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How to Cure Vitiligo Naturally

Updated on September 19, 2012

Vitiligo affects approximately 1 percent of population

Vitiligo: White Patch on Skin
Vitiligo: White Patch on Skin | Source

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.

White spots on Face.  Small Spots around eyes.
White spots on Face. Small Spots around eyes. | Source
Two days after I had the laser treatment on my neck
Two days after I had the laser treatment on my neck | Source

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.

I carry an umbrella or a hat wherever I go to help protect my skin from the sun.
I carry an umbrella or a hat wherever I go to help protect my skin from the sun. | Source

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?

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Positive Result

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.

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      Mark 2 years ago

      im a 19 year old male and have been affected by vitiligo since 15. I have done a lot of reading and have come to realize that dermatologists procedures do NOTHING to cure vitiligo. I accepted my vitiligo until I found out I had alopecia (autoimmune disease that causes hair loss) which was something I couldn't live with. I am now making a substantial lifestyle and diet change. Autoimmune diseases (which is what vitiligo is) can be reversed if you heal from the inside out. 70% of your immune system is in your gut. If you are not giving your body the right food, bad bacteria can build up in your gut and cause a leaky gut and cause inflammation in the body which leads to an out of control immune system. Eliminating this inflammation through healthy eating and natural supplementation is crucial for vitiligo cure. Probiotic supplement is crucial and would help restore gut bacteria.

      1. Eliminate inflammation by eating anti inflammatory foods. This will also help heal the gut and immune system. Eliminate gluten(wheat), dairy, sugar, processed foods.

      2. Eliminate environmental toxins. (Chemicals in bathroom products, air fresheners, fluoride and chlorine in water)

      3. eliminate stress

      I have not yet cured my vitiligo as I just got diagnosed with my alopecia and have only begun to change my lifestyle and diet within the last week. However, I truly believe that our health is a reflection of our diet and we can transform and heal our bodies naturally. The research I have done has shown me this and people who have gotten results have used natural remedies, not mainstream medical remedies. The natural remedy is by no means easy and does take anywhere from 2-6 months but it is well worth the lifestyle change.

      people often look at vitiligo as a sur face ailment when in reality, it's trying to tell you something bad is happening in your body, and vitiligo is a sign to tell you that. You may have a leaky gut, heavy metal poisoning, thyroid problem, hidden infection, or food allergy. Once you fight that underlying cause, your vitiligo should disappear.

      My family owns a health food/supplement store here in Canada and i have learned that there truly are cures in natural medicine. The mainstream chemical filled pills from doctors to cure everybody's problems only create more problems due to side effects or else they only treat the ailment with Durgs that mask the problem and offer temporary releaf. They do not treat the ROOT CAUSE of your ailments. Diet and lifestyle are key to every disease, big or small.

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      kavita chandru naik 3 years ago

      i have vitiligo... because of this i am not able to find job also... because i look very ugly... i tried many medicine but nothing worked out for me... can u suggest me to cover vitiligo...

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      Bryan 3 years ago

      I have vitiligo for 8 years now and I had tried different treatments (PUVA, topical steroid, meladinine cream/solution with exposure to sunlight/PUVA, oral meladinine, oil of bergamot). The vitiligo covers my neck, and one-fourth of my face. I looked for another dermatologist because i lost hope with my past dermatologists. Then somebody recommended me a good natural treatment and it worked very well. Now i'm 90% cured. With only 1 1/2 month of treatment. Read this review, it helped me a lot:

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      bryan 4 years ago

      The truth is that I tried everything to cure my vitiligo problem, creams, laser treatments, medicines. After spending six years with vitiligo in most areas of my body, I found this treatment: , could not believe what was happening to me, the first 2 weeks I was noticing the change. After 2 months I was almost cured. today I am completely healed without surgery, or exercise, or lasers, just with this natural diet treatment.

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      charles 4 years ago

      People suffering from called Vitiligo are desperate for cure and willing to pay any price for the treatment. But most of the medical treatments for vitiligo are highly expensive and have high risk of side effects. Although there are so many limitation and problems in treatment and therapies of vitiligo but still patients go for it.

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      Ann Leung 4 years ago from San Jose, California

      Thank you spencer0808 for reading and commenting. I am happy to know that my story made you feel better.

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      Ingenira 5 years ago

      Excellent sharing. I don't have vitiligo, but I know some people who have it, and I understand to a certain extend what they are going through.

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      misard 5 years ago

      If you are desperate because you suffer from vitiligo , I think you should read this review. My embarrasment was huge when i went out and people were looking at me. I could not get a date for long. I invite you to give you a chance, you just read this review, you have nothing to lose.

      Good Luck

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      Ann Leung 5 years ago from San Jose, California

      Thank you Lisa for reading and sharing your thoughts! If what you have suggested here worked for you, that is great. I hope your tips could benefit other people with vitiligo as well. I definitely agreed with you that it is important to check your overall health and get rid off any bad habits.

