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How can I get rid of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation?

Audrey Kunin, MD
Dermatology
Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) can fade unassisted, usually within 6-12 months. Unfortunately, the darker the PIH, the longer it may take to resolve. It may also require some intervention in order to hasten the process. While PIH is not a true scar, when it lasts past a year, it certainly may feel "permanent." For areas that are brown in nature, the use of a skin bleaching agent can be very helpful in speeding up the clearing process. Both prescription and over-the-counter options can be effective. Sun avoidance is crucial as ultraviolet light will darken the skin, preferentially darkening areas of abnormal discoloration. Sun protection prevents this process, allowing bleaching treatments to work without interruption.

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