Whilst vitiligo is not a life-threatening disease, it can be socially debilitating preventing those affected from leading normal social or professional lives.
The DLQI (Dermatology Life Quality Index) is a questionnaire that helps determine the impact of vitiligo on one’s quality of life looking at features such as symptoms and feelings, daily activities, leisure, work or school, personal relationships and the side effects of treatment. Higher scores mean a greater impact of vitiligo on one’s quality of life.
Vitiligo patients have been shown to benefit from camouflage as the focus is no longer the discolouration that is first noticed, thus improving one’s confidence and self-esteem. In scientific studies, appropriate camouflage has been shown to reduce the DLQI correlating with an improved quality of life.
As vitiligo treatments often take several months to elicit a positive response, camouflage also provides a means to reduce the psychological stress associated with the disease whilst treatment becomes effective, hence reducing the potential for such stress to trigger the development of new lesions.