Although the skin condition Vitiligo and Leucoderma are similar in appearance, they have subtle differences.  Leuco meaning white and derma meaning skin is a skin disease characterised by formation of white patches on the skin.  These white patches form due to loss of pigment cells in the skin known as melanocytes.  The white patches formed on the skin remain closely bound to each other in contrast to the patches formed in Vitiligo.

White patches formed in Leucoderma are initially localised to smaller areas, however, they might get enlarged and become visible around the age of 10 to 30 years.  Leucoderma is more noticeable in people with darker skin colour.  Fortunately, Leucoderma is a rare condition.

As Leucoderma is an autoimmune condition brought on by body’s faulty metabolism, treatment for Leucoderma includes correction of body’s metabolism which will result in improvement of overall immunity. This will enhance re-pigmentation in the affected areas. The skin’s natural colour can be restored by most of the treatments for Leucoderma, although results might vary from person to person.  Some of the available treatments for Leucoderma include:

  • Topical medications such as creams for managing inflammation, oral medicines to improve immunity.
  • Use of light therapy & psoralen for re-pigmentation
  • Surgery intervention like skin and blister grafting and micro-pigmentation