Illuminate Skin Therapies

Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation

Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation

Post-Inflammatory Hyper-Pigmentation (PIH): What Is It? 

Post-Inflammatory Hyper-pigmentation (PIH) is the proper name used to describe an increase of pigment to a specific area of the skin following an injury to the skin or inflammation. It is the skin’s natural response to inflammation. PIH usually looks like a flat area of discolouration on the skin. It is not pitted or raised and can range in colour from purple to brown or black, depending on your skin tone and the depth of discolouration. PIH develops when a wound or irritation, like a scrape, rash, burn or pimple, causes the skin to become inflamed. Following damage to either the epidermis (superficial layer of skin) or the dermis (dense, cell producing, inner layer of skin), the epidermis will begin stimulating melanocytes (melanin-producing cells) to synthesize melanin at an increased rate.

Melanin is the protein in the skin that gives it its colour and this excess melanin is what darkens and discolours the skin. While PIH generally remains after the wound has completely healed, steps may be taken to promote faster healing and fading of pigmentation. Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation is a distinct darkening of post-congestion spots or other sites of injury, which leave noticeable contrast between the site of inflammation and surrounding, unaffected tissue.

What Causes PIH?

Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation is a natural part of the healing process; it’s the result of excess pigment gathering at the site of advanced congestion or wound once congestion has successfully cleared.

Who Can Experience Post-Inflammatory Hyper-Pigmentation?

Anyone can develop Post-Inflammatory Hyper-pigmentation, however it’s most common among clients challenged by congestion, especially those who have warm, olive or richly pigmented skin.

What Are The Most Effective Treatments?

Complexion Rehab uses a combination of laser wavelengths, which stimulate lymphatic flow, supporting the elimination of excess pigmentation. This process helps neutralize areas of concentrated melanin to the most common denominator, leaving skin appearance smooth to touch and visually balanced. Independently, or as a part of Complexion Rehab, Epidermal Spot Treatment can focus laser energy on areas requiring precision, such as post-acneic spots to minimize the contrast of melanic accumulation.

  • We Recommend:
    • Complexion Rehab
    • Epidermal Spot Treatment, especially as a part of Complexion Rehab
    • Tyrosinase Inhibitors: Kojic Acid, Azelaic Acid
    • Antioxidants: Vitamin C, Alpha Arbutin, Astaxanthin
  • The Benefits:
    • Complexion Rehab: This strategic application of spot treatment, combined with one or both wavelengths used during your 8-week journey will result in reduction and complete elimination in most cases of common Post-Inflammatory Pigmentation.
    • Active Skincare Ingredients: Responsive and proactive; in the case of Tyrosinase inhibitors, such as Alpha Arbutin + Kojic Acid, the production of melanin, or more specifically, the enzyme which catalyzes the production of melanin is neutralized, thereby “inhibiting” the overproduction of melanin that occurs as a natural part of the body’s healing response.
    • Antioxidants: Enhance the body’s efficiency, detoxify, and support 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 faster processing of “healing” pigmentation.

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

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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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