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Camouflaging Vitiligo of the Fingers

Miki Tanioka, MD, PhD; Yoshiki Miyachi, MD, PhD
Arch Dermatol. 2008;144(6):809-810. doi:10.1001/archderm.144.6.809.
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Vitiligo vulgaris has profound psychological and social effects. Patients with vitiligo may have low self-esteem and poor body image, experience discrimination from others, and feel stigmatized.1 Various medical therapies for vitiligo vulgaris are available, but they are often not effective, especially for the hands. Vitiligo of the hands has shown minimal response to psoralen–UV-A or narrowband UV-B therapy.2,3 Therefore, makeup for camouflaging vitiligo of the hands is inevitably required. However, makeup comes off easily, and patients must apply it again and again. Herein, we present makeup tips for camouflaging vitiligo of the fingers, using the proprietary acrylate terpolymer compound Cavilon No Sting Barrier Film (3M, St Paul, Minnesota) as a spray.4

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Before (A) and after (B) the application of makeup to camouflage vitiligo of the fingertips. We could not discern where she had vitiligo after the makeup had been applied.

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