Pigmentation Treatment – Distress For Acne Sufferers

Reviewed by Dr. Hun Kim Thao

Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation treatment
Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation treatment

If you have experience acne outbreaks, you will also have experienced another skin issue after your acne heals – Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (PIH). Indeed, those dark marks or discolored spots are even more aggravating and distressing than acne itself as it may reduce your confidence and limit you from socializing. So, what causes those dark spots, and what can you do to get rid of them?

There are several pigmentation treatments, but knowing which method is the most effective and suitable for your skin is the most important. Grace Skin Care Clinic will help you know about pigmentation treatment in this article.

What is PIH?

PIH (Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation) is the medical term used to describe epidermal or dermal melanosis that follows an inflammatory response e.g. acne. PIH is not dangerous and, even without treatment, it can fade in appearance over time. Depending on your skin type, it may take 6 to 12 months for PIH to completely fade, although in some cases it may take longer.

Some treatments will help reduce the appearance of acne including prescribed cream, chemical peel, and laser… While these treatments may not completely erase PIH, they will considerably lighten your skin or speed up the fade time.

What causes PIH?

PIH is very common, and in fact, most people with acne have some degree of it. The issue can worsen due to sunlight (ultraviolet light) exposure, chemicals, or medication e.g. tetracycline, bleomycin, doxorubicin, 5-fluorouracil, busulfan, arsenic, silver, gold, medication for malaria,  clofazimine (in anti-leprosy).

Who stands at a high risk of PIH?

PIH can develop in all skin types, but it is most likely for people with darker skin, Fitzpatrick Skin Types III or IV, which is predominant in Vietnam. PIH can happen to anyone regardless of age or gender and affects both men and women equally.

Fitzpatrick-skin-type-and-Post-Inflamatory-Hyperpigmentation
Figure 1: Fitzpatrick Skin Types

What are treatment options for PIH?

Book an appointment with our Dermatologists and start right away- resolving dark spots is not a quick process. Our Dr.’s will evaluate your specific skin condition and custom design a recommended pigmentation treatment solution for you. There is no one simple solution. And, it can take time, so whatever options are taken, be realistic and patient!

Pigmentation treatments at Grace Skincare Clinic

At Grace Skincare Clinic, our expert medical team has treated thousands of cases of PIH.

Our close observation and clinical research have found that combined therapy is the most effective approach to treating PIH.

  • Prescribed medications by our expert dermatologists can include hydroquinone, azelaic acid, cysteamine cream, vitamin C, tretinoin, corticosteroid…
  • Other treatment options can include: chemical peels, laser treatment, DPL (Pulsed light treatment)

Our dermatologists will generally utilize topical prescription medications and a range of treatments that may include:

  • Facial care – Vitamin C electrophoresis facials and/or chemical peels
  • Treatment using Alma-Q laser and/or DPL (Dye Pulsed Laser).

All client care is supervised directly by Dr. Hun Kim Thao – Dermatologist, Co-founder, and Medical Director at Grace Skincare Clinic, with an advanced degree in Dermatology, 15 years of Dermatology experience, and over 30,000 clients treated. You are also supported by a professional and passionate medical team who will ensure your best skin health results are obtained.

How to prevent PIH?

The sun is one of your biggest enemies, so it is vital to protect yourself by using broad-spectrum (UVA and UVB) sunscreen with SPF 30+ or above. Use sunscreen daily and reapply every 2-4 hours during long exposure to the sun as well as wear protective clothing. Avoid the sun during peak hours (from 10 am to 4 pm) whenever possible.

UV protection helps prevent post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation

Always avoid picking or popping your acne as it increases the chance of developing PIH. Remember, increasing inflammation results in larger and darker PIH.

 

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Grace Skincare Clinic
An international cosmetic dermatology clinic in Vietnam using FDA and CE-approved medical devices and treatments.

Mayfair Suites, 102ABC Cong Quynh, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam
Book your appointment: https://www.graceskinclinic.com/book-now
Tel: 0822-531-223
Hotline: 0961-796-809


Source: https://www.mayoclinichealthsystem.org/hometown-health/speaking-of-health/seeing-spots-treating-hyperpigmentation

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