On some people, there will be hyperpigmentation, but it will go away. This video is so amazing at describing why and how it all happens.
People with more pigment (people with more olive skin / brown skin / African American) can be more likely to see them show up as the area I treated heels.
It is often called P.I.H.
Mike Bono really breaks this down and explains why it happens in great detail. (And, he even explained how continuing treatment will help the spots to heal more quickly, potentially.)
Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation After Electrolysis Hair Removal is not abnormal. Some of our skin just has more melanin and it’s more likely to leave spots. (You likely know if your skin does this already.)
This is another great article about how this is nothing to worry about and it will heal very quickly for most clients.
The Following Text is From Follokill:
” Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (PIH) is a very common side effect of electrolysis or laser hair removal treatments. Post inflammatory hyperpigmentation occurs in many patients regardless of skin colour. PIH is, however, more noticeable and long lasting on people with brown or black skin.
Here is an illustration of post inflammatory hyperpigmentation approximately 8 weeks after a small test patch was done using thermolysis and an insulated probe on the legs” *click their link for the photos they mention here
“Each red dot indicates the opening of a hair follicle where a small scab developed following treatment. Once the scabs shed you are left with the red dots (or brown dots if your skin is darker). The area will be cleared once more as we continue with the treatment of her lower legs. Once the electrolysis hair removal process is complete the area will heal to reveal beautiful, silky, hair-free skin!
Post inflammatory hyperpigmentation after electrolysis needs anywhere from 3 months to 2 years to heal following the last treatment in the area.
You can use products to help the process along but I tell my clients just to leave their skin alone because time is the best healer. Products like Retin A (tretinoin), hydraquinone, glycolic acid or any other product that stimulates an exfoliating effect on the skin can be used once the scabs have shed. A great product I use is called Lac-hydrin. It’s designed for dry skin but it contains 12% lactic acid so it produces the exfoliating effect that can improve the appearance post inflammatory hyperpigmentation.
Post inflammatory hyperpigmentation following electrolysis cannot be avoided if you want to get rid of the hair.
If you are of Indian or African descent (or if you have olive skin) it is almost a certainty you will see PIH following electrolysis treatment on the body. It doesn’t worry me as the electrologist and it should not worry you as the client. Post inflammatory hyperpigmentation will heal to reveal the beautiful skin that was hiding under the unwanted hair and razor bumps for years!
I always tell clients that they are the best judge of how their skin will heal from electrolysis on the body. If your skin has many pigmented patches then you will want to proceed slowly with electrolysis and perhaps do a few test patches with various techniques to see which one works best for your skin.