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.
The products I swear by, that give noticeable results on my skin:
- A high UVAPF sunscreen with newer photostable organic filters. My favourite is Ultraceuticals Daily Moisturiser SPF 30 with Tinosorb S, which I also reviewed in this Empties video and this post of my RVR90 experience. I don’t hate avobenzone, but I don’t trust it if it’s the only UVA1 filter in a sunscreen.
- Vitamin C serum. I make my easy DIY vitamin C serum using these ascorbic acid crystals. I’ve also been getting lazier, so sometimes I just put a little pinch of powder into my moisturiser. Don’t do this if your skin isn’t used to acids, and proceed super slowly – if you’ve ever tried a gritty water-free ascorbic acid product you’ll know the pain that crystals can bring!
- Lactic and mandelic acid exfoliants. My most used products are Kate Somerville Exfolikate and Ultraceuticals Brightening Serum, but I’ve also been using Stratia Soft Touch AHA and Tarte Knockout Tingling Treatment lately.
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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