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Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) happens when your skin makes extra melanin after it has been irritated or injured.

What is Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH)?

This condition can develop on irritated and injured skin. It is important to note that PIH is not scar development.  Instead, it is the manufacturing of pigment in your skin in response to an injury or irritation.   Your body makes extra pigment called melanin that can appear as dark red, tan, brown, or blue-gray patches on your skin.  The most common causes are acne, eczema, and an infection such as impetigo.  Other reported causes are:  Razor burns,  Bug bites,  Infections,  Burns and  Allergic reactions


How ProfileMD treats PIH

Our doctors use the PIQO4 laser to fade persistent hyperpigmentation. Safe for all skin types, the laser breaks up the pigment. It often requires more than one treatment, depending on the persistence of the case. They also prescribe Tranexamic Acid (TXA) to be applied between treatments to accelerate reduction of discoloration. 



With years of medical experience our doctors, Dr. Jared Mallalieu and Dr. Ross VanAntwerp, specialize in bringing out the best in people through our unique laser and cosmetic procedures. Get in touch with us for your free, no-obligation consultation.

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