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What Is Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation and How Can It Be Treated?


Hyperpigmentation is a skin pigmentation disorder that can take on many forms, including freckles, age spots and melasma. Yet, whereas those listed above are normally attributable to increased sun exposure and hormonal factors, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation is a different proposition altogether.

At Dr Rasha Clinic, London, our founder Dr Rasha Rakhshani, has specialist knowledge of the skin and, as such, possesses a rich and unrivalled understanding of the things that affect it most. Her reputation as a “beauty guru” is well-deserved and many patients come to her in search of advice for how best to deal with niggling skin concerns, with post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation high up on the list. 

In this blog, we will explore what is meant by post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, how it can develop and what can be used to treat it. 

Defining post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation

t-inflammatory hyperpigmentationPost-inflammatory hyperpigmentation usually develops on parts of the skin that have been subject to trauma, irritation or damage. As its name suggests, it takes shape in the aftermath of an inflammatory skin condition such as acne or following an injury (a cut, scrape or rash) to the skin. It can also sometimes be an unfortunate side effect of laser therapy or chemical peels. 

The reason for the emergence of these darkened patches on the skin is very simple. When the skin becomes inflamed, it produces excess melanin (the natural pigment that determines skin colour) at the site of the trauma. This discolouration will then become inseparable from the healing process, staying in place once this injury is all but a distant memory. 

Although both men and women can suffer from post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, it tends to affect those with darker skin tones much more often. It may also be interesting to learn that one of the most common causes of this skin concern is shaving in intimate areas, such as under the arms, the elbows and the bikini line. This is because improper or frequent shaving can lead to ingrown hairs and infection, something which may later develop into post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. 

What does post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation look like? 

The appearance of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation isn’t all that different from other examples of this skin disorder. It often assumes a flat shape and will look much darker than the surrounding areas of skin. 

The level of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation suffered can usually be put down to how badly the inflammation or injury initially affects the individual. For example, those who have suffered from more severe cases of acne are likely to possess more visible patches of skin discolouration. 

Despite not being triggered by UV radiation, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation can be made worse by failing to take steps to properly protect the appropriate parts of the skin from the sun. 

Treating post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation

In most cases, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation can be treated by following a strict skincare routine that has been put together to accelerate skin renewal, tackle hyperpigmentation and regulate the production of melanin. 

The medical-grade skincare brands available to purchase from Dr Rasha Clinic feature a host of products and ingredients designed to manage this confidence-sapping skin concern and help those affected feel much more comfortable in who they are. 

By contacting us today, you can arrange a one-to-one consultation with Dr Rasha in order to discover exactly what you need to do to control any patches of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation that may be making your life a misery. 

During this session, Dr Rasha will advise you on which products may be beneficial to you as well as provide any tips for how to improve your symptoms without any further cosmetic intervention. 

To find out more, call us on 0203 746 2211 or 07511 107 511 and visit our website today. You can also email us at info@drrashaclinic.com