4 . Consider light therapy if you have widespread vitiligo.
This is a type of treatment that takes place at a hospital or professional medical setting. Each session will involve exposing your skin to concentrated UVA light twice a week for a period of 12 months or more. When combined with medication, light therapy can successfully restore pigment to some areas.
- Avoid sun exposure and excessive light therapy if you have a diagnosis of vitiligo. Too much sun may put your skin at risk of further damage and accentuate abnormalities. Ask your doctor about how much light therapy is safe for you.
5 . Treat any current autoimmune diseases.
If you suffer from an autoimmune illness, such as Hashimoto’s disease, work with an endocrinologist or your general practitioner to develop a treatment plan. You’ll likely need to take medications to boost your immune system. Doing so can decrease the likelihood that you’ll develop vitiligo.
6 . Join a vitiligo support group.
Talk with your doctor about attending an in-person, local group of people suffering from autoimmune or skin conditions, such as vitiligo. If there aren’t any groups nearby, look into joining an online organization, such as Vitiligo Support International. These groups are also great resources for exchanging diagnosis and treatment information.
- Although some spots may disappear on their own, vitiligo is usually a lifelong condition.