Post Acne Hyperpigmentation

Post Acne HyperpigmentationPost Acne Hyperpigmentation

Suffering from acne is bad enough, but when you undergo post acne hyperpigmentation, that simply worsens it.

Some people refer to post acne hyperpigmentation as post inflammatory hyperpigmentation. According to About.com, post inflammatory hyperpigmentation, or PIH, is the medical term given to discoloration of the skin that follows an inflammatory wound. It is the skin’s natural response to inflammation. PIH presents itself as a flat area of discoloration on the skin (macule) ranging from pink to red, purple, brown or black, depending on your skin tone and depth of the discoloration.

PIH develops when a wound, rash, pimple, or other stimuli causes skin inflammation, which triggers the skin to produce too much melanin. Melanin is the protein in the skin that gives the skin its color. The excess melanin darkens and discolors the wounded area. This discoloration remains even after the wound or rash has healed.

PIH is very common among acne sufferers. It can occur in all skin types, although it is more common in darker skin tones. It affects both men and women equally. Luckily, PIH is not a true scar.

Source: About.com

So how do you address post acne hyperpigmentation? According to an article posted in Huffington Post, it stated that if you have darker skin, that brown mark is going to be there for about six months before it starts lightening up. But we know you want it to go away faster. Dr. Bowe suggests using an at-home product with glycolic or salicylic acid to exfoliate the skin and help bring those dark skin cells to the surface. Or you can go to a dermatologist and get a glycolic acid peel to lighten up the dark spots.

She also touts natural remedies to help brighten up your skin. Soy, kojic acid (a pigment lightening agent derived from mushrooms) and even licorice have been shown to remove dark spots.

While those with darker pigmentation may resort to brightening creams to help remedy their situation, Dr. MacGregor said you should proceed with caution. She strongly advises avoiding prolonged use with any cream that contains hydroquinone, an ingredient used in some brightening creams. “Overuse of hydroquinone can cause permanent grey pigmentation in the skin.” she said.

Both doctors recommend the use of retinoid skin products for both kinds of acne marks. These creams brighten and heal the skin. For an over-the-counter solution, Dr. Bowe suggests RoC Retinol Correxion Instant Facial Smoother, and for prescription remedies she usually puts her patients on Differin, Tazorac or Retin-A Micro. Dr. MacGregor advises patients to use Elure products, which utilize an enzyme called melanonzyme to even out your skin tone.

If these at-home products just aren’t cutting it, both doctors say the only other option is to get laser treatment done at the dermatologist’s office. Dr. Bowe, who uses Vbeam laser treatment, says it can be quite effective. “The laser treatment directly targets the red spot and makes the blood vessels shrink,” she said.

One last word of advice: apply sunscreen daily. Dr. MacGregor couldn’t stress enough the important role sunscreen plays in reducing marks and scars. “I always suggest using a broad spectrum sunscreen because the spots only get worse if the person is constantly getting sunlight on the skin,” she said.

Source: Huffington Post

One of the best advices that dermatologists give is that if you suffer from pimples, you should not prick it in any way. So make sure that you don’t or else you will be prone to suffer from hyperpigmentation thereafter.

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