Introduction to PIH

Post inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) is particularly common and is a result of injury or inflammation which causes the over production of melanin (the substance that gives skin its darker colour), forming the characteristic dark marks on the skin. This is often a source of great distress for the individual and it can be extremely difficult to treat and prevent.

The management of PIH/pigmentation should first address the cause leading to the inflammatory response (e.g. acne), and then a number of topical agents can be used to lighten the dark areas. Topical agents include hydroquinone, Azelaic acid, retinoids, kojic acid, liquorice extract etc. Other treatment options we offer for pigmentation include microdermabrasion and a course of chemical peels.

Science: Your skin increased the production of melanin in order to protect itself from the damaging effects of the sun. The melanin commonly makes your skin look darker or tanned. Sometimes there are uneven levels of melanin produced, causing irregular pigmentation (colouring) of the skin.

“Due to the increased pigment in ethnic skin, dark marks and pigmentation are more often found in skin of colour (known as Black or Afro-Caribbean, Asian, Indian).”

Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation
Causes of PIH
  • Acne
  • Sun Damage
  • Inflammation
  • Skin Injuries
  • Dermatitis
  • Infection
  • Ingrown Hairs
Our PIH Treatments

Our post inflammatory hyperpigmentation treatments are carried out using carefully selected, proven products. Some of these products cannot be found at your high street retailers and can only be prescribed and administers by our experts and doctors as they are highly specialised and know which of thee medical grade products will work on your skin. Here at Dermanoir we have a special interest in PIH/pigmentation and adopt a number of approaches in treating it. Pigmentation can be managed at a number of levels and we have products that target 99% of the stages leading to pigmentation. A multi-combination approach is often used in the treatment of hyperpigmentation/pigmentation, but this depends on your skin and your consultation.

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This mechanical exfoliation technique helps to remove dead skin cells from the upper layers of the skin, preventing the blockage of pores. We use a diamond tip to gently remove the outermost skin layers leaving behind fresh, healthy skin. This process stimulates the formation of new skin cells and collagen production. MDA can also give you a deep skin by suctioning clogged pores and removing dead skin cells which can lead to dull and lifeless skin, acne, mottled pigmentation and poor skin health.

Throughout your course of treatments your dark marks caused by post inflammatory hyperpigmentation will begin to fade as your healthier skin layers rise to the surface. This treatment can be combined with a skin peel for brilliant results and a range of added benefits. To find out more please contact us.

This is a chemical exfoliation technique which helps to remove dead skin cells. Specific types of chemical peels also have anti-inflammatory properties which can reduce the inflammation and appearance of pigmentation and post inflammatory hyperpigmentation.

Having a course of microdermabrasion treatments added to a skin peel can achieve fantastic results as it will thoroughly remove all of the dead skin that it created as a result of the skin peel. Here at Dermanoir we have one of the widest range of skin peels available to suit every skin type. We also have a range of combination peels if your skin has a number of issues which need to be targeted.

Following a free no obligation consultation with a skincare expert we can provide private prescription for a number of clinically proven treatments and products. We can also provide you with the correct aftercare products following a treatment. Some of these products cannot be found at your high street retailers and can only be prescribed and administers by our experts and doctors as they are highly specialised and know which of thee medical grade products will work on your skin.

These are skincare ranges which have been proven popular with the treatment of pigmentation and PIH. We use Neostrata and Zein Obagi products as they have powerful potent formulations with high quality active ingredients specifically targeted at reducing the appearance and preventing the formation of pigmentation and other skin conditions. Our experts have used these products which is why we prescribe them as treatments.

Neostrata: A daily skincare regimen designed to brighten skin, illuminate and help to control pigment for bright even skin tone. With patented NeoGlucosomine, Retinol, stabilised Vitamin C, peptides and proven botanical brighteners and alpine plant extracts. A simple to use, clinically proven daily regimen targeting all 6 natural pigment control systems, enhancing cell turnover to exfoliate existing pigmented spots, as well as inhibiting tyrosinase, the key enzyme in the production of melanin. Contains SabiWhite, the active component of turmeric and a proven depigmenting agent. These specially formulated prescription products penetrates below the surface of your skin to transform skin cell functions at the cellular level and correct the damage within. It exfoliates old skin leaving healthy, new skin that looks and acts younger and healthier.

ZO (Zein Obagi) Skin Health: Products and programs available for you to purchase directly from our website to reduce the signs of sun damage and photo-aging and provide your skin with a number of other benefits. For ZO Skin Health products and regimes specifically designed to combat pigmentation and post inflammatory hyperpigmentation please contact us.

ZO (Zein Obagi) Medical: Prescription strength formulations and programs available for you to purchase following consultation with a fully qualified physician. For ZO Medical products and regimes specially designed to combat pigmentation and PIH, please contact us.