Some of us desire to have a fairer complexion but random white patches on skin are an absolute ‘NO.’ Those distressing white patches that are ruining your well-textured, uniform-colored, beautiful skin as well as your self-confidence are nothing but vitiligo affecting nearly 0.5 to 2.0 percent of the global population.
Medically, vitiligo is a disorder that causes patches of skin to become white. This happens because cells that make color in your skin called as melanocytes are destroyed and stop producing melanin – the pigment that imparts color to your skin, hair and eyes.
Vitiligo is an autoimmune disorder wherein the immune system that is ideally meant to protect the body goes insane and destroys the body’s own melanocytes present in the skin.
Apart from disfigured skin appearance, people with vitiligo are also at a high risk of severe sunburn or skin cancer, hearing loss, eye problems such as inflammation of the iris and majorly face social or psychological stress.
The only thing, they are desperately in need of is the best vitiligo treatment options. However, vitiligo cannot be treated but can surely be managed and further prevent vitiligo from spreading to various parts of the body.
Here are 6 simple ways to manage vitiligo:
1. Leave behind ‘STRESS’
In order to manage vitiligo, you must learn to manage your stress. Our minds play a crucial role in the body’s healing process. However, the more our mind is preoccupied with worldly stuffs, the less time it can devote in healing our body. In order to leave stress behind, change your lifestyle -try meditation, yoga, regular exercises, spa, counselling, etc.
2. Increase copper intake
Copper is a vital mineral that can benefit people affected with vitiligo in 2 ways:
- Copper helps eliminate free radicals that destroy melanocytes
- Copper stimulates the melanocytes into action, increasing melanin and repigmenting the skin.
A moderate intake of food rich in copper has been found to be very effective home remedy for vitiligo. Food rich in copper include liver, oysters, cocoa powder, chocolates, nuts, calamari and lobsters, dried tomatoes, pumpkin seeds, watermelon seed, ground ginger and soybean sprouts.
3. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera supports healthy immune system response. It contains essential antioxidant and vitamins required for combating vitiligo including vitamins A, C, B12 and folic acid. It also contains essential minerals such as copper, calcium, chromium, zinc and others that may support repigmentation of the skin.
4. Turmeric and Mustard Oil
Simply mix a tablespoon of turmeric powder with just enough mustard oil to make a smooth paste. Apply to affected areas and leave on a minimum of 20 minutes before rinsing with warm water. Do this twice a day for at least two weeks.
5. Margosa leaves
Margosa leaves (Neem) heal skin depigmentation and decrease white patches. Wash margosa leaves, blend them smoothly, add a teaspoon of honey and drink the mixture three times each day
6. Basil leaves and lime juice
Basil has vital anti-viral and anti-aging attributes which are beneficial for the skin. Mix Basil leaves extract with lime juice and apply up to three times a day for up to 6 months for best results.
Try Herbal Vitiligo Tablets
Pigmento formulated by Charak Pharma is a comprehensive therapy in vitiligo. Psoralea corylifolia in Pigmento stimulates melanocytes to synthesize melanin and causes skin repigmentation.
Acorus calamus, Cassia tora and Melia azadirachta have antifungal properties. Tephrosia purpurea modulates both the cell-mediated and the humoral components of the immune system.
Margosa leaves have immuno-modulating and antioxidant properties. Thus Pigmento effectively induces repigmentation in vitiligo and helps in conjunction with UV therapy.
Try these simple ways and deal with vitiligo successfully.