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      Lisa 5 years ago

      I understand how you feel. I don't hate my Vitiligo, but you need to

      understand that Vitiligo is not a mirror of the world to determine

      Good or Evil, but rather a mirror of our own bodies.

      I believe Vitiligo is a defense mechanism, a reaction of our body to something harmful, but that protects us of something worst. Other people get Diabetes, or Cancer. We get Vitiligo.

      Our body is trying to tell us something.

      People with Vitiligo usually has Thyroid problem.

      Like, Hypo, Hyper or Hashimoto.

      Or an Endocrine, hormone or adrenal gland problem,

      like Addison's disease.

      Many Vitiligo people have problems with digestion, chronic anemia,

      or nutrients malabsortion due to an endocrine problem. Vit. B and D and etc. deficiencies.

      Vitiligo is also associated with inflamation, dry, itching skin.

      Thyroid problems causes dry itching skin and endocrine problems,

      food allergies or toxins (xenoestrogens) could cause inflamation.

      The latest theory is that Vitiligo people have food allergies.

      Like for example, Gluten or lactose intolerance.

      In order to recover your pigment, many Vitiligo people are saying

      to stay away from Gluten and milk products. And detox.

      Please note that the molecule of gluten, resembles that of the thyroid gland. So the body will attack the thyroid hormone thinking that is killing the gluten molecule.

      Vitiligo is also associated with high stress levels, which in turn causes

      damages to the thyroid and the endocrine system. So NO STRESS.

      Find ways to reduce stress and improve sleep.

      The thyroid produces tyrosine, which is used to produce Melanin.

      The endocrine system affects the hormones levels, the pituitary gland.

      The pituitary gland produces the Melanin producing hormone.

      Please do a blood test and check your thyroid.

      Check your hormones levels. A high Prolactin levels or any other

      anormality is a sign that you have a possible endocrine problem

      due to a possible food allergy or some other reason.

      Check your family history. Any lactose intolerance in your family?

      Vitiligo may post a thread to our lives, because Melanin does not

      only covers and protects the Skin organ, but Melanin is also present

      in all other organs in our body. And if our body is destroying Melanin

      is because something is wrong. Plain and simply.

      Take the time to check your overall health, change your bad habits and

      read about how the body really works. Vitiligo is a mirror of our own body. When we move in the right direction Vitiligo improves or stops.

      This is what I believe...

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      Ann Leung 5 years ago from San Jose, California

      Hi Eswar, there is no medication or herbal remedy to stop vitiligo from showing as of today. Some medication or herbal remedies that are available on the market can only temperately restore the pigment of your skin, but they can't stop white patches from reappearing or showing up on different parts of your body.

      However, since vitiligo doesn't post any harm to your physical health, it is not a disease, it is just an opposite version of having freckles - a cosmetic imperfection to some people. You're cured by yourself if you could treat the white patches as normal skin. If the white patches bother you too much, cover them up. You can read how to cover up your vitiligo here:

      Please keep in mind that it is your attitude towards the vitiligo that matters. Good people will accept who you are, not how you look. (Mean people don't deserve our love anyway.) Let your inner beauty shine and you'll gain respect from people. I know it is easy said than done, but you'll be a much stronger person if you try your best. I still have white patches on my face, my neck and my hands, but I don't cover them any more. They are just as normal as my other colored skin to me. But I do block them from the sun though because they are more sensitive to UV lights.

      Take care and don't let the superficial perfection control you.

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      Eswar 5 years ago

      plzsuggest some methods to cure from vitiligo??

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      Ann Leung 5 years ago from San Jose, California

      Thank you Marcy for reading and commenting! I really hope people with vitiligo can be set free from their emotional struggle.

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

      Anyone who has dealt with a life-changing condition can relate to the way you describe feeling here. Very interesting subject! Thanks for sharing your personal experience.

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      Ann Leung 5 years ago from San Jose, California

      Thanks poowool5 for reading and commenting my hub. Although vitiligo is harmless and painless skin pigmentation disorder, it can cause a great deal of emotional pain to people with vitiligo because some people do stare and stay away from them. Without treating vitiligo in a positive way, vitiligo patients would feel distressed and stigmatized by their condition and feel rejected by society.

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      poowool5 5 years ago from here in my house

      I have never heard of this, kittyjj, but I think I have seen people with it. I LOVE your twist in your touching life story: believe in yourself and others, accept it, live your life. What an important message for everyone. Great attitude, great hub. Voted up and beautiful!

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      Ann Leung 5 years ago from San Jose, California

      Thanks Horatio for commenting! I hope other people with vitiligo can set free of their emotional struggle too.

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      Horatio Plot 5 years ago from Bedfordshire, England.

      What a great story about the triumph of belief over adversity. Good information too.