Adverse Effects of Vitiligo Treatments

Note: Before reading this post you should understand that only adverse effects of vitiligo treatments are listed here and not the advantages so people with vitiligo should not get disheartened and lose hope coz these treatments offer several advantages as well.


According to health-guidances.com stated, people with white spots on skin often take the term ‘Vitiligo Treatment’ as something that would eradicate the root causes of this skin disorder. A wide array of Vitiligo Treatments is available and the goal of almost all vitiligo treatments is to improve the appearance either by re-pigmentation or de-pigmentation.

Below is a list of vitiligo treatments along with their adverse effects (these adverse affects would vary from person to person depending on different factors such as skin type and duration of the treatment):

Adverse Effects of Phototherapy (NB UVB & PUVA):

  1. Skin Damage
  2. Skin Reddening (erythema)
  3. Premature Aging
  4. Increases the risk of skin cancer
  5. Dry Skin
  6. Stomach Upset
  7. Itching

Adverse Effects of Micropigmentation (Tattooing):

  1. Granulomas (red bumps caused by inflammation)
  2. Keloid Scars
  3. Tattoo color fades with passage of time
  4. Tattoo color does not tan
  5. Induces allergic reactions
  6. Tattoo color mismatch (depending on the skill of person doing it)

Adverse Effects of Steroids:

  1. Skin Shrinkage
  2. Skin Striae (stretch marks)
  3. Leads to relapse

Adverse Effects of Excimer Laser:

  1. Blisters (if the dosage is too high)
  2. Erythema (redness)
  3. Hyperpigmentation
  4. Erosions (sores)

Adverse Effects of Depigmentation (Bleaching):

  1. Inflammation (redness and swelling)
  2. Itching
  3. Dry Skin
  4. Not easily reversible
  5. Skin becomes sensitive to sunlight

If I’ve missed some side effects then use the comment section to complete the list.

MUC