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What experimental therapies can I try for my vitiligo?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Ask your doctor about clinical trials and experimental therapies for vitiligo. Today, scientists are looking further into the role that melanocytes have in this skin disorder. Melanocytes are cells in the bottom layer of the skin's epidermis that produce melanin, which gives skin its pigmentation. With vitiligo, the melanocytes do not function properly or they die. Genetic mapping has allowed scientists to gain a greater understanding of melanocytes. With this knowledge, they are developing experimental treatments for vitiligo, hoping to someday have preventive therapies and possible cures.

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