IPL Effective Treatment for PIH?
- Asked by reddy in sydney Australia
- 4 years ago
I am suffering from post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) following Fraxel Repair nine months ago. I have been using 4% hydroquinone for 5 months with no improvement. I recently went and saw a laser dermatologist who suggested light IPL treatments. Is this worth a shot? Or will it worsen my condition?
IPL is not ideal for post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.
Thank you for your question.
Unfortunately, IPL is not a standard treatment for post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. I would advise a higher percentage of hydroquinone, or even Tri-luma, plus time. Because of your mediterranean background, time will be your best treatment. Sometimes it may take up to 1-1.5 years for post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation to resolve in darker-skinned persons.
Hope this helps!
IPL can be effective for post inflammatory hyperpigmentation.
What color is your untreated skin? If you have a light complexion, you're more likely to have a favorable response. Is the PIH blotchy or uniform? Blotchy brown spots are difficult to remove.
Definitely use high quality SPF several times a day, every day. I don't think hydroquinone alone will be suitable.
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