Dark Spots (Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation)
Let’s talk about dark spots – that is something we definitely can do something about. Post Inflammatory Hyper-pigmentation, or PIH, is the medical term given to discoloration of the skin that follows an inflammatory wound such as acne or picking at the skin. PIH presents itself as a flat area of discoloration on the skin ranging from pink to red, purple, brown or black, depending on your skin tone and depth of the discoloration.
PIH is very common among acne sufferers. It can occur in all skin types, although it is more common in darker skin tones. Luckily, PIH is not a true scar and therefore can be treated in the clinic quite effectively. The homecare that we give our acne clients not only addresses acne, but starts the process of lifting the unwanted hyperpigmentation left from acne lesions. Some of the active ingredients that assist in the lightening of dark spots include mandelic acid, lactic acid, hydroquinone, kojic acid, vitamin c and azelaic. These ingredients are included in Face Reality Acne Clinic’s in-clinic corrective peels and also the homecare for acne.
The right home care and consistent treatments will clear the acne and lift the dark spots simultaneously. Understand that improvement takes time; and dark spots will take a little longer to fade after the acne is under control.