Vitiligo is a condition in which pigment producing cells are destroyed, creating white patches on the skin. Various areas can be involved including face, neck, eyes, nostrils, navel, genitals, groin, armpits, and the retina of the eyes. It can appear at sites of injuries such as cuts, scrapes and burns. This condition is found in approximately 1% of the population. Most people with vitiligo are otherwise in good health.
The cause of vitiligo is not known, however, there are four theories regarding this condition:
The only effective treatment for vitiligo at this time is PUVA light treatment which may take months to years to produce improvement. Other therapies may be suggested by a dermatologist in specific cases. Because these treatments may be very individualized, a discussion in this document would not be possible. Please inquire of your dermatologist.
The newest advance in the treatment of vitiligo is the 308 Excimer laser. The Photomedex laser has outstanding results on head and neck vitiligo. There are very good results on other areas of the body. The hand and feet are most resistant to re-pigmentation. North Valley Dermatology Center has the only Excimer laser in the North State and has been delighted with the results.