Camouflage for patients with vitiligo vulgaris improved their quality of life
Article first published online: 22 FEB 2010
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Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology
Volume 9, Issue 1, pages 72–75, March 2010
How to Cite
Tanioka, M., Yamamoto, Y., Kato, M. and Miyachi, Y. (2010), Camouflage for patients with vitiligo vulgaris improved their quality of life. Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, 9: 72–75. doi: 10.1111/j.1473-2165.2010.00479.x
- Issue published online: 22 FEB 2010
- Article first published online: 22 FEB 2010
- Accepted for publication December 13, 2009
- Dermatological Life Quality Index;
- quality of life;
Background Cosmetic camouflage is important for patients with vitiligo vulgaris. However, few studies have investigated its benefit for vitiligo patients.
Objectives To analyze the psychological effects on patients with vitiligo vulgaris by camouflage lessons performed in vitiligo clinics in Kyoto University Hospital and Fukui Red Cross Hospital, Dermatological Life Quality Index (DLQI) questionnaires were collected before and 1 month after camouflage lessons.
Patients Patients with vitiligo vulgaris, who visited our clinics in 2008 and had never experienced camouflage, were enrolled in this study. They took camouflage lessons and continued subsequent self-camouflage for 1 month. Control patients took no lessons and no camouflage.
Results Camouflage improved the scores of DLQI when compared with those without camouflage (P = 0.005). Camouflage improved DLQI scores from 5.90 to 4.48. In DLQI subcategories, camouflage lessons improved a subcategory of “symptoms and feelings” (P = 0.0037).
Conclusions These data supported the idea that camouflage for patients with vitiligo not only covers the white patches but also improves their quality of life.