Treatment 4: 4% Pure Retinol Peel Treatment Protocol for Melasma

Treatment Protocol


1. Facial Wash – Cleanse the area of treatment thoroughly, remove with warm water and pat dry.

Correct Cleanse

1. Pigment Bar® – Create a lather and apply to the area of treatment and allow to sit on the skin for two minutes. Remove with warm water and pat dry.


2. Nutrient Toner – Apply with a cotton pad to prep the skin. Allow the skin to dry. This product may sting or tingle on some individuals. Assess sensitivity by asking the patient, “On a scale of one to ten, ten being extremely active, how do you rate this sensation?”


1. Customize the protocol with a combination of corrective daily care products to address your patient’s particular concerns and skincare goals.

  • A suggested combination to target hyperpigmentation, as well as inflammation and glycation, spot-treat areas of hyperpigmentation with one or two pumps of Pigment Gel® HQ Free and allow to absorb into the skin.
  • Apply one to two pumps of Vitamin B 3 Brightening Serum to the entire treatment area.


3. 4% Pure Retinol Peel – Before opening the packette, follow instructions regarding occluding areas where you do not want the peel to travel.

  • Open the full packette and dispense the peel into gloved hands. Gently spread the product over the area of treatment, keeping the application even and thin.
  • Use the scale of one to ten to gauge sensitivity. Most patients will not have any sensitivity to this professional treatment upon application, rather, they will experience a soothing sensation, followed by a higher degree of visible exfoliation for a week to ten days.

Hydrate and Protect

4. ReBalance and the appropriate PCA SKIN® broad spectrum SPF product – Complete the treatment with this combination to calm, hydrate and protect the skin from UVA and UVB exposure.

5. Hyaluronic Acid Lip Booster – Finish with a liberal application to improve hydration and reduce the appearance of lip lines.

Note: Apply the appropriate PCA SKIN broad spectrum SPF product prior to applying Hyaluronic Acid Lip Booster to protect the lips from UVA and UVB exposure.