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Post-inflammatory pigmentation most often occurs in men and women with darker skin tones, but the condition can develop to anyone, regardless of skin type. At Miami Dermatology and Laser Institute, board-certified dermatologist, Jill Waibel, MD, FAAD, treats post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation for men and women living all over the world

What is Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation?

Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation is a condition that describes a darkening of the skin after an inflammatory condition heals. The patches appear after a person experiences some type of inflammatory condition, such as a burn, infection, acne, dermatitis, or even another aesthetic procedure. In mild cases, the skin returns to a normal color, but in more severe cases, the hyperpigmentation needs treatment. If post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation persists more than 3 months or if there is a more urgent need to clear your skin, laser treatment or a chemical peel with the appropriate skincare treatment can also be effective.

What Causes Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation?

The skin darkening that is associated with post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation develops when melanin, the substance that gives your skin color, is transferred into the epidermis (outer layer of skin) or dermis (deeper layer of skin). Inflammation triggers the pigmented cells (melanocytes) to produce more melanin and deliver the substance to the skin cells – this is how post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation originates. In some cases, the melanin becomes trapped in the basal layer of the skin.

How is Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation Treated?

A skin examination and medical history can provide adequate information to diagnose post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. A biopsy may be recommended. Using a high-quality sunscreen reduces the risk of the hyperpigmentation from darkening further. Laser treatments and other procedures may be effective in removing the damaged skin and allow for new skin cells to develop in the treatment area.

What Should I Expect from Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation Treatment?

You may need several treatments before the post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation disappears completely. In some cases, the goal is to lighten the area so that it blends better with the surrounding skin and is less noticeable.

Am I a Good Candidate for Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation Treatment?

If you have an area on your skin that has been damaged by a burn, infection or dermatitis and the skin is now darker, you may be a good candidate for treatment. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Waibel to learn about your treatment options.

Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation does not pose a medical concern, but many people seek treatment because of cosmetic concerns. Jill Waibel, MD, FAAD, the board-certified dermatologist at Miami Dermatology and Laser Institute, offers men and women in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Kendall and surrounding communities in Florida treatments for post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. To learn more contact us today to schedule a consultation.