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Vitiligo Treatment FAQ

Can a Dermatologist treat Vitiligo at DermCafé?

Yes! Vitiligo is an important dermatological condition that can have life-altering effects. Luckily, there are several medical treatments

What are the symptoms?

Vitiligo causes loss of your natural skin colour. Your dermatologist may call this “loss of pigment” or “depigmentation.” We can lose pigment anywhere on our bodies, including our: 

  • Skin 

  • Hair (scalp, eyebrow, eyelash, beard) 

  • Eyes 

  • Mouth (inside) 

  • Genitals 

Most people who get vitiligo lose colour on their skin. The affected skin can lighten or turn completely white. Many people do not have any other signs or symptoms. They feel completely healthy.

What causes vitiligo?

Vitiligo develops when cells called melanocytes die. These cells give our skin and hair color. Scientists do not completely understand why these cells die. One type of vitiligo, non-segmental vitiligo, may be an autoimmune disease. An autoimmune disease develops when the body mistakes a part of itself as foreign. If the body mistakes melanocytes as foreigners, it will attack and kill these cells. 

Studies suggest that the other type of vitiligo, segmental vitiligo, has a different cause. This type seems to develop when something in the body’s nervous system goes awry.

How is it treated?

Here are some key facts about treatment options to help you start a conversation with a Dermatologist. The type of treatment that is best for you will depend on your preference, overall health, age, and where the vitiligo appears on your body. Some people choose not to treat vitiligo. Below are some examples of treatment:

  1. Cosmetic treatment (use cosmetics to camouflage lost color): Cosmetic options include makeup, self-tanners, and skin dyes.

  2. Medicine applied to the skin which can add colour back to your skin: Tacrolimus and fluocinonide topicals are commonly used 

  3. Light treatment

    • Uses light to restore lost color to the skin. 

    • The patient may sit in a light box or receive excimer laser treatments. 

    • Light boxes are used to treat widespread vitiligo; lasers are used to treat a small area. 

    • Works best on the face; least effective on hands and feet.

What is DermCafé?

Connect with an Online Dermatologist today! 

We’re an online Dermatology Centre that aims to provide all Canadians with convenient and modern dermatology care.

Simply submit your symptom info and skin photos online and connect with an online dermatologist at your convenience.

Visit our How This Work page to learn more. 

Step 1

Submit your Symptom Info and Photos online

Step 2

Book your Online Appointment

Step 4

Access Your Online Results Anytime

Choose your preferred Pharmacy for prescription delivery

Download DermCafé Info Sheets, bloodwork forms and Sick Notes, and book follow-up appointments when needed

Step 3

Audio/Video Visit with Your Dermatologist

OHIP/MSP-covered visits require a Referral by another Physician. Simply book a Video Visit with our Family Doctor first

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