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What is vitiligo?

Vitiligo is a dermatological disorder in which white patches form on the skin as the result of inactivation of cells (called melanocytes) which produce melanin. This disorder affects about 1% of the world’s population, with no significant difference in gender or race.

In 50% of cases it appears before the age of 20, often after significant psychological/emotional events, burns or skin abrasions.

The white patches are well circumscribed and usually have a hyperpigmented border, although sometimes the border can be hypopigmented (trichrome vitiligo). The patches usually appear on the hands, face and genitals, although there is no rule about this.

In some cases vitiligo is associated with thyroid disorders (hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism), pernicious anaemia, Addison’s disease, juvenile onset diabetes and other autoimmune diseases. Furthermore, it has been noted that 30% of people with vitiligo report that they have relatives who are also affected by vitiligo, which indicates a genetic connection.

The main problem with vitiligo is that because it often develops on exposed areas (face, neck, hands) it can cause psycho-emotional reactions in the affected person. Sometimes these reactions can be so strong that they affect the person’s interactions with their family and society. For this reason the treatment must always be convincing, expert and empathic. Many treatments have been proposed as solutions to vitiligo, trying to produce  gradual re-pigmentation of the areas affected.

Various research carried out in Italian and international universities have demonstrated that BIOSKIN EVOLUTION® therapy, the latest generation microphototherapy, is the most effective treatment for vitiligo. With its innovative equipment, which only stimulates the areas affected by vitiligo, excluding the healthy areas, BIOSKIN EVOLUTION® emits a beam of cold light that stimulates the compromised melanocytes, thus decreasing the difference between healthy skin and the areas of skin affected by vitiligo. Unlike other types of treatment, BIOSKIN EVOLUTION® has the advantage of not causing side effects, such as burning and itching, either during the treatment session or in the following days, and does not require the patient to take drugs, except a topical application of a gel based on capsaicin and peperine which helps the physiological process of reactivating the melanocytes, as proven by the latest scientific evidence.