Vitiligo is a skin disorder that causes the skin to lose color. It is considered an auto-immune disorder in which the body attacks its own pigmented cells called melanocytes. This condition can present on any area where pigment exists, including the skin and hair, mouth, and genital region.
No matter the age, vitiligo can have a psychosocial impact, ranging from anxiety, low self-esteem, and depression. This condition is very unpredictable and the treatment response is variable among patients. There is no cure for vitiligo but some treatments may help the skin pigment to return.
The providers at Pediatric Dermatology of North Texas take many factors into account when designing a treatment plan for their patients. While no option is ‘approved for vitiligo’, we have had success with topical steroids, topical calcineurin inhibitors, narrowband UVB light therapy, and other uniquely compounded therapies.