Does Phenol Work For Vitiligo Spots?

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Phenol for vitiligo.

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I have treated the remaining dark skin on the face with phenol peels. It helps reduce the contrast. Has to be repeated. Patients are happy with results. Doesn't help recover the color. In India they treat the white spots w 89% phenol (no Croton oil ), a milder version, to injure the skin and cause post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation which helps reduce the contrast.  

Chula Vista Dermatologic Surgeon
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Phenol for Vitiligo

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  no, phenol will not help vitiligo spots.  Actually, there is nothing that will restore pigment back to the skin once it is lost.  Resurfacing techniques (such as phenol) may be helpful in lightening the surrounding skin to decrease the contrast between the vitiligo spots and the unaffected skin.

Lawrence Kass, MD
Saint Petersburg Oculoplastic Surgeon
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Does phenol work for vitiligo spots

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No - here's how phenol is used in vitiligo.

  • vitiligo bleaches the skin.
  • phenol bleaches the skin.
  • so phenol cannot correct the bleaching of vitiligo.
  • phenol is used to bleach normal, darker skin to decrease the contrast between bleached vitiligo spots and your normal skin color. 

Hope this helps!

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