Meladine Pigment Enhancer PHI

Meladine

Natural melanin enhancer

4 oz. spray bottle

Product Description

Meladine™ – A Natural Melanin Enhancer

Laser hair removal has provided an effective solution for millions of people looking to rid themselves of unwanted hair. PHI was first known for Meladine™, the only patented natural melanin enhancer. Used to increase pigment in non-pigmented hair follicles for treatment by laser, Meladine™ has become a tremendous success across the U.S. and beyond. Thanks to this little product, people with blonde, gray and white hair are receiving satisfying results with laser hair removal—a feat that has not been accomplished with any laser alone. Meladine™ has a track record of over 1,000 U.S. based laser hair removal centers to prove its efficacy.

Meladine™ requires a properly trained laser hair removal provider in order to achieve the best results. It is for this reason that PHI does not sell Meladine™ direct to the consumer. Meladine™ can only be purchased from your laser hair removal provider. If your center is not offering Meladine currently, please email us at customerservice@creativeinc.biz with the name, phone number and email address of your center and we will help you get Meladine™.

If you are a laser hair removal provider or product distributor, simply register and once verified you will have access to pricing and all training material that we make available.

Suggested Use for Fine, Vellus Hair (fine blonde, clear, strawberry blonde, light brown/black, etc.):

  1. Begin your daily Meladine routine a minimum of 2 weeks prior to each laser treatment.
  2. Shave or clip hair daily. Do not wax, tweeze, or use depilatories on the area to be treated.
  3. Apply Meladine to clean skin. Do not use lotions or cosmetics prior to application of Meladine.
  4. Hold sprayer 3-5 inches away from the area to be treated.
  5. In the morning, spray the area to be treated with Meladine, and allow to dry. Repeat this spraying and drying process 6 times. It is imperative that Meladine be allowed to dry between each application.(Optional) Fingertips may be used to gently pat or spread Meladine on the area to be treated. Do not use other applicators (i.e. cotton balls, q-tips, etc.).
  6. Repeat step 5 in the evening.

Note

For optimal results, product must be used as directed. Additional applications will result in a more efficient laser treatment. Results may vary depending on proper use, patient compliance and other variable factors.

Store Meladine in a cool dry place. Product may be refrigerated between treatments if desired.

Warning

For external, topical use only. Avoid contact with eyes. Keep out of reach of children. Users with known sensitivity to 2-phenoxyethanol should not use this product.

Ingredients

Water, glycerol, melanin, natural soy lecithin, 2-phenoxyethanol 0.55% as a preserving agent.

Suggested Use for Coarse Hair (white, gray, red, coarse blonde, etc.):

  1. Begin your daily Meladine routine 4-6 weeks prior to each laser treatment.
  2. Shave or clip hair daily. Do not wax, tweeze, or use depilatories on the area to be treated.
  3. Apply Meladine to clean skin. Do not use lotions or cosmetics prior to application of Meladine.
  4. Hold sprayer 3-5 inches away from the area to be treated.
  5. In the morning, spray the area to be treated with Meladine, and allow to dry. Repeat this spraying and drying process 6 times. It is imperative that Meladine be allowed to dry between each application.
  6. (Optional) Fingertips may be used to gently pat or spread Meladine on the area to be treated. Do not use other applicators (i.e. cotton balls, q-tips, etc.).
  7. Repeat step 5 in the evening.

Alternate Directions

If it is impractical to begin Meladine treatment 6 weeks prior to each laser treatment, treat daily for 4 weeks prior to laser treatment. Follow the directions above, except in steps 5-7, repeat spraying and drying process a minimum of 8 times.

Note

For optimal results, product must be used as directed. Additional applications will result in a more efficient laser treatment. Results may vary depending on proper use, patient compliance and other variable factors.

Store Meladine in a cool dry place. Product may be refrigerated between treatments if desired.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who owns Meladine?

PHI, Inc. owns, manufactures and distributes Meladine.

Is Meladine a drug? Does it require a prescription?

No. Meladine is considered a topical cosmetic/preparation. Meladine’s™ ingredients are natural, non-toxic and non-irritating to the skin.

Has Meladine been approved by the FDA?

There have been many attempts at treating non-pigmented hair with a laser; only one product, Meladine, is cleared by the FDA and has repeatedly proven itself to be successful in treating blonde, gray and white hair with thousands of satisfied customers. Meladine is registered with the FDA as a cosmetic.

What is Meladine and how does it work?

Meladine is the only product in the world that has proven to enhance the effects of hair removal lasers on non-pigmented hair. Meladine simply deposits natural melanin into the hair follicle which aids the laser in targeting the hair follicle for removal.

