Vitiligo causes a loss of pigmentation or color in the skin, which can often lead to feelings of self consciousness. However, there are different options that may be able to help improve discoloration.
Skin discoloration from vitiligo can profoundly affect a person’s self-esteem. In addition to being physically uncomfortable, it can also make someone feel less attractive and confident in their appearance.
Fortunately, there are many natural ways to help improve skin discoloration. Work with a dermatologist to determine the best treatment plan for your specific needs. The self-management tips in this article can also help empower you in your vitiligo health care journey.
Ways to manage vitiligo include1:
1. Minimize sun exposure if you have vitiligo. Sunlight can worsen your skin discoloration and make your vitiligo more noticeable.
2. Try topical products. Topical products include self tanners and skin dyes that you put on your skin. Camouflage makeup products can help to lighten the appearance of vitiligo by reducing the color contrast between your skin and its white patches.
3. Take care of your skin. Try to avoid any irritation or damage to your skin, as skin injuries may trigger new patches. For example, don’t use harsh chemicals on your body or wear tight clothing or jewelry that could rub against the white patches of vitiligo on your skin. If you normally have dry and flaky skin, you may also want to use moisturizer to help keep your skin soft and smooth2.
4. Improve your diet. A healthy, balanced diet can help you to have healthier skin. Eating a nutritious diet may help support the immune system.
When you know what to do, it’s easy to take care of your skin. Natural ways to improve skin discoloration from vitiligo are a great way to get started.
Vitiligo: Self-care. American Academy of Dermatology. Retrieved from https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/a-z/vitiligo-self-care
How to pick the right moisturizer for your skin. American Academy of Dermatology. Retrieved from https://www.aad.org/public/everyday-care/skin-care-basics/dry/pick-moisturizer