European Journal Of Dermatology, vol.12, no.1, pp.24-26, 2012 (Journal Indexed in SCI)
Solar-simulated UV-irradiation causes changes in the enzymic antioxidant defence system in the human epidermis. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects on the skin lipid peroxidation and clinical improvement in vitiligo patients treated with PUVA. The first group of patients was treated for six months with psoralen plus UV-A (n= 15). The second group of patients was treated for six months with psoralen plus UV-A vs vitamin E (900 IU daily perorally)(n= 15). There was no significant difference in the clinical improvement between the group of patients who were treated with PUVA and vitamin E and the group of patients treated with PUVA alone (p> 0.05). Statistical analysis revealed a significant difference between the levels of lipoperoxides before and after treatment in the first group (p< 0.05), but there was no significant difference between the levels of lipoperoxides before and after treatment in the second group (p> 0.05). According to our results, vitamin E may prevent oxidative distress resulting from PUVA therapy, but does not affect the clinical improvement of the vitiligo lesions.