Video: My Routine for Fading Acne Marks (Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation)

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Video: My Routine for Fading Acne Marks (Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation)

New video! I’ve had a lot of questions about how to fade post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (aka PIH). I’m of East Asian heritage so I’m naturally pigmentation-prone, plus genetically I’m screwed – my dad’s face is basically one giant freckle. Sun, acne, scratches… all of these will leave pigmented dark marks that last for weeks.

While I’ve done a post on pigment fading ingredients before, this is an overview of my favourite types of products for fading PIH, and quick reviews of the products I actually use.

Check out the full video here.

The products I swear by, that give noticeable results on my skin:

I’m currently also trying out tretinoin, after a long period of being scared to death of retinoids after my retinol/flu/broken capillary experience, but it seems to be working out well – I’ll be writing/video-ing about that soon!

Niacinamide sadly doesn’t seem to do much for my PIH, but it could be just too subtle to notice.

Do you have favourite products for treating PIH?

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10 thoughts on “Video: My Routine for Fading Acne Marks (Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation)”

  1. Hi Michelle,

    I’m a new reader and still trawling through your blog archive – loving all the science-based information! I wish skin care had been a topic in chemistry class – it would have been so much more interesting.

    I’m in the UK and still looking for a good affordable moisturiser with a high SPF and good UVA protection that won’t make my dehydrated combination skin break out.

    I’m currently using La Roche-Posay Hydraphase UV Intense Light (SPF 20) which has the following ingredients:

    Active Ingredients: Avobenzone 3%, Homosalate 4.7%, Octisalate 5%, Octocrylene 7%, hyaluronic acid fragments, La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water.

    Inactive Ingredients: Water, isononyl isononanoate, glycerin, dimethicone, aluminum starch octenylsuccinate, sucrose tristearate, polymethylsilsesquioxane, polysorbate 61, PEG-12 dimethicone, carbomer, triethanolamine, dimethiconol, sodium hyaluronate, sodium stearoyl glutamate, disodium EDTA, hydrolyzed hyaluronic acid, caprylyl glycol, xanthan gum, sodium benzoate, phenoxyethanol, fragrance.

    Any thought on this one or other recommendations?


    • It looks OK but the protection is a bit low – if you’re having luck with LRP, maybe try one of their other sunscreens?

      And thank you! 🙂

  2. Left this comment on FB as well – I’ve had good luck with a combo of the Nip & Tuck Glycolic Pads (the “extreme” version; not very extreme) and Paula’s Choice Vitamin C spot-treatment. However, what I’m NOT sure about is how to PREVENT PIH (as much as is possible; I have light olive-y skin) in other words, what to do on a still-fresh pimple remnant. Too sensitive to use the aforementioned products but I want to do what I can to reduce the PIH I’ll ultimately be left with. Thoughts? (And thanks!)

  3. Hi Michelle,
    I do wondering why I keep on getting freckles/hyperpigmentation although I already using chemical sunscreen. I read somewhere that freckles were made by heat from the sun so chemical sunscreen is not the best option for people with genetics freckles. Can you help me with this?


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