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When your acne or breakout heals, does it leave behind dark scars & spots or dark patches around the area where the blemish was?

You may be dealing with PIH (Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation).

Acne prone skin types may experience this a lot followed closely by rough skin texture, post inflammatory acne scars & imbalanced skin PH. The exact treatment plan you choose will depend on your skin type, skin tone, your routine, and how serious the condition is.

No matter your skin type or age, hyperpigmentation can be one of the most difficult skin concerns to correct. It takes time, patience, consistency and a combination of the right ingredients in your skincare routine.

Below are our top 5 products for addressing PIH:


This liquid - gel consistency based serum contains a powerful combination of kojic acid, alpha arbutin and hyalauronic acid. The combination works for fading spots over time and people who use the serum consistently attest to the claim that it visibly improves and lighten scars, spots, treats sun damage and even the skin tone within the first few weeks of use. This serum can be combined with niacinamide and retinol based products. The hyalauronic acid in the formulation helps to keep the skin moisturized and hydrated.


This box encourages skin repair from the inside out by cocktailing or layering a variety of vitamin c based formulations for better results. Vitamin C is a very powerful antioxidant that helps repair the skin, reduce the appearance of scars, even the skin tone, brighten the skin and boost collagen production - An effective combination for treating PIH.

The O'Range Box contains Vitamin C serum(30% L'ascorbic acid & 10% Magnesium ascorbyl phosphate), L'ascorbic acid powder & solvent liquid solution,  1000mg Vitamin C supplement.


Timeless Retinol Serum is formulated using pure retinol - a derivative compound of vitamin A. Retinol is effective for improving skin texture as it penetrates deep beneath the skin to repair the skin, even out skin tone and treat acne related hyperpigmentation.

Timeless Retinol Serum can be used daily but we advise building up usage slowly especially as some skin types may need to adjust to the daily use of retinol.


The new improved Corrective B3 is a clear liquid formulation that combines niacinamide, malic acid & hyalauronic acid. Niacinamide could become your best find for treating PIH and improving the skin texture especially when used along side other active ingredients to boost its skin repair benefits and anti-aging benefits.


A very powerful combination of antioxidants for skin repair, even skin tone, sun protection and skin rejuvenation. This serum works with the skin barrier by boosting collagen levels and reduce over production of melanin on the skin surface. Immortal serum is even more effective as it pairs effortlessly with all active ingredients including retinol and hydroquinione based OTC products.


Of course we know its practically a waste of time, effort and money when you treat hyperpigmentation but neglect sun protection. Using mineral based sunscreens that contains zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide with SPF 30 -50 daily for broad spectrum protection helps protect your skin from the damaging effect of harmful sun rays.


Acne scars and PIH are not one and the same although both may occur at the same time from breakouts or blemishes. Because many people confuse both conditions, its possible to use the wrong treatment routines.

Acne scars may be hypertrophic [excess skin tissue that builds up after a breakout] or atrophic [ lesions that appear like tiny depressed holes on the skin and may look like enlarged open pores].

PIH on the other hand is the after effect of acne or breakout and happens as a result of over production of melanin on the skin which then leaves behind dark patches, dark spots or dark scars.

Regular treatment is advised alongside consistent used of products as PIH may reappear even after treatment.

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Also click on the list below to see details of recommended products

Pigment corrector serum

O'range radiance box

Timeless vitamin c serum

Timeless L'ascorbic acid powder & solvent liquid solution

Timeless retinol serum

Corrective B3 serum

Immortal Astaxantin & COQ10 Serum

Beach please sunscreen




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