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Different Vitiligo Treatment Options

The reason for the cause and spread of Vitiligo are still uncertain. Most major medical bodies believe that the disease is caused due to an autoimmune response. Vitiligo begins to appear in patients when immune cells destroy the cells that produce brown pigment (melanocytes). This disease may appear at any age, though there is are certain families where this condition is seen more often. The condition affects about 1 out of every 100 people in the United States.

Vitiligo is thought to be associated with three other autoimmune diseases, Addison's disease, Hyperthyroidism and Pernicious anemia.


Due to the fact that the root cause to Vitiligo is still unknown, there is no real treatment available for its symptoms. There are some alternate therapies available that reduce or mask the symptoms:


Common Treatments:


a)Re-pigmentation:

Re pigmentation is one of the most popular approaches to Vitiligo. As the name suggests, it aims to repigment the skin, back the patient’s normal appearance. This treatment aims to produce new color pigments from the patients existing ones. These existing pigment cells can come from the base of hair follicles, the edge of the Vitiligo patch, or from the white patch itself if it’s completely depigmented. Repigmentation is based on several medications that are only available by prescription. Also these prescription medicines are that they are very expensive and few people can afford them. The treatment includes:
  1. Topical corticosteroid creams
  2. Light therapy with photosensitizing psoralen drugs (applied topically or given systemically in conjunction with sunlight exposure or UVA phototherapy (PUVA))
  3. Narrow band UVB phototherapy
  4. and other Topical agents
A research estimates that approximately 75% of vitiligo patients who undergo light therapy respond to it to a variable degree. Even for these individuals, complete repigmentation rarely occurs. Initially, patients will look worse after light treatment, as the contrast between light and dark skin increases. However, with time, re-pigmentation begins, and the appearance of the skin improves.

b) Alternate Treatments:

This includes medical approaches to the disease apart from the allopathic cure. Treatments like Ayurveda, homeopathy and Natural vitiligo treatment fall into this category. These treatments usually have no side effects.
  1. Ayuvedic

    Ayurveda is a holistic system of healing which comes from the Brahmin sages of ancient India. Ayurvedic medicine uses herbal products, surgery and use of heavy metals to cure its patients and mix medication. Their medicine includes a herbal remedy for Vitiligo.
  2. Homeopathic

    Homeopaths also regard Vitiligo as a systemic disorder like the allopaths and believe in treating the disorder only at a systemic level. So it only works and focuses for the restoration of normal functioning of body and pigmentary system.
  3. Our Treatment

    Natural vitiligo treatment is based on natural herbs that are naturally found in substances like the seeds of coconut oil, common fig, parsley, celery, turmeric, mustard seeds and olives. Of all the alternate methods of treating Vitiligo, the most useful are those which employ herbs in one form or the other. To learn more about our product and its benefits, read more here.


c) Surgical Therapy

Surgical treatments are considered as an option when medical therapies fail. They should only be performed on patients with stable non-progressive Vitiligo. These procedures are often used in combination with medical therapies.
  1. Tattooing

  2. Micropigmentation also known as tattooing, is considered a cover up therapy. If a patient has stable and small Vitiligo patches, this treatment could be used. Tattooing is a process by which the skin color altered by injecting artificial pigment into the affected area. Read More...
  3. Skin Graft using blisters

    Another surgical method ideal for segmental Vitiligo patients. Read More...
  4. Autologous Skin graft:

    Autologous skin grafting is a process best for patients with very small Vitiligo patches. In autologous skin grafting the doctor removes skin either from the skin donor or from patients own normally pigmented area of skin and transplants it to the depigmented area of patient’s skin. Read More...
  5. Autologous melanocyte transplants

    Autologous melanocyte transplantation is the latest surgical treatment and aims to overcome the limitations to surgical treatments placed by autologous mini-punch grafting and blister grafting. Read More...

d) Additional Therapies

  1. Sunscreens
    Particularly for patients with very fair skin. Strict sun protection is important, with SPF30+ (or higher) sunscreens and protective clothing. Sunscreen is beneficial as it helps protect the skin from sunburn and long-term damage. Sunscreen also minimizes tanning, which makes the contrast between normal and de-pigmented skin less noticeable.
  2. Home Remedies
    There are also several home remedies and tidbits to cure Vitiligo but the results vary and are not well documented.
  3. Vitiligo specific cosmetics
    Some cosmetic companies produce makeup aimed to cover up vitiligo. This is achieved by using topical dyes including self tanning lotions.
  4. De-pigmentation
    As a last resort, adults can be treated with monobenzyl ether of hydroquinone. Patients with extensive Vitiligo involving more than 80% of the skin can opt for this as it removes all pigment from the skin. This treatment for Vitiligo should not be used for children. The process may take six months to two years to achieve. Strict sun protection is required after depigmentation. The result is permanent.


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