Vitiligo (vit-ih-LIE-go) is a disease that causes the loss of skin color in blotches. The extent and rate of color loss from vitiligo is unpredictable. It can affect the skin on any part of your body. It may also affect hair, the inside of the mouth and even the eyes.
Normally, the color of hair, skin and eyes is determined by melanin. Vitiligo occurs when the cells that produce melanin die or stop functioning.
Vitiligo affects people of all skin types, but it may be more noticeable in people with darker skin. The condition is not life-threatening or contagious. It can be stressful or make you feel bad about yourself. Treatment for vitiligo may improve the appearance of the affected skin but does not cure the disease.
You always are worried about people that react when they see your skin, here are some healthy tips that you can do to remove this white patches from your skin:
The medical term for white patches is vitiligo which can appear on different body parts. The causes for its appearance are not known, but experts believe it can be because of an automotive disorder where the immune system attacks the melanin-producing cells, also genetic predisposition, overexposure to sunrays, excessive stress, vitamin B12 deficiency, superficial fungal infections such as tinea versicolor, eczema, psoriasis. People often feel embarrassed and with low confidence, but there are some natural remedies which can help you improve this skin condition, but before applying any if these remedies, consult your doctor.
- Copper rich food – it is needed for melanin production. Take a copper vessel, pour water in it and let it stay overnight at a room temperature and drink it on an empty stomach each morning, as the vessel will release copper irons which aid the production of melanin.
- Coconut oil – it promotes re-pigmentation of the skin as it soothes and heals chronic inflammation. I t also has antibacterial and antifungal properties. Put some oil on the affected area of your skin 2-3 times a day and repeat the procedure for couple of weeks.
- Ginkgo Bilboa – it has antioxidant and immunomodulatory properties which can reduce the progress of this disease and can induce re-pigmentation. Take 40-80 mg three times a day, but consult your doctor to determine the dosage.
- Turmeric – if mixed with mustard oil it can be very beneficial. Mix 5 tsp of the powder with 250 ml/1 cup of mustard oil and apply it on the discolored area repeating this 2 times a day for a year; or make a paste of turmeric powder and neem leaves applying it on the skin area which is affected.
- Neem – when it is being consumed it works as a blood cleaner and immune booster. Mix crushed neem leaves and buttermilk to make a paste and apply on the white patches leaving it until it dries completely and then wash it off, repeating this for couple of weeks; apply neem oil on the affected skin every day after diluting it, or mix it with 1 tsp of coconut oil, or some other oil and then apply; and you can as well drink neem juice each day for couple of months, or eat 4 neem leaves before meals 3 times a day.
- Babchi/Psoralea corylifolia – soak the seeds in ginger juice for 3 days replacing the juice every day. Remove the husks by rubbing them between your hands, dry them on the sun and then grind them to a fine powder, take 1 gr od 1/5 of a tsp. with a glass of milk every day for 40 days; or apply babachi oil on the affected skin area exposing it to sunlight for 15 minutes (start with short duration of sun exposure to see if the response is favorable), you can combine it with black seed oil.
- Red clay – it contains a lot of copper which is able to restore skin pigment. Mix ginger juice and red clay in equal ratio and apply it on the affected area. Leave it to completely dry and then wash it off repeating this procedure for couple of months.
- Ginger – it improves blood circulation and helps with melanin production. Cut couple of slices of fresh ginger and apply your skin leaving it until it dries. Repeat the procedure 1-2 times a day for couple of weeks. Or, extract the juice from a bigger ginger root and mix it with fresh mint leaves drinking it every day for a few weeks.
- Radish seeds – grind 25 grams of the seeds into a fine powder and mix it with 2 tsp of vinegar to make a paste. Apply it on the affected area for 30 minutes and rinse with lukewarm water. Repeat this every day for a few months.
- Apple cider vinegar – its properties destroy the fungi which cause the white patches. It also helps in low stomach acid connected to vitiligo. Mix water and apple cedar vinegar in equal amounts and apply on the affected skin 2 times a day for a month; or drink a glass of water with 1 tbsp. of vinegar every day before your meals.
You should pay attention to your diet avoiding berries which work like a natural depigmentation agent, but include foods rich in vitamin B12 such as spinach, cabbage, dried beans, walnuts, dried figs, chickpeas, and also foods rich in folic acid and zinc. Avoid red meat and seafood.
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