RN: Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation

Course Information

Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) is the most common skin reaction to various inflammatory skin conditions. This condition is caused by the activation of the inflammatory pathway, and the subsequent release of cytokines, which in turn activate the melanocytes.Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation is more common in people with skin color, though it can affect any age and any skin of any tone. Preventive measures should be taken in the inflammatory cases, because post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) is quite challenging in treatment, and has had psychological effects on the patients that affect the quality of their lives.  There are various treatment options for PIH.

This course has been approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing and the California Board of Vocational Nursing for 1 Contact Hour.


  1. Describe the conditions that can cause post inflammatory hyperpigmentation
  2. Identify treatments and prevention of post inflammatory hyperpigmentaion
  3. Explain the psychological effects and the impact on quality of life

Course Instructor

Maryrose Espil, RN, MSN has more than 25 years experience in the health care field. She started training as a nursing assistant as a teen and has worked as a CNA, Certified Home Health Aide, Licensed Vocational Nurse and Registered Nurse in various health care settings. She received her Master’s Degree in Nursing Education from Excelsior College in 2012. She enjoys teaching and developing curriculum while working as a registered nurse in direct patient care. There are no relevant financial relationships with any product manufacturer or service provider mentioned.


RN: Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation