Illuminate Skin Therapies

Post-Inflammatory Erythema

Post-Inflammatory Erythema

Post-Inflammatory Erythema (PIE): What Is It?

Post-Inflammatory Erythema (PIE) are red or purple marks left behind after bouts of advanced acne. Erythema is redness of the skin or mucous membranes, caused by hyperemia (increased blood flow) in superficial capillaries, which occurs during the healing process. PIE happens when the capillaries (tiny blood vessels) at the surface of your skin are damaged by the likes of inflamed acne, cuts, scratches, and sunburns. In less melanated skin tones, this red coloration will have a more pronounced presentation due to the lighter surrounding skin. PIE differs from scarring in that it resolves over time.

What Causes PIE?

Any and all inflammatory trauma to the skin can cause PIE, however, most commonly, acne is the leading. Other causes may be dermatitis, sunburn, and psoriasis.

Who Can Experience Post-Inflammatory Erythema?

The full spectrum of melanated shades can experience PIE, although post-inflammatory erythema will be more visible on less melanated/cool-toned skins. Although PIE may be less visible on deep + rich skins, the inflammatory response is still present, which is why a touch-based precepting of the skin surface may be necessary to interpret the presence of inflammation; an important factor in treatment strategy.

What Are The Most Effective Treatments?

Complexion Rehab uses a combination of laser wavelengths, which stimulate lymphatic flow and expedite the healing of PIE. This process helps support healing the areas of inflammation to a neutral foundation. Independently, or as a part of Complexion Rehab, Dermal Spot Treatment can focus laser energy on areas requiring precision, such as post-acne spots to minimize the contrast caused by inflammation.

  • We Recommend:
    • Complexion Rehab
    • Dermal Spot Treatment
    • Antioxidants Ingredients: Vitamin C, Astaxanthin
    • Gentle Regenerative Ingredients: Bakuchiol
    • Soothing Ingredients: Milk Thistle, Blue Tansy
  • The Benefits:
    • Complexion Rehab: Both response to PIE and proactive measure, this limits the occurrence of PIE. By detoxing, regulating, and reducing inflammation, this treatment establishes an environment of skin wellness that helps prevent the most common cause of PIE: Acne.
    • Antioxidants: Enhances the body’s efficiency, detoxifies, and supports environments in which healthy cellular turnover can occur and the shedding and repopulation cycles of skin and its collagen-building blocks can thrive. This results in a faster process of healing of the Inflammation that contributes to PIE. 
    • Soothing and Regenerative Ingredients: Can aid in the process of calming and stimulating faster cellular turnover; thereby neutralizing the redness caused by PIE.

Complimentary Consults

Perhaps the most important phase of our journey together is your complimentary consultation. This is your opportunity to see what our passion for the details of your skin will look like with Illuminate as your skincare guide can look like! During this 30-45 minutes of shared exchange, we will get to know your skin in real-time, develop an appreciation for the way you care for your skin, and hopefully answer any questions you have! We are here to help you develop or expand upon your individual skincare philosophy, including best practices, care, and services! 


Illuminate Skin Therapies offers a variety of skincare solutions to address a number of challenging skin conditions. Here you can explore the skin health challenges and the effective and enhancing services we provide and the options available to achieve your most radiant and vital complexion.

Complexion Rehab
Complexion Rehab

Type of Treatment: Laser: Lifestyle-Friendly, Non-Ablative (No Downtime) $99/session Complexion Rehab is an adaptable, 8-week program that uses strategic laser therapy and the nourishing support of organic, plant-based skincare to enhan

Radiance + Refine
Radiance + Refine

Type of Treatment: Laser: Ablative (Downtime-4-7 days development) $595/session Two phases of complexion transformation merge to elevate this ablative treatment to high-level effectiveness.. We begin with “Radiance”: fractio

Radiance + Refresh
Radiance + Refresh

Type of Treatment: Laser + Dermal Infusion: An Illuminate Signature adaptation, not offered anywhere else $189/session Flawlessly adapted to your skin-specifics, Radiance + Refresh detoxifies and illuminates with skin-specific Wavelengt

Full Service Skin Care Tailored For You

Full Service Skin Care Tailored For You

Illuminate Skin Therapies is committed to providing elevated and accessible skincare solutions to serve Calgary and the area. Our beautiful, welcoming, and relaxing skin wellness centre boasts state-of-the-art technologies, private consultation spaces, and a retail space of top-of-the-line skin care products to support our clients on their journey to vital, glowing skin. Book your Complimentary Consultation today.

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Illuminate Skin Therapies creates strategic, compassionate skincare solutions. Our technicians are highly trained and empathetic, delivering therapeutic care with the support of products and services that are consciously created using premium ingredients and innovative techniques. Illuminate is committed to delivering high-performance results, which are reliable and cumulative due to consistent refinement and challenge to the conventional standard for beauty.

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