What is Hypopigmentation?
“Hypo” is a prefix which means less than normal or under. So hypopigmentation is less than normal pigmentation, or a lack of color of the skin. This happens when some areas of the skin don’t produce enough melanin, and therefore look less colored than the rest of the skin.
Hypopigmentation manifests in many ways, including Vitiligo, Albinism, or post-inflammatory hypopigmentation. Vitiligo is an auto-immune disorder which shows up as white patches on the skin. Albinism is a relatively rare genetic disorder, where an enzyme that produces melanin is missing. It can manisfest as skin, hair and even eyelashes being colorless.
But perhaps the most common type of hypopigmentation is the third one mentioned above – the one which occurs subsequent to some kind of trauma to an area, such as burns, blisters or eczema. Often there is a lack of pigment in this area. Many people ask the question – does post inflammatory hypopigmentation go away? Well, generally yes – the good news is that such hypopigmentation is mostly not permanent. The bad news is that it can take a really long time to re-pigment.
We are going to discuss post inflammatory hypopigmentation in more detail in this article. Like with any other issue, if you think there is a problem, first consult a doctor to make sure of the diagnosis and discuss treatment approaches with him or her.
Treating Hypopigmentation – Naturally & Otherwise
There has been a lot of discussion lately on using ginger as a natural remedy for hypopigmentation. This has been discussed in depth in another article on this site (just click the link above for details).
Your doctor may prescribe higher strength ones, or you may even be able to get some milder ones over the counter. Either way though, you should consult with your doctor to make sure you are using the right ones, at the right strength, and so on. These topical corticosteroids are probably the most common approach to treating hypopigmentation.
This is of course not a “treatment”, but rather a solution to minimize the problem until it resolves. Applying a good quality concealer that covers the area is great way to reduce the visibility of the hypopigmented area. One good possibility is Sephora’s full coverage concealer. Their site states that this product is particularly formulated to cover major discolorations. It has a high concentration of pigments. Moreover, this product is not runny, and so stays in place. It can be used not only on the face but also on the body. You may need to play around a bit with the exact shade that will work for your skin tone. In fact, you may need to to blend a couple of shades together to get the exact one you want.