How To Treat Vitiligo

Overview

Losing pigment in the skin can be a devasting event for most people. Those who suffer from this kind of skin condition have vitiligo. The causes of vitiligo are a few but there is no concrete reason why vitiligo affects some people and not others. There may not be a one sure way to treat vitiligo but there are methods to help treat vitiligo. No gender is more susceptible than another of developing this skin condition, but those of the African-American ethnicity tend to develop this disease more than any other race. Unfortunately, vitiligo can begin to develop at any age.

Symptoms

Below is a list of the signs of the vitiligo disease.

  • Loss of skin color
  • Patches of different color skin
  • Premature graying of the hair (scalp, beard and/or eyebrows)
  • Loss of color in the retina
  • Hearing loss
  • Eye problems
  • Skin cancer
  • Color loss in the inside of your nose and mouth

Causes

The main causes of vitiligo are:

  • Heredity/Genetics
  • Sunburn
  • Stress
  • Exposure to chemicals
  • Immune disorder

Diagnosis

The discolored patches of skin can appear on any part of the body, however small or large that part may be depends on the type of vitiligo one has. The best way for doctors to early determine this skin condition, they sue a blacklight. The use of the ultraviolet light helps expose the changing pigment quicker than if it were to appear on its own.

Treatment

It should be stated that there is no cure for vitiligo. However, even though there is no specific cure, there are plenty of treatments that can help reduce vitiligo. Below is a list of ways on how to treat vitiligo.

  • Phototherapy: This form of treatment can be done at home using a UVB lamp and with sessions at least twice weekly. The phototherapy helps reduce the appearance of the different color skin patches. This treatment is not recommended for a period use of more than three years.
  • Topical drugs: There are ointments and creams such as monobenzone and hydroquinone that can help “depigment” the vitiligo. It is important to avoid the sun during this form of treatment to reduce the risk of sunburns or developing of skin cancer cells.
  • Makeup: While makeup will not completely remove the vitiligo, it can help diminish the appearance of the different skin colors. Nowadays, there are so many wonderful makeup tutorials that can teach you to camouflage the skin into one skin tone.
  • Surgery: One of the most drastic measure of reducing or removing vitiligo is through surgery. This treatment includes the removal of the different color skin and then adding the “correct” pigment cells to the affected area. Surgery can cause infection or may not work for some people.
  • DIY remedies: Those who prefer a holistic approach to medicine can use vitamins and minerals to help decrease the risk of changing skin colors. This form of treatment has not been credited to work but why not give it a shot, your skin might approve of this method.

Celebrities with Vitiligo

If you are suffering from vitiligo, there is nothing you should be ashamed about. Everyone is beautiful, regardless of their skin type. Even if these celebrities know how to treat vitiligo, they have chosen to live with their patches. Below is list of the most famous celebrities that you may have known or not known that have vitiligo.

  • Michael Jackson: The “King of Pop” had vitiligo on over more than 70% of his body. Instead of hiding away, he decided to embrace his skin and share his life and music with the world.
  • Winnie Harlow: Although she did not win the 2014 talent show, America’s Next Top Model, she won the hearts of many people. The unique placement of her vitiligo has made her the face of happiness around the world.
  • Thomas Lennon: Despite what most people think, vitiligo does not only affect those with colored skin. Thomas is a Caucasian male with vitiligo spots on his hands and face. His skin condition did not stop him from becoming an amazing actor.
  • Jon Hamm: You may know him from Mad Men, but most don’t know he has vitiligo on his hands.
  • Steve Martin: The famous comedian, producer and screenwriter has been lighting up over television screens for years. But his vitiligo has never been kept a secret from the public.
  • Tamar Braxton: This actress and singer has learned to live with her vitiligo. She has been an advocate for this skin condition and has helped many live with their condition.