Vitiligo is a skin condition that causes the skin to lose its natural color, leaving patches of skin that are lighter than the rest of the body. It is unknown what causes this condition, but there are multiple vitiligo treatments available. Vitiligo not only affects the skin but can also cause people to lose color in their hair and eyes. Vitiligo is not a contagious skin condition, but can be emotionally distressing for the person with the condition.
While there are multiple treatments available, the goal of most treatments is to slow the progression of the condition and to restore the loss of skin color. Some people lose only small patches of color while others lose the color over a large part of their skin.
A dermatologist can work with you to choose which treatment option is best based on your preferences, overall health, and location of the affected skin. After speaking with a dermatologist, you may choose to not pursue treatment at all. Educate yourself on at least three different vitiligo treatments below so you can be prepared when speaking to a dermatologist about your options.
- No Medical Treatment
Some people who have been diagnosed with vitiligo choose not to pursue treatment. Many people who choose to forgo treatment will cover the affected areas of skin with cosmetics from makeup to self-tanner. Vujevich Dermatology Associates recommends Glo Minerals Makeup to not only cover the affected areas, but to nourish your skin as well. This treatment option is safe for all ages, with little to no side effects.
Topical medicine can be applied to small areas of the skin affected by vitiligo to help slow progression of color loss and restore pigment to the skin. Results are not immediate, but with continued use approximately half of people who are treated with topical medicine regain some color in the affected areas. Topical medicines can be combined with other medicine to enhance the effects of the topical application. Topical medicine is best used to treat vitiligo in patients with darker skin tones and on certain areas such as the face.
- Light Treatment
Light treatment to treat vitiligo consists of two options: a narrowband ultraviolet B light box or excimer laser treatment. A light box is used when treating widespread vitiligo. Excimer laser treatments are used to treat small areas of affected skin. Approximately 70% of people who receive light treatment see color return to affected areas of their skin. Light treatment can be combined with a topical medicine as a treatment regimen.
No matter which treatment option you’re interested in learning more about, Vujevich Dermatology Associates can help. You can schedule an appointment with one of our dermatologists to discuss other available vitiligo treatments, or schedule an appointment with Lisa Barba, CRNP to discuss Glo Minerals makeup.
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