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Understanding PIH (Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation)

by Barbara Chappuis 18 Jun 2024
Understanding PIH (Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation) - Bee Naturals

Learn How to Fade Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation with Expert Skincare Solutions

Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) is a common skin condition that affects many individuals. But what exactly is PIH and how can it be treated? Let's dive into the details.

What causes PIH?

PIH occurs when the skin produces excess melanin in response to inflammation or injury. This can be triggered by acne, eczema, psoriasis, or even a simple cut or scrape. The excess melanin leads to dark spots or patches on the skin, which can be frustrating for those affected. Individuals with darker, more pigmented skin typically are more prone to PIH.  

How is PIH treated?

There are several treatment options available for PIH, depending on the severity of the condition. Topical treatments such as retinoids, hydroquinone, and vitamin C can help lighten the dark spots over time. Chemical peels and laser therapy are also effective in reducing hyperpigmentation. Note, chemical peels must be used with care by a professional to avoid inducing more PIH.

Here are some products that can help reduce PIH, once it has occurred, as well as help prevent future breakouts.


Preventing PIH

Prevention is key when it comes to managing PIH. Avoid picking or squeezing acne lesions, as this can worsen inflammation and lead to more hyperpigmentation. Wearing sunscreen daily can also help protect the skin from further damage and prevent dark spots from getting darker.

Overall, understanding the causes of PIH and taking steps to prevent and treat it can help individuals achieve clearer, more even-toned skin. Consult with dermatologist to determine the best treatment plan for your specific skin concerns. Avoid squeezing pimples, as this can also contribute to PIH. 

PIH can fade over time, but it might take several months to years depending on the severity and the individual's skin type. Consistent treatment and sun protection are essential for managing and reducing hyperpigmentation.

For more detailed information and guidance, consider consulting a dermatologist.

For additional information see:


  • American Academy of Dermatology
  • Mayo Clinic
  • DermNet NZ

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