We have a blog that is dedicated to providing information on the skin condition, Vitiligo. Green Peas Skin Rejuvenation and Vitiligo Treatment is a blog that will cover everything from the causes of vitiligo to tips for calming your skin as well as tips for covering and camouflaging vitiligo.
Vitiligo is a skin condition that affects people of all races, genders and ages. It can occur at any age but it usually develops between the ages of 10 and 30. It can affect any part of the body including hair, eyes and inside of your mouth.
The good news is that there are many effective treatments available in today’s market. There are home remedies, topical treatments and even surgery options depending on how extensive your vitiligo may be.
Vitiligo is a skin condition in which the skin loses color in patches. Vitiligo occurs when the melanocytes, or cells responsible for skin pigmentation, die or stop producing melanin. It can happen to anyone, at any age. There are currently no cures for vitiligo, but there are treatments that can help minimize the appearance of white patches and even out skin tone. Currently, there is no known cause of vitiligo and researchers believe it’s actually caused by a combination of factors.
You may see a dermatologist if you’ve noticed white patches on your skin that weren’t there before. They can let you know if you have vitiligo or another condition that may share similar symptoms. Treating vitiligo may be easier and more effective if done early on in its progression.
What is Vitiligo?
Vitiligo is a long-term skin condition characterized by patches of the skin losing their pigment. The extent and rate of colour loss from vitiligo is unpredictable. It can affect the skin on any part of your body. It may also affect hair and the inside of the mouth.
The cause of vitiligo is not known. One theory is that some people have a genetic predisposition to vitiligo. It only takes a trigger, such as sunburn, to cause the vitiligo patches to appear. Vitiligo affects all races and genders equally, but it may be more noticeable in people with darker skin.
There is no cure for vitiligo, but treatment can help stop or slow the discoloration process. Treatments include topical medications, light therapy and surgery to cover up or transplant skin with pigment into white patches. Other medical treatments include steroid creams and pills, PUVA (Psoralen + ultraviolet A light), ultraviolet B phototherapy, depigmentation (lightening your normal skin color to match areas without pigment), laser therapy, grafting and micropigmentation tattooing. In addition, herbal remedies are available for treating vitiligo.
Vitiligo is a skin pigmentation disorder in which there is loss of skin color in blotches. Vitiligo is relatively common, affecting 0.5 to 1 percent of the population. Vitiligo occurs in all races. It affects men and women equally and most often starts prior to age 20.
Vitiligo spreads over time but the rate of spread varies from person to person. The extent of vitiligo does not correlate with the severity of symptoms; some with vitiligo covering most of their body have no physical discomfort, while others are bothered by mild itching or sensitivity to sunlight.
The cause of vitiligo is unknown, but research suggests that it may arise from autoimmune, genetic, oxidative stress, neural, or viral causes. The main treatment for vitiligo is sunscreen and make up for cosmetic improvement and repigmentation therapy. Strict sun protection (sunscreen) is essential when treating patients who have vitiligo because they sunburn very easily and it can make any repigmentation that much harder to achieve.
Dr. Debra Jaliman is a board-certified dermatologist and Assistant Professor of Dermatology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. She is on staff at Mt. Sinai Hospital and has been voted into the Castle Connolly Guide, Top Doctors: New York Metro Area for the past 15 years. Dr. Jaliman is a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology and the American Society for Mohs Surgery, and is a diplomate of the American Board of Dermatology. She is also a member of the American Society for Dermatological Surgery, Women’s Dermatologic Society, Dermatology Foundation, Skin Cancer Foundation and International Society of Cosmetic Laser Surgeons.
Dr. Jaliman has published three books: “Skin Rules: Trade Secrets from a Top New York Dermatologist” (St. Martin’s Press), “The Patient’s Guide to Skin Rejuvenation” (Demos Medical Publishing) and “The Complete Skin Care Guide” (Simon & Schuster). Her book helps people understand how to take care of their skin so they can look their best every day. She has been featured in several publications including The New York Times, USA Today, InStyle Magazine and The Boston Globe for