Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation Treatment – What You Need to Know
Last time as you may or may not know, we discussed 3 Common Causes of Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation.
We talked about how embarrassing and annoying this particular skin condition can be, as well as the confidence/insecurity issues it has to potential to create. However, if you remember, we also mentioned that it is not permanent, and in fact can be treated effectively to the point that it is completely gone (so this is great news!)
Let me remind you though, post inflammatory hyperpigmentation treatment does take time, as well as a decent amount of persistence in order to achieve the results that you want and need.
First, I would like to discuss some of the over the counter/non-natural treatments for post inflammatory hyperpigmentation, and then I will talk to you and share with you some all natural remedies…
Topical Treatments for Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation
A trip to your local pharmacy, or a quick search on the internet will uncover a ton of topical creams and products that claim to eliminate PIH very quickly, nearly overnight, and safely. This simply is not true, and to be honest is very misleading to say the least.
Allow me to talk about two common treatments…
1. Hydroquinone - Many PIH treatment creams contain Hydroquinone as their active “miracle” ingredient. You have possibly heard of this ingredient, and it would not surprise me if a large number of you have actually used this before, it is that common.
Some people swear by it, and some people swear at it, as their skin has been left in a dry-cracked, seemingly permanently damaged conditioned after long term usage (to me it is not worth the risk). As with any chemical based product, you need to be cautious when using Hydroquinone, so consulting with a dermatologist beforehand should be a priority, not optional.
I would like to bring to your attention some of the potential risks associated with regular use of Hydroquinone…
They include, but are not limited to:
- Irritant Contact Dermatitis – which affects 70% of those who use products that contain Hydroquinone regularly.
- Hypopigmentation – permanently lightened patches of skin.
- Pseudo Yellow-Nail Syndrom – which is self explanatory (discoloration of fingernails)
- Corneal Melanosis and Degeneration – this is described as discoloration and deterioration of the eye.
These are just a small number of the risks associated with regular use of this ingredient. If you would like to learn about more of these risks a google search should not leave you short of pages packed with them.
2. Glycolic Acid Peels - While actually semi safe and useful in products that contain 4%-10%, Glycolic acid peels contain 20%-70%. So you can see how much stronger these peels are than a cream that say contains 5% Glycolic acid. This means that if you do this at home, you are practically openly inviting disastrous results.
Glycolic acid in a 20%-70% concentration must be neutralized by a specially formulated neutralizer…
This means that you, once again, must consult a professional and have them perform this in-office Glycolic acid peel. These peels can become very expensive rather fast, when you find out that it normally takes several doctor office visits and procedures before you may or may not begin to achieve the results that you desire.
It is also worth educating your brain with the knowledge that often these peels are accompanied by a rather lengthy and sometimes even painful recovery period.
So, if you have the money to spend, have a dermatologist that you trust and can consult with, maybe this option is for you? Just be sure to do research first so that you can make an educated/informed/comfortable decision. Also, I must announce that Glycolic acid peels are not for all skin types – which you dermatologist should make you aware of.
Natural post inflammatory hyperpigmentation treatments, tips, and recipes…
Of course I had to throw this in here somewhere right?? – You won’t give me a hard time for that will you? It’s just the way I like to deal with skin conditions, along with millions of others.
It is my goal to educate you and enable you to correct your skin condition as safely as possible, and using all natural techniques will do just that.
First, I want to list for you a few tips, that if you are not actively doing, you should really consider starting to – that is if you plan on making a serious attempt at fixing your PIH condition.
Make sure you are doing these daily:
Here are two natural recipes that will help your skin condition:
In a bowl put 2 tablespoons of sandalwood powder. Slowly add the rose water and mix until a thin paste is formed. Using your fingers apply the paste to the affected area of your skin and let it sit for 20-30 minutes. Rinse you skin thoroughly and apply moisturizer.
- 2 Tablespoons of baking soda
- 1 Teaspoon of honey
- A few drops of water
Mix all ingredients into a paste. Using your fingers apply to the affected area of skin. Let it soak in for 15-20 minutes. Rinse and moisturize. You can do this daily.
Let me repeat again….Post inflammatory hyperpigmentation treatments require patience and consistency. There are no “quick fixes”, and you should be prepared to work towards your desired results for anywhere from 6-24 months, realistically.
Unfortunately, this is a marathon, not a sprint…
That among other reasons is why I always encourage people to try all natural ingredients first, because using chemical based products for long periods of time, to me at least, seems like a bad, expensive, and dangerous idea – to put it mildly.
I hope you found this information on post inflammatory hyperpigmentation treatment helpful, and walk away slightly more informed about it than before, if nothing else.
Have a great day!
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