Psychosocial considerations in the management of vitiligo

Clin Dermatol. 2023 Jan-Feb;41(1):82-88. doi: 10.1016/j.clindermatol.2023.02.008. Epub 2023 Mar 5.


Vitiligo is a depigmenting skin disease that can carry significant psychosocial impact. Health care providers play a crucial role in shaping patients' understanding of their condition, approach to treatment, and coping mechanisms. In this contribution, we review the psychosocial aspects of vitiligo management, including the debate over the "disease-ification" of vitiligo, its effects on quality of life and mental health, and methods to holistically assist affected individuals beyond just treatment of the vitiligo itself.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Quality of Life / psychology
  • Vitiligo* / psychology
  • Vitiligo* / therapy