Kimberly Beauty Blog
The Truth Behind PIH
You've almost certainly heard of sun spots, age spots, and liver spots. Most people would call them the most embarrassing skin conditions they face (see what we did there?), and it figures that they would be the most difficult to treat or cover-up.
These issues are neatly categorized under the fancy term "Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation" or PIH, and they are caused by any surface cell damage. That seems like a broad way to describe how PIH issues are caused, but that's because there are so very many ways to damage the skin's surface!
Consider how many times you have been advised against picking at your face - picking is one of the leading causes of PIH! We promise we're not just trying to stop you from having any fun. One of the other leading causes of PIH is sun damage.
Sun damage, like a sunburn, can leave dull, dirty-looking areas not just on the face but on any part of the body that is exposed to ultraviolet rays. We all know that sun exposure can be dangerous for a host of other reasons, but it can in fact cause obvious skin discolorations and unevenness that may lead to embarrassment and loss of confidence. This is a great time to casually mention how important sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 is every day, even on cloudy days.