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Video:How to Treat Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation

with Dr. Debra Jaliman

Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, the dark spots you get after having inflamed skin, can be treated. In this dermatology video from About.com, find out some ways to treat post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Treat Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation

Hi this is Dr. Debra Jaliman, board certified dermatologist in New York City and author of the book Skin Rules, Trade Secrets from a Top New York Dermatologist here to talk about how to treat post-inflammatory hyper-pigmentation.

Post-inflammatory hyper-pigmentation, those dark spots that you get after having inflamed skin can be very annoying and they often don't go away on their own and may take many months to fade. So what do you do to treat them?

Use Sunscreen Every Day

First of all, the most important thing I can tell you is to make certain to wear your sunscreen every single day. Even on a cloudy day. Make certain it's an SPF 30 that says broad spectrum protection. It has to be broad spectrum protection because UVA light which is in the sun's rays will increase the pigment of your skin. If you just use a UVB blocker you'll still get UVA coming through those rays and you will still get pigment coming into your skin and won't fully block your skin.

Lighten up Post-Inflammatory Hyper-Pigmentation with Over-the-Counter Products

Now there are some great over-the-counter products that you can use to try to lighten up this post-inflammatory hyper-pigmentation. One of the ingredients you can look for is soy, soy helps lighten the skin. Another great ingredient is niacinimide, that will also help lighten the skin.

There are also over-the-counter products that help with ex-foliation. Alpha hydroxy acid also known as glycolic acid can be used very effectively to help even the skin tone. Another over-the-counter product that you can get in a low concentration is hydroquinone, and that is a bleaching agent tha we often use in prescription strength. We often use it in conjunction with a retinoid. Those two ingredients work very well to blend in the post-inflammatory hyper-pigmentation.

Prescription Products for Post-Inflammatory Hyper-Pigmentation

Another prescription prouct that we often use it something calle Azelaic Acid and that works well to blend the hyper-pigmentation. If none of these options work, we sometimes take a microdermabrader and we actually start to take layers of your skin off very gently to take off the pigmentation. So as you can see there are many different treatments for Post-inflammatory pigmentation.

The reason is that not one treatment always works for any one individual. So oftentimes there are many modalities used at the same time for post-inflammatory hyper-pigmentation. So you can start with over-the-counter treatments using your sunscreen in addition to the treatment. Or if all else fails go see your dermatologist.

If you have any questions at all please go to About.com for more information on how to treat post-inflammatory hyper-pigmentation.

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