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PIH - Please help!
Jeune1 posted:
I get post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation and because my complexion is on the lighter side the marks really stand out. I had an allergic reaction recently and now I have a lot around my mouth and jaw. It looks awful and I have to attend an important meeting next month.

Can anyone recommend something that will help them quickly fade?
Elizabeth_WebMD_Staff responded:
Hi Jeune1 -

I wanted to pass along this article, Brighten Up Blemished Skin , while waiting for more response. It offers several suggestions that may help. Let us know if you have tried any of the products mentioned.

Wishing you clear skin in the near future. Keep us posted on how you are doing.

- Elizabeth
~Love of beauty is taste. Creation of beauty is art.~
Ralph Waldo Emerson
rizwan1022 responded:
hi there,
try the clay mask twice a day on your face its a cheap and home remedy and if u want to buy some product make sure it contain hydroquine in it, or u can taka steam of plain water as it open up your skins pores.
Mohiba K Tareen, MD responded:
Dear Jeune,

The most potent product to QUICKLY reduce PIH is prescription strength hydroquinone (hq). It is very effective but is NOT safe for long term use. However, for the month before the meeting, it will be very helpful. You can combine your HQ with a prescription strength retinoid and also some mild glycolic or sal acid peels.

Make an appt with your derm ASAP. I would not recommend going to anyone other than a dermatologist, as other MDs may give you TOO harsh or strong products that may make the PIH worse.

I hope that helps and please keep us posted:)
TWAnderson replied to Mohiba K Tareen, MD's response:
I heard that Hydroquinone can cause cancer. It's not worth the risk.

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