What is post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, and can it be treated?

Your skin is the largest organ of your body–and the most exposed! Various issues can impact the skin’s health and appearance, and in most situations, these can be alleviated with the assistance of a professional. Dr. Cheryl Burgess is a Board-Certified dermatologist serving Annapolis, Maryland, and Washington, DC, who can assist with diagnosing and treating skin concerns. This includes a problematic condition that can impact patients called post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. We can evaluate you at the Center for Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery, provide a definitive diagnosis, and discuss possible treatment options.

What is post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation?

Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation is a common skin condition characterized by the development of patches of discolored skin. These patches are usually darker than the surrounding skin and can range in color from light brown to deep black or gray. They may be described as melanin spots on the skin or just referred to as “skin discoloration.” Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation can develop anywhere on the face and body and make patients self-conscious about their appearance.

What causes post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation?

Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation can often occur from:

  • Inflammation
  • Injury
  • Allergic reactions to agents
  • Melasma

Working with a dermatologist who can evaluate your skin and provide the cause of the condition is the first step toward receiving the most appropriate treatment to address the problem. There are a few approaches to treating this specific concern, so expertise in the field of dermatology is critical in getting the best information and education regarding your skin’s needs.

Is there a way of achieving skin pigmentation removal?

Absolutely! With the help of our Board-Certified dermatologist, Dr. Cheryl Burgess, you can obtain a proper diagnosis of your condition as well as treatment options designed to meet your unique skin needs.

If you are a resident of Annapolis, Maryland, or Washington, DC, and are ready to speak to a provider with years of experience treating a wide range of both medical and cosmetic dermatologic concerns, connect with us today by calling one of our two office locations.

You may contact our Washington office at (202) 955-5757 and our Annapolis office at (410) 224-1195 or Request an Appointment Online with ease.

The Center for Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery is open to new patients who are considering treatments for a number of concerns with a provider who is nationally and internationally acclaimed for their contributions and expertise in the field of dermatology.