Vitiligo patches can cause a lot of stress and anxiety due to the lack of attention you get.It may block your confidence and may raise eyebrows for looking different. Although there is no harm in having an uneven pigmentation on your skin, sometimes it may obstruct from getting the right attention. The psychological stress due to stigmatization is the main reason we get patients for a cure. Dermacos is not only effective in providing the right solution, they have the right equipment and qualified doctors to perform the surgeries. You can change the way your skin looks by replacing the color with the help of vitiligo treatment.Though the results might not be permanent and it may not control the issue forever.
A doctor will recommend sun safety, camouflage creams, ointments with steroids. Hence treatments are not necessary if you have a small patch of vitiligo or naturally very light skin color. You can still refer to a doctor for further clarifications of skin treatment.
Protecting your skin against the sun is important
If you have vitiligo risk of sunburn is higher. At any cost it is important to protect your skin against the sun if you have vitiligo. Sunburn poses a great risk to those who have vitiligo. Patients with Vitiligo do not have adequate melanin to protect themselves and it makes it even more vulnerable to sun and causes great damage to the skin.
Whenever there is a risk of being exposed even mildly to the sun, it is important that the skin is protected with a good quality sunscreen.This becomes more important if you have lighter skin.
Take enough Vitamin D
The most significant side effect of not exposing your skin to sun, is to have deficiency in Vitamin D. This is an essential mineral to keep your bones and teeth healthy. Although Vitamin D absorbed in the skin though sunlight is well used by the body, taking a supplement like fish oil can also help.Our bodies need upto 10 MCG of vitamin daily and it might not always be possible to get this through exposure to the sun alone.
Make up to camouflage skin
There are a number of creams available in order to cure camouflage the skin. These creams can be applied on the white patches and blended with your natural skin tone. The quality of these creams is incredible and is hardly noticeable. These creams are waterproof and can last longer than 10 hours on any part of the body. These creams also contain sunscreen and provide protection to the skin from harsh UV rays.
There are also natural skin tattoo artists who can apply the right tone on the white patches to match your natural skin colour. This is a more permanent solution with no effort needed to apply.
Frequently Asked Questions
You will be prescribed a cream/ ointment and this largely depends on the area which needs treatment. While ointments are used in areas which are not easily noticeable like the back of your elbow etc.Creams are less greasy and more cosmetic in nature and will be used in areas which are more easily visible to others.
Some of the steroids that are prescribed include:
- fluticasone propionate
- hydrocortisone butyrate
- betamethasone valerate
Your dermatologist will explain how the ointment is to be used in terms of quantity and application process. Usually it is enough if you use the ointment/cream once a day. Usually it is enough if you use the ointment/cream once a day.
Usually the way to measure topical steroids is by the amount that fits on your fingertip unit (FTU), which is the amount squeezed on the fingertip of an adult which is the amount squeezed on the fingertip of an adult. This amount is usually enough to treat an area that is as big as your palm.
It is usually after one month that you will have a follow-up.The dermatologist will check for any change in pigmentation and for any side effects. If there are any signs of side effects the treatment will be immediately stopped or changed.
After 2 months there should be a visible improvement in the skin tone and if there is none. Other treatment options will be explored. If the treatment is working, then the doctor will continue the medication, with regular follow-ups. The treatment will conclude when there is no or very slight trace of vitiligo (which in most cases happens).
The dermatologist will take regular pictures of the areas under treatment to compare and conclude the observations.
Topical steroids are ointments that can be applied on the skin like a cream. They not only camouflage the patches, but also provide treatment allowing the skin to gradually restore its natural colour. The prescription for topical steroids is recommended in certain cases which are as follows:
- If the vitiligo on your skin is less than 10% of your body
- If you are satisfied with sun protection and camouflage
- If you are not pregnant
- If you are ok with possible but rare side effects.
About the Doctor
Haritha Bandaru, the founder, and owner of Dermacos is an experienced Dermatologist, cosmetologist, and Trichologist, having 5 years of experience in treating various ailments related to skin and hair. She has treated 1000s of cases with great expertise and with 100% satisfied clientele.