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How to Cure Vitiligo

Updated on April 16, 2014

Steps on How to Cure Vitiligo

Leukoderma (vitiligo), a dermatological condition, causes people to experience a gradual loss of pigment in multiple areas of their skin. The lightening of skin color usually starts as small areas. These patches become bigger over time and finally merge to cover larger areas.

How to cure vitiligo remains an unsolved question. Vitiligo is a life-long problem. No drug or other treatment is known to completely stop or heal this condition. But therapies do exist to can slow pigment loss or encourage re-pigmentation.

One of the more common treatments for vitiligo is light therapy. Phototherapy is not a complete vitiligo cure, but it does help the skin to improve. It is important that phototherapy be supervised by experienced medical personnel. Vitiligo can worsen with over-exposure to UV rays, so experienced people must determine the light exposure schedule. Phototherapy is performed using a special UVA or UVB producing lamp. There are two different methods of UV phototherapy. One requires the application of psoralen to the skin to help sensitize it while the other method does not. Both can involve side effects such as excessive skin redness and outright blisters and burns.

Narrowband ultraviolet B (NB-UVB) phototherapy

UV rays can both heal and exacerbate vitiligo. A person with this condition should never go out into the sun carelessly. If you must be in the sun, make sure to wear clothing that covers your skin. Don't forget to wear high SPF sunscreen on areas that cannot be covered adequately. Hats with large thick brims can be stylish while helping shade your face and neck. Even while wearing protection avoid lengthy exposures to sunlight, as this UV exposure will not add to your vitiligo cure. Instead it could lead to the unpigmented areas showing up on new areas of your body.

Vitiligo can be present in highly visible areas. If this is your case and it has become very difficult to tolerate, you may wish to explore the idea of skin grafting. It is one of the more extreme treatments because it does involve minor surgery. An area of your pigmented skin is carefully moved and placed over a white patch. With special care this "new" skin will attach and replace the unpigmented skin.

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Most people do not find skin grafts to be necessary, but if your vitiligo is causing major problems, skin grafting may the only good option. Unfortunately there is nothing to stop the transplanted skin from developing vitiligo in the future.

If you wish, you can try covering the light skin areas with special cosmetics. Do remember that some cosmetics, even those marked for sensitive skin, can cause irritation and inflammation which will exasperate the vitiligo. If you are unsure which brand of cosmetics is safe to use with vitiligo, get recommendations from your skincare specialist. Dermatologists can guide you towards trusted products to use in covering affected skin that will not irritate your skin or increase the vitiligo.

Having vitiligo should not cause you to lose hope for improvement and even cure. Talk with your skin care specialist and look into various treatment options. If one treatment doesn't suit you or doesn't work, try another option. Unfortunately there is never a guarantee that a specific treatment will solve all of your vitiligo problems, but don't give up. Just continue to make changes as you head for your vitiligo cure.

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