How long has Meladine been on the market?

Meladine has been sold on the laser hair removal market since November of 2001 and continues to receive exciting results from doctors and laser hair removal centers across the U.S. and beyond.

How is Meladine applied?

Please refer to the “Suggested Use” page/tab for detailed directions.

Must Meladine be applied before EACH laser treatment or just before the first laser treatment?

Meladine must be applied prior to each laser treatment because the melanin deposit in the hair follicle is only temporary. Meladine is only effective on the hairs that are in anagen (growth) stage as these are the only hairs that will be affected by the laser.

How long must Meladine be applied before each laser treatment?

Please refer to the Suggested Use page/tab for details. Vellus hair will require a minimum of 2 weeks of application prior to each laser treatment and coarse hair will require 6 weeks of application prior to each laser treatment.

Why is the application regimen so different between vellus and coarse hair?

While soft, porous, vellus hair seems to easily absorb the melanin liposomes, thick, coarse hair absorbs the liposomes at a lower rate. The different regimens exist to compensate for the different texture, and different absorption rates, of the hair.

Is 6 weeks of application really necessary to treat coarse hair?

PHI has found that patients with coarse hair have higher rates of success when they use Meladine for the suggested 6 week regimen. Keep in mind that “more applications is better” and patients should always aim to do as many applications as possible to increase the melanin deposit. (Remember: the darker the melanin target is, the easier it is for the laser to target, and disable, the hair follicle.) If it is impractical to begin application 6 weeks prior to laser treatment, the patient may begin 4 weeks prior to laser treatment but must increase daily applications to at least 8 in the morning and 8 in the evening.

Can Meladine be applied up until the laser treatment or must the patient stop Meladine application a day or so before laser treatment?

Meladine may be used up until the day of laser treatment. However applying Meladine in the few minutes before treatment will have little benefit. As is the industry standard regarding laser treatment and topical applications (i.e. makeups, tanners, etc.) it is always a good idea to cleanse the skin before laser treatment to remove excess topical applications.

How long does one bottle last?

One bottle contains approximately 720 sprays, which may be enough to cover several regimens (regimen = series of applications prior to one laser treatment) for a lip, but may only cover one regimen for a full face. The duration of one bottle will be determined by several factors:

  1. Size of the area to be treated: Obviously smaller areas will require less product. A lip may require 1 spray to sufficiently cover the area per application, while a back may require 6-8 sprays per application.
  2. Type of hair to be treated: Patients treating fine, vellus hair (2 weeks of use prior to laser treatment) will use less product than patients treating coarse hair (6 weeks of use prior to laser treatment) because the application regimen is shorter.
  3. Patient preference: Some patients may apply Meladine more liberally per application.

Can Meladine be used on red hair?

Yes. Meladine may be used to treat any type of hair that does not respond to laser treatment alone, including red hair, “strawberry” blonde hair, light brown vellus, etc. Remember that Meladine increases the pigment in any hair that it is applied to. For optimal results, assess the texture of the hair (coarse or vellus) and chose the application regimen based on the texture of the hair. For example, coarse red hair will require a 6 week regimen, etc.

Does Meladine stain the skin?

No. Meladine is selectively deposited into the hair follicle and does not absorb into the surrounding epidermis.

Will the hair change color?

No. The proprietary liposomes, which are actually submicroscopic spheres, are small enough to effectively penetrate the hair shaft and follicle to provide a target for a laser or IPL, but not large enough to discolor the hair. Keep in mind that topical hair should be removed (preferably by shaving) prior to Meladine application.

If a patient stops using Meladine and never receives a laser treatment, will the hair follicle retain the melanin deposit?

No. If a patient were to never receive a laser treatment, the melanin deposit would naturally dissipate as the hair grows and falls out.

Can the patient shave immediately before applying Meladine or must there be some hair above the skin?

Meladine is best absorbed into the hair when it has been shaved. If there is long topical hair in the area where Meladine is applied, the liposomes have less chance to reach the hair follicle.

Is daily shaving absolutely necessary?

It is recommended that the area be shaved daily for optimal absorption. If the hair grows very slowly, daily shaving may not be necessary. If a patient is very hesitant to shave, an alternative is closely clipping the hair each day.

Will shaving change the color and the texture of the hair?

No. It has been shown that shaving does not change the nature of the hair. Shaving removes the topical hair from the surface of the skin—it does not affect the follicle or the bodily functions that dictate the nature of the hair. Variables that contribute to the change in color and texture of hair include, hormones, excessive weight gain, age, etc.

Can patients use a cotton ball to apply Meladine?

