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Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation

What is post-infammatory hyperpigmentation?

  • It is a discoloration that is left on the skin after an underlying skin disease has healed.
  • The underlying skin disease may be trauma, skin infection, eczema (dermatitis) or a drug reaction.
  • In dark-skinned persons, the color tends to be more intense and persists for a longer period.
  • The pigmentation tends to fade slowly with time.

Post-inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (Following dermatitis)

Post-inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (following dermatitis)



How is post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation treated ?

  • Usually, normal skin color will return slowly over a period of months.
  • One should avoid further trauma to the area, e.g. frequent rubbing and sunlight exposure.
  • In hyperpigmentation, bleaching agents such as those containing hydroquinone may be used. The latter is however not more rapidly effective than if no treatment is given. Creams containing derivatives of vitamin A are not recommended as they induce an inflammation which worsens the problem.



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