post inflammatory hyperpigmentation- Forget me not
There are many causes for hyperpigmentation. Sun exposure in the main one. More than that, it can worsen any other kind of skin pigmentation.
Post inflammatory hyperpigmentation is especially nasty because it’s caused buy a skin injury.
Acne scars are the most common kind but some of us get if from cuts, bruises and other not so nice things.
Also chemical peels and laser tratments can cause post inflammatory hyperpigmentation. People with darker skin are, unfortunately more prone to it. Sorry, that’s life!
Even Mosquito bites that are scratched too much can cause spots. Be cautious!
I mean I’d rather get my spots from working too much on my tan on my 20’s than from acne. Don’t you?
The 2 kinds of post inflammatory hyperpigmentation?
- Epidermis pigmentation – The spots are on the outer layer of the skin – easier to treat though not too easy.
- Dermis hyperpigmentation – The spots are deeper in the skin so much harder to treat, if at all. Bad news! The way to prvent this kind of scars is not to scratch and most important, not to blow up pimples.
How to minimize post inflammatory hyperpigmentation?
– First treat the injury/acne/bites etc. With injury it’s quite clear, you can’t treat a bleeding tissue.
-It’s important to treat mosquito bites and any other bites, especially in order to prevent scratching. Aloe vera, Lavender or tea Tree essential oils. You can try something from the chemist if you don’t mind chemicals but mainly, just don’t scratch. Make your busy and remember: If you’ll start scratching, you will probably want to continue so don’t even start with it.
-Do not blow up pimples – This will make you the worst kind of hyperpigmentation, which is deeper in the skin and harder to treat. Beware! Never use any kind of peeling on active acne fr the same reason.
-Stay away from the sun if you did not already. It’s not good for your skin in so many ways and now you know it cab also worsen your post inflammatory hyperpigmentation. Hooray!
How to treat post inflammatory hyperpigmentation
First, know it’s not going to be too easy. Prepare for a fight!
-You can use laser, nitrogen oxide and other “quick” methods. You should be cautious, especially if your complexion is dark to begin with. Go only to a clinic you trust and ask them about the after effects. If they say that in rare cases the spots can com back or worsen, do take it seriously. Especially if you have darker skin your risk is higher.
-You can try all sorts of home made natural treatment. I wouldn’t recommend undiluted lemon juice. You can use it diluted in olive oil. You can use other fruit or yogurt but the thing is, most of these treatments are quite messy. You will look good for an hour or two and than the effect is almost gone. Some say, you’ll see effect after doing it every day for months. I just never had the patience. Please share if you did.
– You can go for the medical approach. This Californian dermatologist explains it all:
The natural approach to treating Post inflammatory hyperpigmentation
I do agree with the dermatologist from the video above, the treatment should include 3 steps:
- Sun protection – Protect your skin from the sun, especially your face. It will save you from some wrinkles too. You can use a hat or sun screen. Sun screens almost always do contain chemicals. I do prefer the method of hiding from sun but sometimes you just have to use sunscreen.
- Treating the spots.
- exfoliation – Gently – The vintage kind shaving brush is my favourite.
For treating the spots the fastest natural way I know is my natural skin care. The soap will do most of the exfoliation too and treat your acne, so you can use it also in order to prevent future scars. You gotta love this product:)
The cream will do the lightening but you will need to exfoliate once or twice a week in order to make your skin look cleaner and get rid of extra sebum.
Hope this a was informative for you. Any questions? In the comments.