A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Vitiligo
I had a question the other day about vitiligo.
Vitiligo is a condition in which white patches develop on your skin.
Any location on your body can be affected and most people with vitiligo have white patches on many areas of their body.
Melanin is the pigment that gives your skin its color.
Vitiligo is caused by a loss of pigment in your skin, due to destruction of pigment-forming cells known as melanocytes.
The exact cause of the destruction of these cells isn’t known.
One possible explanation might be your body’s immune system destroys the cells, as in other autoimmune conditions.
Although vitiligo affects all races equally, it’s more noticeable in dark-skinned people.
Vitiligo affects up to 2% of the population, and it’s estimated 2 to 5 million Americans have the condition.
In most cases, vitiligo develops early in life, between the ages of 10 and 30 years.
Ninety-five percent of those affected will develop the disorder before age 40.
Both men and women are equally likely to develop vitiligo.
Vitiligo may run in families; those with a family history of vitiligo or premature graying of the hair are at increased risk for the development of vitiligo.
Other risk factors that increase one’s chances of developing vitiligo include having autoimmune diseases, like autoimmune thyroid disease (Hashimoto’s thyroiditis).
Symptoms of vitiligo include an often rapid pigment loss on several areas of your skin.
The initial appearance of the white patches can be followed by a stable period without any progression of the condition.
Later on, further cycles of pigment loss and stability may be observed.
Vitiligo commonly affects areas on your skin that are exposed to sun, body folds (like armpits), previous sites of injury, areas around moles, or areas around body openings.
It’s rare for pigment to return once the white patches have developed.
Vitiligo can also affect the eyelids and hair.
There’s no known way to prevent or cure vitiligo.
However, several things can be done to improve the appearance of skin severely affected by vitiligo.
To deal with vitiligo it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily as it hydrates body and brain cells, thins mucus, and flushes toxins.
*Increase Omega3/omega6 essential fats.
*Keep a balanced pH.
*Use Enfuselle and/or ShakleeBaby skin care products.
*Epsom salts baths may be beneficial/soothing.
*Consider liver and/or colon cleanses, fasting, and/or juicing.
*Review my post on candida.
*Consider aloe vera (gel from inside fresh leaves is best).
*Eliminate toxic personal care, laundry and cleaning products.
*Eliminate personal care products that upset skin’s natural pH.
*Decrease excessive sun exposure.
*Improve your digestion and elimination processes.
*Discover allergies/sensitivities (food and/or environmental) that may trigger or aggravate condition.
*Eliminate free radical damage.
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