No. Patients must absolutely avoid applying Meladine with an applicator (i.e. cotton balls, makeup sponges, makeup brushes, Q-tips, etc). If an applicator is used, the liposomes will be absorbed by the applicator and will not be applied, or absorbed into the hair. If desired, fingertips may be used to spread or gently pat Meladine onto the area being treated.

Can a hairdryer be used to help dry Meladine?

It is highly recommended that Meladine be allowed to air dry. However, a hair dryer set on a low, cool setting and held at arms length from the skin may be used to aid in drying on occasion. It is important that Meladine not evaporate too quickly so patients must take care when using a hairdryer. Keep in mind that a dryer used on a heat setting may melt the liposomes, in which case the melanin will not be absorbed.

What if a patient forgets or misses an application? Must she start over?

It is important that the patient faithfully apply Meladine for optimal results. Keep in mind that the goal of using Meladine is to create a melanin deposit that is dark enough to be effectively targeted by the laser. If several applications are missed, the patient should consider adding more applications to the daily regimen or extending the Meladine treatment for several days in order to make up for the number of applications missed. If the patient does not apply a sufficient number of applications she may cheat herself out of an effective treatment.

How long after the application of Meladine must the patient wait before showering, getting in a pool or sweating?

It is recommended to wait 1 hour after applying Meladine before showering, swimming or sweating heavily—however Meladine can be applied immediately after showering. Meladine is colorless and dries without any lingering odor.

Can the patient use other creams or lotions in conjunction with Meladine?

Yes. For the most part, patients may continue to using normal moisturizing lotions/creams, cleansers and/or make-up while applying Meladine. However, it is recommended that Meladine be applied to clean skin and that, after applying Meladine, the patient wait 1 hour to apply other topicals. (See next question for products that should be avoided during Meladine treatment).

Are there any products that contraindicate Meladine?

The only topical applications that may contraindicate Meladine are products that contain bleaching agents designed to lighten hair or skin. Since the effect of topical lighteners on the melanin deposit has not been scientifically verified, PHI cannot guarantee that hair or skin-lightening products will not affect the melanin deposit. Because of this we recommend that patients avoid lightening agents while using Meladine. Common skin-lightening ingredients include, but may not be limited to, hydroquinone and kojik acid. Remember, when applying Meladine in the morning and evening, it is important the skin be clean and free of substances that may inhibit absorption.

Does Meladine work the same for everyone?

Although hundreds of laser hair removal centers are reporting exciting results, there is no guarantee that Meladine will obtain the same results for everyone. Results may vary depending on the patient’s adherence to the application and treatment regimen. Other variables may include laser treatment, density and coarseness of hair, hormonal changes, etc.

Can pregnant/nursing women use Meladine?

Meladine is considered a topical cosmetic, similar to moisturizing lotions or makeup. Although Meladine’s™ ingredients do not penetrate into the bloodstream, PHI recommends that any pregnant or nursing patient should consult her physician before use.

As a laser technician, what are the best laser parameters to use when treating patients using Meladine?

Clinical biopsies have shown that a hair follicle treated with Meladine is equivalent to that of a finely textured, light brown hair. Therefore, doctors have had the greatest success when they treat Meladine pretreated hair with laser settings that are indicated for treatment of fine, light brown hair. Of course parameters used for each individual patient should be determined entirely by the doctor or laser technician.

The laser center that I go to doesn’t carry Meladine—how can I obtain Meladine?

Most laser centers that do not carry Meladine simply haven’t heard about Meladine yet! If you would like to try Meladine, please refer your laser technician or consultant to our website or email us at info@creativeinc.biz for a free brochure that you can pass along to the center.

Treating with Meladine™

Excerpts from the Meladine Information & Training Manual

Meladine™ has provided an exciting and safe method of effectively treating blonde, white, gray and residual vellus hair for thousands of patients across the country. However, a lot of time and understanding must go into treating with Meladine™ in order to make Meladine a success. Below are a few of the most critical points regarding the sale and treatment of Meladine™.

Key #1: Patient Compliance
In order for Meladine™ to be effective, it must first be applied correctly and consistently. If the patient does not comply with the full extent of the instructions, he will not build a sufficient melanin deposit in the hair follicle for the laser to target. When a patient adheres to the suggested regimen, he is much more likely to experience higher rates of success. Remember that additional applications, above what is recommended, may help to achieve a stronger melanin deposit.

Key #2: Laser Treatment
Proper laser treatment with Meladine begins with applying sufficient energy levels to the pretreated hair. While this may seem obvious, it is important to understand that, no matter what texture or color the hair may be on the surface, Meladine™ treated hair will react to the laser as if it were a fine, light brown hair. Therefore, the hair should be targeted as such.

