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 colour, but in more severe cases, the hyperpigmentation needs treatment.
What cause post -inflammatory hyperpigmentation?
The skin darkening that is associated with post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation develops when melanin, the substance that gives your skin colour, 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?
At Brisbane Skin 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.
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. Shobhan and our team to learn about your treatment options. Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation does not pose a medical concern, but many people seek treatment because of cosmetic concerns. To learn more contact us today to book a consultation.