Information on Vitiligo
Notes, Nutrients, Herbs/Supplements, and Advice
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White patches of skin with dark borders is called Vitiligo. This skin condition is often not a serious threat, but is more of a nuisance to some people. In some cases, it may indicate an underlying condition.
Helpful nutrients for this condition.
- Commercial cosmetics that provides an opaque, waterproof can help disguise vitiligo lesions.
- Consider hydroquinone treatments to bleach the unaffected areas. This will make skin tone more even, but it is also permanent. It may be several months or years before you reach the desired affect.
- PABA and magnesium treatments are sometimes effective in bringing skin back to normal color. Sometimes hair will return back to its normal color, too.
- Skin repigmentation may be enhanced by creams that have fluorinated steroids.
- Some research has been done to see if transplanting healthy cells to the affected area may help this condition.
- The following antioxidants in creams and lotions may be beneficial: vitamin C, carotenes, green tea, and ginkgo biloba.
- Topical corticosteroids are beneficial for small affected areas.
- Vitiligo may be helped by psoralen and ultraviolet light A (PUVA) therapy. Eye problems, liver damage, nausea, and skin blistering may occur.
Vitamin B complex
Sublingual form. Aids in fighting stress. Required for the right texture and tone for the skin.
Pantothenic acid (Vitamin B5)
Fights Stress. Essential for the pigmentation of the skin.
Para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA)
Fights against discoloration of the hair.
Essential fatty acids
Gives all essential fatty acids and boosts the hormone function.
Helpful herbs and supplements for this condition.
Reduces frequency and size of skin patches.
St. John's Wort
Alleviates anxiety and eases stress.
- A small amount of sun exposure may actually be beneficial for re-pigmentation. SPF 15 or higher sunscreen should be used on skin when out in the sun.
- Ask your doctor about vitamin B complex plus PABA injections.
- Be very gentle when coming in contact with affected skin. Gentle cleansing is important. Be sure to moisturize. Keep the affected area safe from chemicals or cleansing products with gloves or clothing.