A cross-sectional analysis of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation treatments on YouTube

Published: 25 October 2021| Version 1 | DOI: 10.17632/mtm97nh93h.1


In this study, we aimed to evaluate the content, quality, and accuracy of the most viewed YouTube videos related to PIH treatment using the Dy et al. Accuracy Scale (DAS), Accuracy in Digital-Health Instrument (ANDI), and the Global Quality Scale (GQS). The data below shows the number and % of each DAS, ANDI, and GQS score sorted by healthcare and non-healthcare sources. We found that PIH treatment videos on YouTube produced by non-healthcare sources were less accurate and of lower quality, but received significantly more views than those produced by healthcare sources.



Brown University Warren Alpert Medical School


Dermatology, Social Media, Acne, Pigmentary Disorder, Ethnic Skin