How to Cure Vitiligo Naturally
Vitiligo affects approximately 1 percent of population
What is Vitiligo?
While vitiligo is a painless and harmless skin pigmentation disorder, it can still cause serious and sometimes life threatening damage to one's life if not treated properly. People who are diagnosed with vitiligo would most likely suffer the stages of shock, anger, fear, isolation and hopelessness. Unfortunately, after years of exhaustive research and experimentation on variety of possible treatments, no one has been able to create a medication or herbal remedy to stop vitiligo from reappearing and spreading within a body. Therefore, people who are diagnosed with vitiligo would immediately feel they had just received a life sentence without the possibility of parole.
My personal experience on dealing with vitiligo
I first noticed the white patches on my face when I was thirteen, the most critical years for developing a social life. I was worried what my friends would say about me. I lowered my head whenever there were people other than my family that were present. I avoided leaving my room as much as possible. My father, who was a doctor, got me some Chinese medicine in liquid form to apply on the white patches three times each day. I noticed the size of the white patches slowly reduce in the first three months of using it and was able to regain all my normal pigment within a year. I was back to my normal happy self again until those scary white patches showed up near my eyes two years later. They turned from small dots to sizes of a quarter within two weeks. I wasn’t as worried as much as the first time because I knew I could use the same medicine to bring the color back and it did.
However, I was not so lucky by the third time vitiligo visited my face. It was my first year in the US and my father had passed away the year before we immigrated here. I was devastated and desperately searched for a cure. The first dermatologist didn’t even bother to waste his time on me after he found out I didn‘t even have medical insurance and only had a minimum wage paying job. He frankly told me that there was no cure for vitiligo and gave me some handouts about different treatments for vitiligo. I felt my hope sank to the bottom of the sea. I wished my father were here. He would know what to do. Feeling hopeless but not ready to give up, I changed from one dermatologist to another dermatologist, only to find my hope get hampered even further each time after the creams that the doctor prescribed failed to restore my pigment. Worse yet, vitiligo made its mark on my neck too. So I had to wear tops with turtlenecks to keep it from showing even during summers. Then I noticed the white patches on my fingers and my elbows. My self esteem was next to zero. Luckily, my family were all trying to help. One of my sisters suggested I should give the laser treatment a try on my neck first and she would take care of the cost, so I did. However, all of those promises in the advertisement were just empty promises. It didn’t help to restore my pigment but wasted my sister’s thousands dollars and left an even more ugly scar on me.
Support Groups for Vitiligo Patients and their Families
- Vitiligo Support International - Vitiligo Support International, Inc.
Vitiligo Support International, Inc.
- National Vitiligo Foundation, INC. - Welcome to The National Vitiligo Foundation
National Vitiligo Foundation, a patient oriented site dedicated to information on the cure and treatment of vitiligo
- American Vitiligo Research Foundation
The natural cure for vitiligo
I was back to searching for a good dermatologist. Fortunately, I found a good one this time. He took time to explain to me the fact about vitiligo and advised me not to undergo anymore medical treatments because they would do more harm than good. He told me to use makeup to cover the white patches if I couldn’t stand to look at myself and to stay away from the sun or apply sunscreen to protect the white patches from being burned by the UV lights. But most important thing he said to me was, “if you could look past the colors on you and focus on who you are, I guarantee you will be just fine.”
To Free Myself
From that day on, I started to change my perception and attitude toward vitiligo. By redefining the meaning of beauty, I no longer see the uneven colors on my skin as being ugly. As long as I keep my skin clean and moist, they are just as good as normal skin. My self esteem was back and I realized that vitiligo didn’t directly cause any emotional damages upon me. I was the one who chose to let the superficial perfection control me. I was the one who chose to care so much about my image in other people’s eyes and what other people have to say about me. I chose to define myself as ugly by having more than one skin tone, I chose to blame it on life’s unfairness and hate my appearance. I allowed the bullies to successfully tease me by feeling shame and angry of myself. I chose to lock myself up and stop socializing with others. So I ordered myself to set free of the emotional struggle.
I reminded myself that no one can stop what other people want to say. Some people are just born to be judgmental. Even the most beautiful celebrity on Earth would receive some nasty comments. So, I learned how to ignore them. Once in a while, I would encounter some curious people. When they asked nicely what had happened to my skin, I would tell them that I have skin pigmentation disorder. It is an opposite version of having freckles. If those people were friendly enough but looked quite concern, I would continue to tell them that my body has stopped produce pigmentation to certain areas on my skin. It’s painless and harmless that I am not worried about it and neither should they.
Are you one of the people affected by vitiligo?
I started to notice that only kind and friendly people would stay around with me. People who saw past my so called imperfect skin tone and took time to know the real me under those white patches have become my lifetime friends. I don’t feel vitiligo is a disease anymore, but rather a very useful and magical mirror that can reveal the true nature of people I encounter and help me identify the evil and good. My husband, for example, knew I had vitiligo while we were dating, but proposed to me anyway even when his mother strongly objected. That’s why I love him thousand times more in return.
If you're one of the people who are affected by vitiligo, please give it a try - it is free and most importantly it works.