|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.