Home based targeted ultraviolet B treatment of vitiligo – patient experience and clearance rates

Hornbeek L, Gourgouliatos Z


Previous studies have shown that home-based nontargeted phototherapy is safe and effective in treating vitiligo; however, little to no research has been done to determine the safety and effectiveness of targeted self-treatment. Hornbeek et al. found that home based targeted UVB phototherapy was effective in providing improved clearance of vitiligo. The smart interface and adjusting algorithm based on patient compliance was beneficial and added to patient ease of use, and improved safety. Skin repigmentation was similar to office-based treatments when the patient was compliant and adherent to the treatment schedule. The positive outcomes associated with this home-based targeted option makes it a favorable modality.