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What is Vitiligo and How Do You Treat It?

Jun 7, 2022 | Conditions, Dr. Norman Wasel

Close up photo of a microneedling treatment done on the forehead of a patient

Vitiligo is a skin condition that is surprisingly common. It shows up as areas of skin that lose their color and appear white. There are some very commonly affected area such as the fingertips, face, chest, and sometimes even the groin areas.

Although the exact cause of Vitiligo remains unknown, it appears that the body’s own immune system attacks the brown parts of the skin layers causing localized depigmentation. Vitiligo cannot be transmitted to other people and does not appear to be related to any lifestyle factors. Although there is no harm in Vitiligo and people will live just as long with it or without it, many patients prefer to have treatment in order to improve the appearance.

There are variety of treatment options available including:

Nevertheless, even though there are range of treatments available for vitiligo, treating it can be quite frustrating as improvement is often quite slow.

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How should I prepare for my treatment?

Before your appointment, it is advised to adhere to the following pre-treatment guidelines: 

  • Avoid sun exposure 2 weeks prior to your treatment
  • Avoid the use of active ingredients one week prior (such as retinoids, glycolic acid, lactic acid, salicylic acid, or kojic acid) 
  • Avoid abrasive scrubs or exfoliants for 2 weeks prior
  • Avoid cosmetic injections such as Botox, Dysport, or Filler 2 weeks prior 

To maximize results, we recommend discontinuing the following substances at least 3 days before your treatment: 

  • Isotretinoin / Accutane or Epuris
  • Aspirin / ASA
  • Ibuprofen / Advil
  • Naproxen / Aleve
  • Antibiotics
  • Ginkgo Biloba
  • Vitamin-E
  • Alcohol
  • St. John’s Wort
  • Green Tea extract
  • Omega 3- Fatty acids
Is there any downtime or aftercare?

Post-treatment, the area may feel like a sunburn with slight redness, tightness, dryness, and sensitivity to touch, which is considered normal healing. 

Peeling may occur 3-7 days after treatment, it is advised to not rub, scratch, or pick at the treated area. 

A follow-up appointment with your service provider is essential two weeks after your initial session.

After the appointment, refrain from touching, rubbing, or manipulating the injection areas unless instructed by your physician or nurse injector. Avoid exposure to extreme heat (sun, saunas, hot yoga, tanning beds) and strenuous activities for 2-3 days post-appointment. Refrain from applying makeup for at least 24 hours. Showers are permitted, but gently cleanse the area then pat dry. Do not rub with a towel or washcloth as the area is extremely delicate.

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