Assessment of Dietary Supplementation in the Treatment of Vitiligo

Mallory K. Smith1, Tasneem F. Mohammad2, Iltefat H. Hamzavi2, *
1 Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI, USA
2 Department of Dermatology, Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, MI, USA

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Vitiligo is the most common acquired pigmentary disorder in the world. Due to alterations in physical appearance, vitiligo is a psychologically devastating disease. Although treatment options exist, a cure for this disease has yet to be discovered. Of recent interest in vitiligo is the relationship between diet and disease.


To review various dietary modifications and supplementation used in the management of vitiligo.

Materials and Methods:

A thorough evaluation of recent literature using the keywords “vitiligo, diet, supplement, antioxidant, vitamin, mineral, zinc, copper, gluten-free, celiac disease, alternative medicine” in the NCBI PubMed search function was performed.


A total of 39 relevant articles were reviewed and critically evaluated.


Initial studies regarding the treatment of vitiligo through dietary modification are promising, although further studies are needed in multiple populations to explore the therapeutic value of these interventions.

Keywords: Diet, Vitiligo, Supplementation, Antioxidant, Repigmentation, Management.