What is it
Vitiligo is a pigmentation disorder of the skin that gives raise to white patches. The white spots are due to the deactivation or disappearance of melanocytes, the melanin-producing cells, in that area. On the other hand, in adjacent healthy skin, melanocytes are active and produce melanin. For this reason, Vitiligo is very evident in summer when the normal skin is tanned and the patch of Vitiligo is particularly white. In dark skin subjects the contrast is even more noticeable.
Vitiligo primarily affects the skin of hands and feet, around mouth and eyes, elbows and knees and genital area. The white spots or patches, that are typically asymptomatic, appear symmetrically and extend over time.
No one knows why Vitiligo happens, so has no known therapy. Common medical treatments for vitiligo include stimuli generated by UV lamps or laser.
None of these treatments is likely to be effective at making the spots disappear; they induce more damage than benefit to the skin.
What to do: vitiligo and camouflage
In many cases, it only has aesthetic consequences, but these can create anxiety and reduce a patient’s quality of life.
Above all, it generates a state of discomfort when it is present in visible areas such as the face and hands.
What can be done is covering the area with makeup such as CLAY COLOR, or simply using self-tannings.
To protect the skin from the sun use SUN CLAY.