May 19, 2018

Dermamelan Aftercare

Written by Dr Kate Jameson

application of Dermamelan Depigmentation peel

Thank you for attending Youth Lab for Dermamelan. Please take the time to carefully read your post-treatment instructions below.


Removal of Dermamelan Mask

  • The total treatment application time for the Dermamelan Mask and Ion mask is 4 hours.
  • On completion of application time, remove and dispose of the Dermamelan Ion Mask and rinse the cream mask thoroughly with lukewarm water until fully removed, allowing the skin to air dry. Your skin will appear red and warm. 
  • For the first 48 hours post removal you may only apply Melan Recovery and Melan 130 pigment control SPF, reapplying as often as required for comfort.



  • Strict avoidance of heat, sweat and the sun is essential during the depigmentation treatment recovery.
  • Avoid hot steamy showers, spas, saunas for at least 72 hours
  • No salt or chlorinated swimming for 72 hours
  • No heavy or high-intensity exercise must be avoided in the first 72 hours.
  • All other facial treatments such as facial waxing, threading, and epilating must be avoided for up to 6-8 weeks post-treatment unless otherwise advised.
  • Continued use of homecare active products is recommended indefinitely. The provided products are as per MESOESTETIC DERMAMELAN AFTERCARE PROTOCOL (see aftercare below)


The listed below are all normal side effects and should self-resolve within a few days to weeks.

  • After the treatment, your face will feel red, irritated and/or sensitive.
  • Swelling will also be experienced in the first week. The severity of these temporary effects varies between individuals and can be mild to quite significant
  • After days 2 and 3, some mild to moderate skin shedding and peeling can begin, which can last up to 2 weeks.
  • Sensitive Skin
  • Cracks, crusting, scabbing and oozing of the skin
  • Tight and dry skin. After the initial shedding process, your skin may still feel tight and dry for several weeks and the skin can appear pink and “new” for up to 3 months. The severity of red/pinkness can vary between individuals. This “new” skin must be treated with care at all times. 
  • Congestion. If underlying congestion in the skin is present or you can be breakout or blemish-prone, you can experience some breakouts or pimples during this phase. If this occurs they are very short-lived, resolve fairly quickly. This purging is very normal.
  • If you have a history of eczema or dermatitis, as well as herpes simplex (cold sores), please be aware through disturbing the immune function of the skin and inducing inflammation, these symptoms can temporarily arise. In the case of cold sores, it is recommended to take a course of preventative antiviral medication before and after your treatment. Please let your practitioner know if these symptoms arise.
  • SPF 50+ must be worn at all times and reapplied routinely throughout the day, approximately every 4 hours rain, hail or shine regardless of whether you have plans to head outside.

For further information on how to manage these side effects, please see ‘Management’. 

On-going aftercare – Begins 72 Hours Following Treatment for 4 months.


  • Hydracream Fusion Cream Cleanser
  • Hydratonic Mist
  • Skin Balance Cream
  • Dermamelan Treatment Cream – can be mixed with Skin Balance cream to assist with tolerance.
  • Melan Recovery
  • SPF – Mesoprotech Melan 130 Pigment Control


  • Hydracream Fusion Cream Cleanser
  • Hydratonic Mist
  • Anti-Stress Mask – can be used nightly or on alternate nights. Apply for 10-15 minutes, remove gently with tepid water.
  • Skin Balance Cream
  • Dermamelan Treatment Cream – can be mixed with Skin Balance cream to assist with tolerance.
  • Melan Recovery

After Month 4

Mixing in preferred skin care cleansers, tonics, toners and serum ingredients such as vitamin C, hyaluronic acid and other antioxidants is permitted as directed by your practitioner. 

You may stop using the Dermamelan treatment cream in the daytime routine and continue only with PM applications, however, continuing the Dermamelan treatment cream usage at night is required for 6 months. 

An example of a routine is below.


  • Hydracream Fusion Cream Cleanser
  • Hydratonic Mist
  • Anti-ageing/Antioxidant treatment active of choice – Vitamin C or antioxidants.
  • Melan Recovery or Preferred Moisturiser
  • SPF – Mesoprotech Melan 130 Pigment Control


  • Hydracream Fusion Cream Cleanser
  • Hydratonic Mist
  • Antioxidant Active of Choice – Hyaluronic acid, Peptide Serums NO RETINOL required.
  • Dermamelan Treatment Cream 
  • Melan Recovery or preferred moisturiser

*Anti Stress Mask or Hydrating/Nourishing Antioxidant Mask of choice can be used 1-3 times weekly – Apply for 10-15 minutes, remove gently with tepid water before continuing with the night routine.



Swelling relief

  • A cool compress
  • Sleeping on 2 pillows
  • Antihistamines (for example, 10mg of loratadine daily). 

Skin cracks and sensitivity

Sensitive areas around the eyes, nose and creases of the chin and mouth are particularly prone to sensitivity, increased shedding, crusting, scabbing or oozing which may “crack” with natural motions or movement of the face: eating, drinking, talking and smiling.  

Skin cracks and sensitivity relief 

  • Regular applications of Melan Recovery
  • Use of Stratacel or Bepanthen can also assist.


How long until I see results?

During the first and second week of the Dermamelan program, substantial visible improvement in the level of pigmentation can be seen, however, the in clinic Mask application only forms a small portion of the overall treatment program.

It is vital to strictly follow the ongoing at home depigmentation protocol to continue the depigmentation process. It is normal to experience “ups and downs” (darkening and lightening) with the visibility of deeper underlying pigment that is being treated with this ongoing process and the final result is seen after 6-9 months of treatment.

When should I get another treatment? 

Your practitioner will inform you when to schedule the Healite LED Therapy sessions following your Dermamelan Treatment, as well as any further treatments that may be recommended to enhance your final results.

Many find a repeat treatment at 6 months gives the most optimal results however annual maintenance treatments are also effective. It is very much a case-by-case basis as every skin responds differently to treating pigmentation.

Occasionally, further Dermamelan maintenance cream may be required if pigmentation is severe or if aftercare instructions were not followed correctly. Please note that if you require any further Dermamelan maintenance cream, this costs $398. 

How long do the results last?

The majority of clients experience a significant improvement after just one treatment. Longer term results are dependent on strict home care (as provided as part of the treatment as well as the recommendations made for maintenance) as well as continued avoidance of sun exposure, triggers for melasma and daily use of broad spectrum SPF.

Home care and use of a pigment suppressor must be continued long term, even past the initial 6 months to maintain pigment suppression and the quality of the skin that is achieved following Dermamelan (this is especially important in cases of hormonally driven pigment such as melasma). Other products or your regular skincare regime may be used following the 16 weeks of formal Dermamelan treatment at the discretion and recommendation of your dermal practitioner.

Please contact the clinic on (08) 9324 1604 (West Perth), (08) 9260 6800 (Claremont), (08) 9260 6880 (Joondalup) or (08) 9260 6820 (Applecross) if you have any questions about your treatment or aftercare instructions.