In society, we are all used to the various types, tones, and skin colours that we see. We are also aware of the damages that skin can go through and often make mistakes in knowing the differences between natural skin patterns and damage. One of these types of skin conditions is called vitiligo.
The causes of vitiligo are related to causes in the epidermal system where skin pigmentation occurs. This type of condition is not life threatening but it does take place at a later age when least expected. This can cause the person to experience depression as they realize that their lost pigment is unrecoverable. With current research we can look at some of the common reasons why some people experience this condition.
What Causes Vitiligo?
The areas affected by vitiligo are on the face, around the eyes, nostrils, mouth and other parts of the body such as genitals, armpits, groin and rectal area. Because of the loss of pigmentation and these areas (which usually get exposure to the sun), there are some related theories that associated it with a type of skin cancer.
As extreme as the condition appears, the risk of skin cancer is very low, however many of these cases also showed that they had a prior diagnosis of melanoma which is a common skin cancer.
Many skin problems that result in mutations or loss of pigment in this case shows that when the immune system is attempting to defend itself, it might cross over and attack the wrong areas which seems to be what causes vitiligo. Sun exposure has been shown to depress the immune system so the studies are showing some relation.
Vitiligo Natural Treatment
This condition affects people with darker skin from the age of 10 to their early 40′s. The concern of losing this usually has the person with the condition question various mistakes they might have made.
The ‘trigger’ is generally genetic and there isn’t really anything you can do, however there are some vitiligo natural treatments that are making their rounds. The idea is to stimulate pigmentation with:
Cosmetics – this is commonly used for small areas, to match skin tone but over time would have to be reapplied.
Sunscreen – this is a better way for overall extra skin protection. Those with this condition are more sensitive to sun exposure.
In-gestation – of vitamin B, C and folic acid is shown to recover some pigmentation but the research is very small.
Homoeopathic – a combination of natural creams and minerals are usually applied like sepia and alum. Anyone that has any knowledge of these minerals, like a homoeopath, will suggest the combination.
The causes of vitiligo are becoming more defined as the research continues. The daily exposure to the sun causes our system to react in different ways and while vitiligo only impacts a small percentage of the population, more research will find the exact cause and therefore we are closer to a solution.