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Redefine Beauty With Vitiligo Treatment in Chicago, IL

Your hair, eyes, and skin receive their color from a naturally occurring skin pigment called melanin. But our melanin production changes throughout our lifetimes, leading to white hair, discolored spots (hyperpigmentation), and even a complete loss of pigmentation in some. Vitiligo (vit-uh-lie-go) is a rare skin condition characterized by non-functioning melanocytes—the cells that give skin color. As an autoimmune condition with genetic links, vitiligo has no cure, but the discolorations (whitening of skin) it causes can be reversed.

At Skin MD, LLC, we embrace skin in all its forms. While not dangerous, vitiligo can compromise our self-image and draw unwanted attention. Thankfully, several options exist to either restore natural color to the affected areas or remove pigmentation from others. You can achieve an even, beautiful complexion by whichever route works best for you. To learn more about vitiligo treatment in Chicago, IL, contact your expert dermatologists at a skin clinic near you.

Embrace Your Skin & Foster a Complexion You Love.

Vitiligo is primarily a cosmetic concern with diverse treatment options to restore confidence and appearance. Find a vitiligo solution that works for you by contacting us today.

Types & Locations of Vitiligo

Vitiligo patients share one exceedingly common symptom—the development of macules in numerous locations on the body. Macules are discolored patches of skin that develop on the hands, feet, arms, face, and even inside your mouth or nose.

Vitiligo comes in several common forms, each with its own area of concern. Thankfully, modern treatment options allow us to restore your natural color or alter the surrounding skin for a more even complexion.

Most Common Forms of Vitiligo:

  • Segmental Vitiligo: Also called “unilateral vitiligo,” this rare form develops at an early age. It presents as a loss of pigment in one “segment” of the body. Macules may develop in a single, particular region (one arm or one leg), followed by hair loss on some occasions.
  • Non-Segmental Vitiligo: This is the most common form of vitiligo and often results in discolored patches in multiple areas on both sides of the body. Non-segmental macules may develop simultaneously and symmetrically.
  • Vitiligo Subtypes: Vitiligo may be local, generalized, or universal, leading to a range of discoloration that’s limited to one area or that spreads over 80% of the body. Depending on which subtype of vitiligo you have, you may experience periods of intense activity (color loss) followed by moments of relative inaction.

Leading Vitiligo Treatment Options

Vitiligo is not dangerous, though it can severely impact our confidence, self-image, and self-esteem. Some patients choose to embrace depigmentation (pigment loss). Others may prefer to restore color to affected areas or remove color from surrounding areas for a more even complexion.

Your choice of treatment option is deeply personal to you, and the expert dermatologists at Skin MD can help you review the leading solutions. Here are the most common options available.

Vitiligo Treatments:

  • Corticosteroids: Oral, injectable, or topical corticosteroids can reduce inflammation and even restore some color during the early stages of vitiligo. Even when the discoloration rapidly progresses, corticosteroid medications can manage some color loss.
  • Depigmentation: For rapidly progressing or extreme cases of vitiligo, some patients choose to accelerate the process for a more even complexion. This treatment involves removing the color from surrounding skin so that discolored patches no longer stand out.
  • Light Therapy: A certain band of ultraviolet radiation has been linked with slowing the progression of vitiligo. When combined with other medications, light therapy can reduce the spread of discolored patches.
  • Forgoing Treatment: While it’s helpful to have an official diagnosis of vitiligo, some patients may choose to take no further action. Some discolored patches can be managed through a careful application of cosmetics, but some patients decide that forgoing treatment is the best option.

At the moment, vitiligo has no known cure. While the skin condition can be slowed in some instances, it cannot be stopped. For your official vitiligo diagnosis, or to explore the leading treatment options, schedule your appointment today.


What Patients Say About Skin MD

A Caring, Human Touch

Dr. Sergeyenko is fantastic. He’s very detailed and attentive and seems to really care about patients. The office is very well run and uses the right amount of technology to execute their business…but you can always get a human on the line if you need to. Flexible hours, too.

T. Huestis
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Always Welcoming New Patients

It was my first appt at the Evergreen location and I was very pleased with the service and staff. I saw Dr. Chris Krippinger. He knew right away what was happening to my skin and provided a treatment plan. It’s been two weeks and I am seeing the results. I recommend Skin MD.

Rita B.
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Listening to Patients of All Ages

Me and my son love the excellent customer service, and care that we get here. From the front desk all the way down to the physician, they take their time to listen and provide the best care. We really appreciate everyone here.

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Why Choose Skin MD For Vitiligo Treatment?

Family Dermatology

At Skin MD, we serve everyone. From pediatric dermatology to teens & adults, our providers treat patients of all ages with respect & expertise.

Skin Care Versatility

From acne treatments and Mohs Surgery to 21st-century cosmetic solutions like microneedling & lip fillers, we have you covered.

World-Class Providers

Our providers are leaders in their field with numerous fellowships, publications, professional memberships, & academic achievements to their names.

Multiple Locations

We serve several Chicago communities, including Orland Park, Skokie, and Evergreen Park. Find a Skin MD office near you!

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Your Questions Answered

Vitiligo FAQs

At the moment, vitiligo has no single known cause. There is strong evidence, however, that it may run in families. Individuals with close family members with vitiligo may have a genetic predisposition for the skin condition. Numerous environmental factors can trigger vitiligo in those with a predisposition.

For a vitiligo diagnosis, or to uncover the causes and treatments of any skin condition, call Skin MD in Chicago, IL, at 708-636-3767.

Depending on the type of vitiligo you have, early signs will likely include a loss of skin pigmentation in one or several areas. Those with segmental vitiligo may notice color loss in one area of the body. Non-segmental vitiligo can begin as discolored patches in several areas at the same time. Shortly after noticing the symptoms, you may experience periods of rapid expansion punctuated by moments of relative inactivity.

The expert dermatologists at Skin MD, LLC, can diagnose your form of vitiligo and offer the latest treatment options and guidance. Contact us today.

Yes, people of all backgrounds and races may experience vitiligo symptoms. The skin condition is not more prevalent in those with darker skin tones though it may be more noticeable and impactful. Certain conditions—such as Addison’s disease, psoriasis, and thyroid disease—may suggest a stronger predisposition to vitiligo in some people.

Your Skin, Your Choice. Treat Vitiligo How You Want.

The loss of skin pigmentation forces us to grapple with our self-image and our place in families and communities. Accordingly, your choice of vitiligo treatment is a deeply personal decision. You may want to add color back to affected areas, remove pigment from others, or take no action at all. When it comes to your vitiligo symptoms, there is no right or wrong answer. Start with a diagnosis and move on from there with the expert dermatologists at Skin MD in Chicago, IL.

Vitiligo affects Chicagoans of all races. Find a Skin MD dermatology office near you or reach out with your vitiligo questions by calling us at 708-636-3767 or contacting us online.