2.What is depigmentation?

There is no known cure for the disease of vitiligo but treatments do exist. Some patients use cosmetic make-up to cover the white spots, while others use treatments such as repigmentation through a series of ultraviolet light treatments and surgical transplant of melanocytes. In severe cases, when over fifty percent of the body surface area is covered with white patches, patients cannot use these repigmentation treatments. They can, however, choose to eliminate the skin colour from the normal areas using monobenzone cream, a process called depigmentation. This gives the patient*s skin a permanent, even, pale white colour. Since the application of monobenzone is topical, it can be done in the privacy of one*s home. It is simple to do, and does not require frequent visits to a doctor*s office. Twice daily monobenzone topical cream must be applied.

The major side effect of depigmentation therapy is inflammation (redness and swelling) of the skin. Patients may experience itching or dry skin. Patients must be aware that the process of depigmentation is gradual. The length of time using monobenzone topical cream ranges from four months to a year. The patient must also understand the concept of continued existence of a source of follicular melanocytes and that exposure to the sun can lead to numerous perifollicular pigmented macules. Rigorous limitation of sun exposure is essential following depigmentation therapy, not only to avoid burns, but to avoid areas of perifollicular repigmentation. Wearing high-SPF sunscreens is the ultimate physical barrier to help avoid burns and repigmentation.

1.What is vitiligo?

2.What is depigmentation?

3.What is monobenzone cream and how to work?

4.What is the possible side effects of monobenzone cream?

5.How to apply monobenzone cream?

6.How to apply monobenzone soap?