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VITILIGO

Vitiligo is a condition in which special skin cells called melanocytes, which produce the pigment melanin in the skin are destroyed. Melanin is the pigment that determines the color of a person’s skin, hair & eyes. This loss of melanin results in white patches of skin that appear on different parts of the body. The hair that grows in areas affected by vitiligo may also turn white.

At first, vitiligo typically consists of small areas of pigment loss that spread and become larger as the condition progresses.

There is no cure for vitiligo but for most people, the main goal of treatment is to stop or slow the progression of depigmentation.

The primary sign or symptom of vitiligo is pigment loss that produces white patches on the skin. Other less common signs may include:

Whitening or graying of the hair on the head or face

Loss of color in the tissues that line the inside of your mouth (mucous membranes)

Loss or change in color of the inner layer of your eye (retina)

Vitiligo can affect any part of the body. However, the white patches or depigmentation typically appear on areas of the skin that are exposed to sun such as the hands, feet, arms, face and lips.

Most cases of vitiligo appear in one of three patterns:

Focal- Depigmentation is limited to one or a few areas of the body.

Segmental - Depigmentation occurs on only one side of the body.

Generalized - Depigmentation occurs across many parts the body.

In most cases, vitiligo first appears between the ages of 20 and 30 but a person can experience the condition at any age. The face, eye lids, neck, armpits, elbows, genitalia, hands or knees are places of the body that are usually affected initially. The patches are often symmetrical and can spread over the entire body. Both sexes and all races are affected equally by the condition.

For most people with vitiligo, there are no other complications caused. But the condition may be more common in people with certain autoimmune diseases such as Addison's disease, vitamin B-12 deficiency, anemia (pernicious anemia), or thyroid disorders.

Each case of vitiligo is different. In some cases the patches stop forming without treatment while some people experience pigment loss on most of the skin.

The skin is made up of three layers:

The Epidermis

The Dermis

The Subcutaneous Tissue

The epidermis is the outermost layer of your skin where melanin is produced.

Everyone is born with approximately the same number of pigment cells (melanocytes). But genetics basically determine the rate at which melanin granules are formed in the melanocytes and their concentration in the epidermis as well as the difference in skin color from one person to another. When melanin is not produced, the involved patch of skin becomes white. When the white patch grows or spreads, the cause may be vitiligo.

The exact cause of vitiligo has yet to be determined. But many experts have theories that point toward an immune system disorder, heredity and even a single event, such as sunburn or emotional distress. However, none of these theories has been proved to be a definite cause of the condition.

Vitiligo cannot be prevented but it can be treated naturally using:

Vitamin B Complex (50 mg of each major B vitamin & up 3 times daily) - Needed for proper skin tone and texture and assists in stress reduction.

Vitamin B5 (300 mg daily in divided doses) - An anti stress vitamin that is important for skin pigmentation.

L-Tyrosine (take as directed on label) - Aids in the production of melanin.

PABA (100 mg & up) - Assists in stopping hair discoloration and is available in Vitamin B stress formula.

Silica (take as directed on label) - Important for developing skin’s strength and stimulates collagen.

Essential Fatty Acids such as Primrose Oil (take as directed on label) - Contain all the needed fatty acids.

Calcium (1,000 mg daily) - Provides for deficiencies that contribute to skin conditions.

Magnesium (500 mg daily) - Assists in calcium absorption and stress reduction.

Zinc (50 mg daily) - Important for collagen repair and strength.

Multivitamin and Mineral Complex (take as directed on label) - Helps support balanced nutrition.

St. Johns Wort (take as directed on label) - May help reduce stress and anxiety.

 

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