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Therapeutic Approach

Postinflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) is a relatively common, acquired pigmentary disorder caused by acute skin injury or inflammation. PIH can be categorized as epidermal or dermal, based on the depth of involvement. Initial treatment should focus on controlling the primary cause of skin inflammation. Subsequent therapy should be based on the depth of involvement and severity. See Table 69-1.

Table 69-1Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation Treatment Table

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