Few people have ever heard of vitiligo, a disorder that leads to the skin losing its color, often resulting in white patches. But for those dealing with the condition, it can have a huge impact on their lives.
The good news is that there are a number of treatment options. Unfortunately, there’s no single and universally effective way to restore skin affected by vitiligo — in other words, while simple cosmetic changes or medication may work for some patients, others will require surgery. As with many conditions, it’s important to recognize that every situation is unique and requires a comprehensive treatment plan created in consultation with a physician. That said, what treatment options are available for those dealing with vitiligo?
Topical Medicated Creams
Let’s get one thing straight right away: there are no medications capable of completely or instantly restoring skin color lost through vitiligo. However, there are a number of drugs that are designed to help restore some of the skin’s original color.
One of the most widely prescribed types of medication is cream that, when applied to the skin, helps reduce inflammation. Most commonly, topical steroids are prescribed. In doing so, these creams can help to reverse some of the effects of vitiligo, though outcomes often depend on when the cream was applied (the earlier, the better). It’s also worth noting that some creams can result in irritating or even painful side effects, from dry skin to further discoloration.