Post Inflammatory hypopigmentation may occur as a result of cutaneous inflammation or injury to the skin. In these cases, the lack of color will resolve on its own as skin cells in the region heal. The skin cells in the affected area should be able to produce melanin again within the next couple of months. To accelerate this healing process it is recommended to use formulations that incorporate ingredients that stimulate new healthy tissue development such as; epidermal growth factors as well as anti-inflammatory ingredients such as; silymarin, bisabolol and InflaShieldTM.
However, as mentioned under post-traumatic hypopigmentation it is important to remember that trauma to the skin can result in melanotoxicity (melanocyte death) in that area, resulting in pigment loss of the scar. This type of pigment loss is usually permanent, but over a long period of time, it could re-pigment partially or totally. There are no topical treatments for this type of hypopigmentation.