Postinflammatory hyperpigmentation in patients with skin of color

Cutis. 2016 Jan;97(1):E9-E11.

Abstract

Postinflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) has posed a substantial challenge for patients with higher Fitzpatrick skin types, specifically types III to VI. Treatment modalities pose a number of limitations due to the number of treatments required, potential side effects, and overall efficacy. Fortunately, multiple therapies have been delineated that can be moderately to highly efficacious in treating PIH in patients with skin of color. This article will review some of these modalities and procedures for this common patient concern.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Chemexfoliation / methods
  • Dermatitis / complications*
  • Dermatologic Agents / administration & dosage*
  • Dermatologic Agents / pharmacology
  • Dicarboxylic Acids / administration & dosage
  • Dicarboxylic Acids / pharmacology
  • Drug Combinations
  • Ethanol / administration & dosage
  • Ethanol / pharmacology
  • Glycolates / administration & dosage
  • Glycolates / pharmacology
  • Humans
  • Hydroquinones / administration & dosage
  • Hydroquinones / pharmacology
  • Hyperpigmentation / drug therapy*
  • Hyperpigmentation / etiology
  • Hyperpigmentation / therapy*
  • Inflammation / complications
  • Keratolytic Agents / administration & dosage*
  • Keratolytic Agents / pharmacology
  • Lactic Acid / administration & dosage
  • Lactic Acid / pharmacology
  • Pyrones / administration & dosage
  • Pyrones / pharmacology
  • Resorcinols / administration & dosage
  • Resorcinols / pharmacology
  • Salicylates / administration & dosage
  • Salicylates / pharmacology
  • Salicylic Acid / administration & dosage
  • Salicylic Acid / pharmacology
  • Skin Pigmentation / drug effects
  • Skin Pigmentation / physiology*
  • Tretinoin / administration & dosage
  • Tretinoin / pharmacology

Substances

  • Dermatologic Agents
  • Dicarboxylic Acids
  • Drug Combinations
  • Glycolates
  • Hydroquinones
  • Jessner's solution
  • Keratolytic Agents
  • Pyrones
  • Resorcinols
  • Salicylates
  • glycolic acid
  • Lactic Acid
  • Ethanol
  • Tretinoin
  • kojic acid
  • azelaic acid
  • Salicylic Acid
  • hydroquinone