Phototherapy for Vitiligo

Dermatol Clin. 2020 Jan;38(1):55-62. doi: 10.1016/j.det.2019.08.005. Epub 2019 Oct 18.


Vitiligo is a common disorder with a severe impact on quality of life. The authors review recent advances in phototherapy for vitiligo focusing on narrowband ultraviolet B including mechanisms, treatment recommendations, and combination therapies. Phototherapy is the first-line treatment of choice for vitiligo with narrowband UVB preferred for widespread vitiligo and excimer used for localized lesions. However, unfamiliarity with prescribing phototherapy may be limiting clinicians from using it to its full potential. This article provides clinicians with the critical information needed to safely and effectively provide phototherapy for their patients with vitiligo.

Keywords: Afamelanotide; JAK inhibitors; NBUVB; Phototherapy; Topical calcineurin inhibitors; Vitiligo.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Phototherapy / methods*
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Vitiligo / therapy*