Key #3: Realistic Expectations
Since its introduction, Meladine™ has been helping thousands of patients to achieve the hair removal results they are looking for. However, it is extremely important to understand that while the success rate may be high, there is no guarantee Meladine™ will work the same for everyone. As with many topical applications and aesthetic procedures, variables may exist that are beyond the control of manufacturer, the doctor and the patient. Other than patient compliance, and proper laser usage, additional variables may include hormonal or body chemistry changes, age, weight gain, medication usage, etc.

Lasers and Meladine™

Meladine™ has the potential to work with lasers or IPLs that are designed to target melanin in the hair follicle. However, a laser’s ability to effectively target Meladine™ pre-treated hair will vary depending on its individual capabilities.

When a compliant patient has used Meladine™ for several weeks, histologies show that the hair follicles will become the equivalent of a light-brown, finely textured hair follicle. Even though the hair on the surface of the skin will not change color, the follicles will be pigmented and will react to the laser as light brown hair. And even if the hair above the surface of the skin may be coarse in nature, the follicle will react to the laser as a finely textured hair.

Therefore, the bottom line in determining efficacy of the laser with Meladine is: If the laser typically has success with light-to-medium shades of fine brown hair, it should see success with Meladine™ in compliant patients when similar settings are used.

Remember, because specifications vary from laser to laser, and patient to patient, it is not possible to give exact settings to use when treating with Meladine™.

For more detail and further information regarding laser treatment and Meladine™, please download a copy of the Meladine Training and Information Manual.

Please be sure to read our disclaimer and to call with questions or for more information.

Laser hair removal has provided an effective solution for millions of people looking to rid themselves of unwanted hair. The lasers use the naturally occurring melanin in the hair follicle as a target to selectively disable the hair follicle while leaving surrounding skin structures intact. However, lighter hair, such as blonde, gray, white, red, etc., has too little melanin to provide an effective target for the laser.

When sprayed on the desired area, Meladine’s™ patented delivery system selectively deposits natural melanin directly into the hair follicle. The melanin is delivered via liposomes which are absorbed by the hair follicle. The result is temporary, melanin-rich follicles that hair removal lasers are able to target. As laser light passes through the epidermis, it is able to locate and disable the now-pigmented hair follicle—just as if the follicle had its own natural coloration.

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Before treatment with Meladine™

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After treatment with Meladine™

Because the melanin is deposited directly into the hair follicle, the patient will not experience coloration to the hair shaft in the area being treated. In other words, the hair above the surface of the skin will not darken, the only coloration will occur within the hair follicle which is under the skin.

Additionally, because the surrounding epidermis does not absorb the liposomes, the patient will not experience coloration or staining of the skin. Subsequently, Meladine will not enhance the effects of the laser on the skin (i.e. increase the risk of burning the skin), only on the hair follicle.

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Meladine™ and Your Business: Your Partner in Laser Hair Removal

If you are like most laser technicians you are distressed by the number of potential patients that you turn away for hair removal treatments simply because they have light hair. As you know, the bad news is that you have lost out to this frustrating non-pigmented hair. The great news is that you don’t have to anymore!

Meladine™ is the only product on the market that has consistently proven over time to aid lasers in treating non-pigmented hair, including white, gray, blonde, residual vellus, etc. for hair removal. Meladine™ doesn’t rely on expensive, complicated machinery—rather, Meladine™ is a natural, safe and gentle product that you can recommend to your patients with confidence.

In addition to treating blonde, gray and white hair, Meladine™ has been extremely successful in treating the frustrating 10% remaining vellus hair after dark haired treatments have been completed. There’s not a laser clinic in the world that doesn’t struggle with residual hair—but with Meladine™, these frustrating vellus hairs no longer present a problem. You can get your patients closer to 100% hair reduction simply by following up regular treatments with Meladine™.

The bottom line is this: people with light hair total approximately 30% of the population. That means that you could potentially increase your client base by about 30% if you include Meladine™ in your service offerings.

Meladine™ creates an impressive competitive advantage because it gives you an opportunity to treat people that your competition can’t. And since Meladine™ is sold only to laser hair removal clinics, you can be assured that you are offering your patients a one-of-a-kind service.

If you are interested in learning more about what Meladine™ can do for your laser hair removal business, please do not hesitate to contact us. We will be happy to provide you with all the resources you need to make an informed decision—from a personalized phone consultation and laser review with our very knowledgeable staff to training materials for laser technicians and consultants. From the very first time you call you can expect first-rate customer service.

Contact PHI today at info@creativeinc.biz or (757) 436-4774. Thank you for your interest and we look forward to speaking with you!

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