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Pigmentation

I have been using these products since a cosmalan peel 6 months ago. I have one stubborn patch of pigment. Two questions, is there anything else I can use to try and eliminate it and secondly, are there any products I can use that are similar but not as expensive. Thank you for any advice.

AM - Everyday
1
Brightening Foam Mesoestetic - Brightening Foam
2
AOX Ferulic Mesoestetic - AOX Ferulic
3
Melan Tran Intensive Depigmenting Concentrate Mesoestetic - Melan Tran Intensive Depigmenting Concentrate
AM - Every other day
1
Anti-Aging Flash Ampoules Anti-Aging Solution Mesoestetic - Anti-Aging Flash Ampoules Anti-Aging Solution
PM - Everyday
1
Brightening Foam Mesoestetic - Brightening Foam
2
Cosmelan 2 Depigmentation Cream Mesoestetic - Cosmelan 2 Depigmentation Cream
3
HA Densimatrix Mesoestetic - HA Densimatrix
4
Melan Tran Intensive Depigmenting Concentrate Mesoestetic - Melan Tran Intensive Depigmenting Concentrate
PM - Every other day
1
Anti-Aging Flash Ampoules Anti-Aging Solution Mesoestetic - Anti-Aging Flash Ampoules Anti-Aging Solution
2
3
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I'd say you can exchange the Mesoestetic Brightening Foam cleanser to a simple gentle cleanser, for example - https://whatsinmyjar.com/product/me-superdrug-me-hyaluronic-acid-supersize-cleanser - https://whatsinmyjar.com/product/neutrogena-hydro-boost-gentle-cleansing-lotion If you prefer a cleanser with a bit of exfoliation, you could try this one: - https://whatsinmyjar.com/product/aveeno-calm-restore-tm-nourishing-pha-facial-exfoliator This is an almost identical product to the Mesoestetic AOX Ferulic: https://whatsinmyjar.com/product/paulas-choice-resist-c15-super-booster This is a close alternative to Mesoestetic Melan Tran Intensive Depigmenting Concentrate https://whatsinmyjar.com/product/topicals-faded-serum-for-dark-spots-discoloration. I'd skip the Mesoestetic Anti-Aging Flash Ampoules Anti-Aging Solution, it's not a particularly effective product and doubles on the same actives you already have in other products. The same goes for https://whatsinmyjar.com/product/mesoestetic-ha-densimatrix, just skip it. I'd also recommend a moistruizer like this instead of the Mesoestetic Cosmelan 2 Depigmentation Cream https://whatsinmyjar.com/product/dermageek-nourishing-facial-night-cream. In terms of adding an active, retinoids probably would make the most difference. Just keep in mind that they can be irritating, and it's very important to avoid irritation when you are trying to reduce pigmentation (irritation can lead to more pigment). With retinoids, start very slowly and watch your skin reaction closely. I could recommend a product like this, first use it only every other night or 2-3 times per week (because of the irritation risk). Your skin will adjust to retinoids with time and you could then use them more often (once per day at night eventually): - https://whatsinmyjar.com/product/geek-gorgeous-101-a-game-10 (they ship in Europe and to the US) or - https://whatsinmyjar.com/product/avene-retrinal-0-1-intensive-cream or - https://whatsinmyjar.com/product/glossier-universal-pro-retinol or a more budget-friendly options with another type of retinoid, in a higher concentration (effective, but be a bit more careful re irritation than with the other ones): - https://whatsinmyjar.com/product/indeed-labs-retinol-reface-retinol-skin-resurfacer. And finally (probably most important point): you need a daily broad spectrum sunscreen to help reduce the existing and prevent new pigmentation, for example: - https://whatsinmyjar.com/product/la-roche-posay-anthelios-uvmune-400-invisible-fluid-fragrance-free-spf50

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Thank you so much for this. I will check out your recommendations. I have about half a pot of Cosmalan 2 left, my skin therapist advised I use it as a follow up from my peel to keep the pigment away. I struggle sometimes with which ingredients I need at at what time of the day. The transx3 I use as support for the pigment as advised by my therapist.

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It could be that your therapist is trying to sell you these particular products. In general, the Mesoestetic brand is not transparent about their full ingredient lists, and this is a red flag. The Cosmalan 2 cream is a very basic moisturizer, with a very small concentration of active ingredients (so small that it won't have an effect in skin). It contains about 1% azelaic acid (effective concentration is about 10%), about 1% Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (effective concentration would be closer to 20%), about 0.5% of kojic acid (effective concentration would be 1-2%), niacinamide at about 0.5% (effective concentration starts at 2%). In comparison, Topicals Faded Serum for Dark Spots & Discoloration contains about 3% of niacinamide, about 2% of tranexamic acid, about 1% of kojic acid, about 1% of alpha-arbutin. Transx3 actives are: niacinamide at about 3% (the dermageek cream contains the same and costs around $20), 2% tranexamic acid (the same is in the Topicals Fade), and around 1.5% of mandelic acid (it's not an ingredient to die for)...

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