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Thursday, January 10. 2019

What causes Post Inflamatory Hyper-pigmentation (PIH) and how to treat it

OK; this morning I want to talk to you about a condition called “post inflammatory hyperpigmentation” (PIH)
Our bodies are basically over 3 billion years old and have developed various mechanisms to protect themselves against the outside environment. If you have darker skin complexion you are much more likely to develop brown spots and hyperpigmentation after any kind of trauma such as acne, picking, burning, or just scratching the skin. This dark pigmentation can also occur with various lasers and Micro needling or even after sunburn, allergies, or chemical peels. The skin is simply protecting itself against the trauma by becoming darker.

Treating these dark spots is quite challenging. Without treatment they may go away after a few weeks or it may take many months for them to gradually disappear.

Too aggressive treatments can actually exacerbate the problem and cause more brown spots. Treatment: We start conservative by applying topical fading lotions, prescription grade vitamin A cream, Vitamin C cream and glycolic and kojic acid. If this doesn’t work we do light chemical peels and Microderm abrasion‘s.

Ultimately light laser treatments that are specifically geared towards removing pigmentation such as clear and brilliant laser and mixto fractional CO2 resurfacing can be used to even the skin complexion.

It is also important to break the cycle and prevent new brown spots from occurring while you are getting rid of the old spots.

See your dermatologist and allow him or her to put a program together for you to remove these brown spots and make 2019 a year with a perfect clear complexion.
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