It is a chronic skin condition characterized by portions of the skin losing their pigment. It occurs when skin pigment cells die or are unable to function. Vitiligo patients are often seen with small to large white patches on their body, hands, legs and even face. It is a disease that strips one of their self-confidence and self-esteem. Treatments are available to restore colour to the white patches of the skin.
Medical treatments such as: • Medicines to be applied topically or orally. • Treatment that utilizes ultraviolet A (UVA) light (PUVA) • Removing the colour from other areas so they match the white patches.
Surgical treatments such as: • Skin grafts from an individual’s own tissues. • Tattooing small areas of skin.
Other treatments: • Sunscreens • Cosmetics, such as makeup or dye, to cover the white patches • Counseling and support.