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Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation and Acne

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Hyperpigmentation is a broad term for skin discoloration, and it is often used to classify sun spots, brown spots, age spots, and more. On our YouTube channel, Dr. Chasin examines a patient struggling with post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation and discusses some of the lesser-known facts about this skin condition.

What is Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation?

Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) is the result of melanin overproduction triggered by inflammation. Patients with darker skin have more melanin (pigmentation) and are therefore more at risk of PIH, especially after an inflammatory acne breakout. Certain lasers can also cause PIH if they damage the surrounding skin.

Who is at Risk of Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation?

PIH can affect all skin types but is most common in patients with dark skin. Dr. Chasin also highlights another interesting indicator among people who are likely to develop brown marks: PIH in the creases of the hands just from friction. These marks on the hands can occur among patients of all skin tones. Dr. Chasin often looks at the hands when beginning acne treatments to determine who is most at risk.

How is Acne Treated for Patients with Dark Skin?

Dr. Chasin emphasizes the importance of first preventing acne and brown marks on the skin that result from acne lesions. At Reflections Center for Cosmetic Medicine, we offer many types of acne treatment for patients of different ages and various acne types. These range from hormone-balancing medications to acne-clearing skin products like retinol, and lasers that kill bacteria in the skin and limit the production of sebaceous oil that clogs the pores.

How is Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation Treated?

Laser resurfacing or intense pulsed light (IPL) are two of the most effective treatments for PIH. These laser and light treatments target pigmented lesions in the skin, breaking up the excess melanin to restore smooth, clear skin. Laser resurfacing also stimulates collagen production to renew healthier skin with improved tone and texture.

Schedule a Consultation

To learn more about PIH and acne treatments at Reflections Center for Cosmetic Medicine, schedule a consultation today with our team of expert cosmetic and laser physicians. We will be happy to assess your skin and help you determine the best treatment plan for your unique skin conditions and concerns.