Vitiligo is a kind of skin problem where white patches appear on different parts of the body. This kind of skin disorder is mainly due to the fact that the cells that make pigment in the skin are not working properly. Some of the common areas having white patches are hands, feet, arms, around the mouth, face, lips, armpits, eyes, groin, nostrils, navel and genitals.
About 0.5 to 1 percent of the world’s population, or as many as 65 million people, have vitiligo. In the US only, about two million people suffer from vitiligo. This skin disorder affects people belonging to all races and both sexes equally. It has been found that people suffering from hyperthyroidism are more likely to suffer from vitiligo.
Till know experts have not been able to find the exact cause behind vitiligo. However, it is caused by the lack of a skin pigment called melanin, which is produced by skin cells called melanocytes. It is the melanin that gives color to the skin. Meanwhile there are some triggers for vitiligo like stress, severe sunburn and exposure to certain chemicals.
White patches on the skin are the main symptom of vitiligo. White patches can be mostly seen in areas where the skin is exposed to the sun.
Also people having vitiligo can suffer from premature graying of hair on their scalp, eyelashes, eyebrows or beard. People can also suffer from loss or change of color in the tissues that line the inside of the mouth or the inner layer of their eyes.
Vitiligo is difficult to treat, but there are many things in your kitchen and refrigerator that can be used to restore skin color. These are known as natural treatments and the good part about these treatments is that there are no side effects.
According to one website www.top10homeremedies.com turmeric and ginger can be used in the treatment of vitiligo. A mixture of turmeric and mustard oil should be externally applied on the affected area daily for two months. This will boost the immune system and you can notice changes in the skin color. Similarly, consumption of ginger juice mixed with lemon juice and water can improve the skin condition.
The website www.speedyremedies.com suggests that mashed papaya or juice extracted from papaya fruit are the simplest vitiligo natural remedies.
Extracts made from the plant Khella and Ginkgo can also be used as a natural cure for vitiligo. This remedy is suggested by the website www.homeremedycentral.com.
When it comes to unconventional treatments a person may need to follow the remedies for a longer period of time to notice positive results. At the same time the result of remedies will vary from person to person.
Along with these remedies there are certain precautionary members that you need to take when suffering from vitiligo. Some of the precautionary measures are:
- You must protect your skin from the sun and avoid sunburn at any cost. Before going out in the sun, apply a sun screen lotion with sun protection factor (SPF) 30 or above, to protect your skin from sunburn and long-term damage.
- When skin is not exposed to the sun, there is an increased risk of vitamin D deficiency. So, you need to eat foods rich in Vitamin D in order to keep your bones and teeth healthy. You can also take Vitamin D supplements.
Follow these tips regularly and soon you can be able to restore the natural color of your skin.