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2 Doctor Answers | Asked by ludwig in Brooklyn, NY
The inflammatory hyperpigmentation from acne will almost always fade on its own in usually 1-3 months (longer if darker or with asian skin). In my honest opinion, it would be a waste to try to remove this hyperpigmentation with IPL or any other laser as they don't practically work for post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, but rather better used for lentigos. The best treatment for the post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation of acne is time, the treatment of the originating acne, and perhaps...
Yes, IPL can treat hyperpigmentation left on the skin as a result of inflammation from acne. However, I would wait several months after it first presented before treating it in this way. This is because IPL treatments add heat to the skin and cause acute inflammation which can sometimes worsen post inflammatory hyperpigmentation if it is treated too soon. In the meantime, chemical peels are another option. In either case, it is important to begin treating with skin care products that will...