Vitiligo

Phototherapy vs. Tanning: To UV Or Not To UV?

“I often call it a medical tanning booth, because of how it looks,” says Dr. Adam Mamelak, board-certified dermatologist in Austin, Texas. “The truth is, it’s pretty far from it.” Phototherapy is a treatment dermatologists have been using for decades to treat vitiligo, psoriasis, eczema, and other skin conditions. It involves exposing the skin to metered doses of ultraviolet light Continue reading

Narrowband UVB Phototherapy for Vitiligo

Vitiligo is a skin disease well known for the depigmentation and “bleached out” patches it causes on the skin. The consequences of this conditionĀ  can vary from a small fleck of white discoloration, to large portions of the face, limbs or trunk losing its color. Treatment of this condition with topical therapies has shown to be effective, however can be Continue reading

Furthering Research in Dermatology for Skin of Color

In recent years, studies in the field of Dermatology relating to skin of color have been more and more frequent. “Previously, doctors left to extrapolate what would and what not work for darker skin types,” says Dr. Adam Mamelak, board-certified dermatologist in Austin Texas. “Medical decision making was based primarily on studies composed on Caucasian subjects.” While this ‘best guess’ Continue reading

What Can I Do About My Vitiligo?

What is Vitiligo? Vitiligo is a pigmentation disorder of the skin where the melanocytes – the pigment producing cells within the skin that give us our natural skin tone – are destroyed. The exact cause of vitiligo is unknown. There is often a hereditary component to the disease, and often vitiligo is seen to occur in members of the same Continue reading

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