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How can I avoid feeling embarrassed with vitiligo?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Here are some helpful tips to live confidently with vitiligo:
  • Make sure you see a dermatologist, a doctor who specializes in treating disorders of the skin, nails, and hair. While other doctors may treat vitiligo, a dermatologist may be current in the latest treatments for skin conditions.
  • Read all you can about vitiligo. Ask your doctor for patient brochures. Review the latest studies on Internet medical sites.
  • Write down your questions about vitiligo and take these to your doctor's appointment. Make sure you're doing all you can to prevent the condition from spreading, such as avoiding tanning.
  • Join a support group for people with vitiligo. Ask your doctor for information on support groups in your area.
  • Prevent injuring the depigmented skin by wearing sunscreen when you do go outside. Your doctor will tell you about the sun protection factor (SPF) you need for vitiligo.
  • Learn about cosmetics for concealing the depigmented patches of skin, particularly if they are on your face, neck, or arms.

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