Ways to treat vitiligo naturally
Vitiligo is a disorder that occurs on three skin causing white patches to appear at different body part. It commonly affects the areas that are exposed to sunlight like face, hands and feet although it may occur on other parts as well. The patches spread slowly over a number of days or years. Vitiligo is thought to be an autoimmune disorder as a result of the body attacking its own pigment cells
(Melanocytes) leaving white patches on the skin. About a third of those affected by the condition can trace it to their genetics. It could also be linked to other conditions or diseases like thyroid disease or diabetes. It is advisable for those suffering from vitiligo to consult a doctor and establish if they could have other complications like skin cancer as a result of lacking protective pigments. However, those with Vitiligo do not have to spend a lot of money and time on medical treatment.
There are different ways to treat vitiligo naturally and some are beneficial to overall health of the body. The natural ways to treat vitiligo are:
1. Rubbing coconut oil to affected areas
Coconut oil is one of the natural fats; therefore, it is a perfect moisturizer for dry skin including that which is affected by vitiligo. The oil increases production of melanocytes which will make the whit spots to turn pink and begin filing in. There is an instance of a person afflicted with vitiligo who noticed white spots turn to pink after just three weeks.
Coconut oil is also an antioxidant which decreases wrinkles and has no negative side effects
People with vitiligo lack adequate levels of melanin. Its production can be increased by exposure to sun. This can sound to counter effective as skin without pigment is highly likely to burn but this can be prevented by sunbathing for short periods of around 10 minutes while wearing a sunscreen. The only side effect would be darkening of the skin due to lack of pigment but this is small price to pay for regaining overall pigment.
3. Taking a diet of fruits and vegetables
Poor diet is known to cause or aggravate autoimmune illnesses. A health diet comprising legumes, vegetables, fruits and whole grains that are easy to digest should be on the menu if you are having vitiligo. Dark green vegetables, carrots and beets are pigment rich; therefore, they are essential in providing natural protection against sunburns.
Although diet plays a big part in reducing vitiligo, foods that are likely to increase production of phelm should be avoided. These foods include curd, buttermilk, tamarind, oranges, lemon and lime. Other foods to avoid when you have vitiligo are red sorrel, custard apple, guava, cashew nuts, melons, Chinese dates and citrus fruits.
4. Plenty of sleep
There is a link between stress and vitiligo hence it is essential to get adequate amount of sleep. There are divided opinions about the right amount of hours to sleep but it can be 7 to 10 hours depending on the individual. There are high chances that busy people who undergo a lot of stress do not sleep even for the minimum 7 hours. People with vitiligo should work towards sleeping for 7 hours. This will help them to handle stress in a better way during the day while their bodies will take better care of themselves including reproduction of melanocyte cells that help to reduce vitiligo.
Ayurveda is an ancient form of Indian medicine. It involves the combination of natural remedies and herbs to cure vitiligo. In Indian traditional Ayurvedic approach to curing vitiligo, the digestive system is its main target. When it is used for vitiligo treatment purpose, an expert will recommend a diet with certain restrictions. Salt should not be added to food in the diet. This approach helps in eliminating all toxins from the body then purifies it with heat therapy, purgation and oils. Part of the treatment includes applying leeches and organic herbs on the parts of the skin affected by vitiligo.
This is another Indian remedy for vitiligo using picrorhiza herb that is used for treating even other types of skin conditions. The herb cures skin condition by inducing re-pigmentation. Picrorhiza is used widely either naturally or in form of herbal medication.
Psoralen is found in flowers and natural foods and is an excellent cure. Generous amounts of Psoralen are found in celery, which is one of the beneficial vegetables. It is also found in corylifolia flower seeds.
Psoralen helps to increase the natural skin reaction to sunlight. Celery can be included in the diet to supply natural skin healing ingredients to the body. Psoralen also helps in sensitizing skin to skin tanning if exposed to sunlight. Psoralen can be applied directly on the affected area of the skin. Another option is to take Psoralen orally.
8. Avoid skin trauma
If you have vitiligo, do all you can to avoid skin trauma. Vitiligo frequently follows the areas that are affected by abrasions and cuts.
Self care products
Certain self-care tactics can help those with vitiligo to take care of their skins and improve the appearance. One of the ways to protect the skin especially for light skinned is to use a sunscreen. A sunscreen with SPF of at least 30 that provides protection both UVB and UVA light is good for protecting skin from harmful rays of the sun. Sunscreen also helps in protecting the skin sunburns. It also minimizes tanning making contrast between skin without pigment and normal to be less noticeable.
Concealing cosmetics can be used to lessen appearance of white patches on the skin and help to improve self esteem for individuals who have vitiligo patches on the exposed part of their skins. It is recommendable that they experiment with different brands of cosmetics so that they can find the product that blends perfectly with their normal skin tone. Sunless tanning products also help to conceal imperfections by adding color to the areas of the skin without pigment. This coloring will not wash off but fade gradually as dead skin cells will slough off within several days. Ends