Last Modified on Jan 16, 2015
What is Vitiligo?
Vitiligo is a naturally occurring skin condition in which you will see white spots on skin in large swaths or isolated patches. These white patches result from a loss of melanin (the natural dye that gives our hair and skin their particular colors) in those particular skin cells. Vitiligo patches often expand over time, without treatment. Vitiligo symptoms also include greying or whitening of hair, including the eyelashes, and potentially lightening of color in your eye's retina.
What causes vitiligo is uncertain - our melanocytes simply stop producing melanin, potentially as part of an immune disorder or due to oxidative stress - but exposure to the sun is something of a trigger, since exposed skin is more likely to whiten first. Allopathic treatments do exist, including corticosteroids and psuedocatalase, including a new formulation of psuedocatalase that was recently in the news as a potential cure for vitiligo and for grey hair. However, at this point there is officially no vitiligo cure, only treatment.
Home Remedies for Vitiligo
If oxidative stress is the cause of vitiligo, then natural antioxidants such as green tea, oregano, or other antioxidizing supplements may reduce the white spots on your skin. Additionally, there is some interest in gingko biloba as a potential natural treatment for vitiligo to slow its progression or even create regimentation.1
[YEA] My daughter is 17 years old and she had white spots on her elbows that seemed to be getting larger so we went to a dermotogist and she said it appeared to be vitiligo. My daughter was devastated when we left because the doctor prescribed a steriod cream and said pretty much if this doesn't work there isn't much else we can do. We came home and I lived on the computer every night searching for something that would help. The steriod cream irritated her skin after 2 weeks so we had to stop. At that time I put together my own regime and I will say it has been 5 months now and her skin is almost fully repigmented. Of course it will probably take a few more months but at least there is significant progress. I even called the doctor to try and tell them I would like her to know what we are doing so maybe she could tell other patients but she never called us back. So as they say every man for himself...I do believe it is a lack of certain vitamin. from what I have read it will not be cured but as long as you keep a watch on your body you can catch the spots when they start to reappear and continue the vitamins. My daughter takes a liquid Aloe Vera, Vitamin B-12, Ginko Biloba, folic Acid, C complex. She also rubs the aloe Vera plant on the spots 1 -2 times a day. I have read about the coconut oil and the copper as well but have not tried it. We figured if these things are working don't change it. We live in South Florida and I do want to locate a doctor that is very familiatsh with Vitilio and get there input. We do plan to discountine vitamins once she is fully repigmented, but this is why I would like to talk to a doctor.
Replied by Kb
New York, US