Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation
Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation, PIH in short is due to the skin’s pigment cells overreacting and produce more pigmentation during the healing process. Inflammation in the epidermis stimulates melanocytes to increase melanin synthesis and to transfer the pigment to surrounding keratinocytes (epidermal melanosis).
If the basal layer is injured (e.g. lichen planus), melanin pigment is released and subsequently trapped by macrophages in the papillary dermis (dermal melanosis or pigment incontinence). PIH often appears after other skin injuries like cuts, acne, burns and insect bites, etc.
Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation patches are located at the same area after it has healed. These lesions are range from light brown to black in colour can
become darker when it is exposed to sunlight (UV rays). PIH can develop in all skin types but it tends to be more severe and longer-lasting for individuals with medium
to darker skin complexions as compared to lighter skin colours.
Treatment for Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation
There is a diversification of topical treatments that are available to help lighten the hyperpigmented lesions. However, We have tested and proven that by using a combination of treatments laser treatments and topical treatments can allow us to achieve an optimal results for your skin. Following your consultation we will customize the most appropriate hyperpigmentation treatment for you to treat the dark spots.