Post-inflammatory hyper-pigmentation in black skin

Posted on 10 Jun, 2011

Post-inflammatory hyper-pigmentation shows up as areas of darker skin. It can manifest itself as small dark spots, or as larger areas of skin.

PIH has various causes:

• Injuries such as cuts, bruises and scratches;
• Active acne that causes skin damage;
• Rashes such as eczema can also cause PIH;
• Damage from exposure to the sun or some harsh cosmetic treatments can also result in PIH.

Injury to the skin or damage from inflammation can result in an over-production of melanin in the area of skin affected. Excess melanin formed close to the surface of the skin will result in marks that are darker than the surrounding skin.

Once PIH has developed, it is important to consider the cause before deciding on a course of treatment. Rashes and acne will need to be treated, or they are likely to continue to produce areas of PIH. If the skin damage has been the result of sun or cosmetic damage, these practices should be stopped in order to prevent future damage.

The Laser Treatment Clinic offers a combination of pigmentation treatment in order to obtain the best results: Advanced Intense Pulsed Light Treatment and Micro-dermabrasion Laser treatments.