Vitiligo treatment options

In recent years, scientists have gained a better understanding of the skin condition known as vitiligo, and this has helped them adopt more effective treatment options. Creams and skin camouflage have traditionally been used to re-pigment the areas affected by vitiligo, but laser therapy and phototherapy are now being used successfully for treatment (read more).

What is Vitiligo: Vitiligo is a condition in which white patches develop on the skin. The patches usually appear on those parts of the skin that are exposed to the sun, such as the face, arms, legs, and feet. The patches often spread, but there is no way to control the rate at which this will happen. For some people the process happens over many years, while for others it happens quickly.

Causes: The condition occurs when the cells (melanocytes) responsible for producing the pigment (melanin), which is the skin darkening agent, are either damaged or destroyed.  When that happens melanin cannot be made, so there is no skin color in those areas.

Vitiligo Treatment Options

  • Narrowband UV Phototherapy: This involves the use of ultraviolet B (UVB) light to help create repigmentation. The process is slow, and it takes some time before changes are seen. Treatment can last up to 12 months, or longer in some cases.  UBV light also helps to stop new areas of white patches from forming.


  • Excimer Laser: This is more effective for repigmenting smaller areas such as the face. As it is with UVB Phototherapy, a series of treatments is required, but the results start to appear sooner.


  • Topical steroids and surgical therapies are also used to treat vitiligo.

If you want to learn more about the vitiligo treatment options available, then contact the Skin Care Center. They have offices in Chicago, Glenview, and Lake Forrest Illinois. You can visit the website at for further details.

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