The Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation Treatments You Need

Audrey Noble

The words "post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation" look and sound scary. When we first heard the term being thrown around, we thought it was some sort of super hybrid of pigmentation that would need a procedure to treat. Luckily, that is not the case.  

"Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation is a type of discoloration," says dermatologist Ranella Hirsch, MD. "You’ve had something that has caused inflammation of the skin one way or another, and the consequence of which is it leaves behind some pigment."

Hirsch goes on to further explain that post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation is an encompassing term to describe what happens to the skin after an inflammatory event. "You know when you look at someone's legs and can instantly tell they've been attacked by mosquitoes? The discoloration—which is different for every skin tone—is post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation." Other causes for inflammation are the standard ones we're used to: acne, rosacea, sunburn, burns, and scratches. 

So what do we do about treating it? She suggests looking for products that treat redness (especially for those with a pale or fair complexion) and products that contain antioxidants (for all skin types). She says anything we would normally use to even out skin tone, brighten complexion, and treat pigmentation works just as good. We've rounded up products that we think are up for the task. 

Scroll down to see what products can treat post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. 

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