Hyperpigmentation, or PIH treatments are offered to our clients from Lynnfield, Wakefield, Peabody, and Andover to smooth out their skin’s pigmentation. It is the medical term for the dark pink or brown spots that remain on your skin after acne lesions have healed. Hyperpigmentation occurs when the skin inflammation from acne or other stimuli triggers the skin to produce too much melanin, the protein in the skin which gives the skin its color.

Is PIH a scar?

Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation may be the remainder of a previous acne lesion and can be treated at SkinSync. PIH fades in anywhere from 3 – 24 months; however, there are treatment options for Hyperpigmentation so you can achieve healthier, clearer skin more quickly. Also, clients should note that picking or popping a pimple increases the odds of PIH lesions.

Topical skin treatment options

There are several over-the-counter treatments for Hyperpigmentation  include a combination of acids to exfoliate the skin, with some containing lightening agents. Hydroquinone is another treatment for Hyperpigmentation  blocks the enzyme responsible for melanin production and is also combined with lightening agents for more effective treatment. Prescription treatments like topical retinoids clear acne with rapid exfoliation which also helps clear PIH. Some of these treatments can irritate the skin so it’s best to consult with your doctor before treatment. Results can also take several weeks.

Chemical peels

The blemishes of Hyperpigmentation can be removed by chemical peels that exfoliate the skin to reveal the softer, fresher skin beneath. Several peels may be required.


These treatments gently exfoliate the skin and offer no downtime. Multiple treatments are necessary to effectively treat Hyperpigmentation.

Laser peels

Laser peels treat Hyperpigmentation by gently vaporizing your skin to reveal the new, fresh skin cells beneath. Multiple Hyperpigmentation treatments may be necessary.

As new treatments emerge, we’ll keep you informed. Always remember that the use of sun screen is important not only while undergoing the above treatments, but also to protect your skin from the damaging rays of the sun.

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