area is also required for that offering.

mesoestetic’s professional and at-home dermamelan intimate treatments

The future

When it comes to the future of hyperpigmentation treatment, Dr Torres invites clinicians to see it in a holistic way and not just as a cosmetic problem. “It is important for us in cosmetic medicine to learn how to use the tools that we have. I want to see that people are going to be more involved with anti-ageing, dealing with hormonal issues, metabolic changes, immunological changes, that by preventing or working on these changes, we might minimise hyperpigmentation formation in the future. We should know more about what is happening with our clients.”

For those interested in offering dermamelan at their clinic, AC Skin Group will provide guidance and offer an extensive training program for businesses to help with the onboarding process. For more information, call 1800 242 011.

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