Home Remedies for Treating Vitiligo

· March 4, 2017
While there are no medical cures for vitiligo, there are some natural recipes that can help reduce the appearance of the blemishes or prevent pigmentation loss. Check out these great natural remedies.

Vitiligo is a skin disease that’s caused by an immune system imbalance. With this disease, the cells that are responsible for skin pigmentation are destroyed as if they were pathogens.

This causes the appearance of white spots or areas of the skin without pigment. In today’s article, we’d like to talk about some home remedies for this skin disease.

What you should know about vitiligo

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This skin disease can appear at any time in life, but most patients who have a genetic predisposition for it start to experience symptoms before they turn 20 years old.

It is characterized by the appearance of white or pale marks and spots on different parts of the body. These spots may spread or remain the same size. They usually appear on both sides of the body.

With vitiligo, the texture of the skin doesn’t change, nor is it contagious. This condition is purely characterized by aesthetic and psychological impacts.

In almost half of the cases, the genetic predisposition to develop vitiligo is hereditary, although it can be triggered by factors like hormonal changes, stress, or very serious health problems, for example.

There are two types of vitiligo:

Symmetrical

This is the most common form, which is characterized by the development of lesions without pigment on both sides of the body in similar places. This type of vitiligo mainly affects:

  • The face
  • The fingers
  • The underarms
  • The knees
  • The pelvis

There’s a tendency for lesions to appear in these areas because there are “borders” between two types of skin, such as the eyelids, the edges of the lips, the ears, etc.

Segmented

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This is a less common form and it only appears on one side of the body. After the development of the lesion(s) the disease progresses for a few months (a maximum of six) and then stabilizes. Only a very small portion of patients see a relapse or expansion after this period of time.

Home remedies for vitiligo

While there are no medical cures for vitiligo, there are some natural recipes that can help reduce the appearance of the blemishes or prevent pigmentation loss.

Some of the foods that can be helpful in the treatment for this disease include:


Cucumber

Cucumber is packed with vitamins B and C, and is known for its moisturizing properties for the skin (which is why it’s found in so many commercial beauty treatments).

It helps whiten the dermis, reduce wrinkles, soften sensitive skin, and balance oily skin. It’s also recommended for those with psoriasis and vitiligo.

Basil

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Basil is a great way to treat vitiligo because it gradually eliminates the blemishes on the skin. The leaves of the plant stimulate the production of melanin and help balance your natural pigmentation.

To maximize the effects of basil, it’s a good idea to mix it with some lemon juice. The results may take several months to appear.

Kiwi

Thanks to its properties and nutritional makeup, kiwi is an excellent option for treating this disease. To take advantage of it, add kiwi to your daily diet.

You can eat a kiwi at breakfast, as a mid-morning snack, or as a dessert after lunch or dinner. Because it’s so delicious, you can add it to a smoothie with other fruit.

The kiwi increases your body’s natural defenses and improves your immune system function. This means that it will stop attacking the cells that produce pigmentation.

Strawberries

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Because vitiligo is caused by a weakened immune system, it’s important to consume foods that strengthen your defenses, which is the case with strawberries.

This small and tasty fruit packs a lot of vitamins, including vitamin C, which is known for its antiviral and antibacterial properties. That’s why we recommend that you eat strawberries several times a week.

Chickpeas

This action-packed legume has lots of amino acids and vitamins that will stop the destruction of the cells that are responsible for pigmentation. It also increases your production of melanin.

You can consume chickpeas in a variety of dishes, including hummus, in soups, or in stews.

Black pepper

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Black pepper is good for both your internal and external health. In addition to adding more of it to your recipes as a spice, we recommend you apply it to the areas of the skin that are affected by vitiligo.

Here’s a great recipe:

Ingredients

  • 1 pinch of black ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of extra virgen olive oil (5 g)

Preparation

  • Place the black pepper in a bowl and pour the olive oil over it.
  • Mix until you obtain a paste and apply it to any areas where you have white spots.
  • Leave it on for an hour and a half before rinsing with warm water.
  • Repeat this at least twice a day for a month.

Papaya

This delicious tropical fruit is excellent for treating all kinds of skin conditions (including, among them, psoriasis and vitiligo).

To take advantage of its benefits, just cut open a piece of papaya and rub it on the affected areas.

Repeat this every day before you go to sleep, without rinsing.

Drinking papaya juice or adding it to smoothies will also help with the process.

Red clay

You can buy this in naturalist stores and can even find it in river beds. Red clay provides a lot of copper, which helps restore pigmentation to white spots.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon of red clay (15 g)
  • 1 tablespoon of grated ginger (10 g)

Preparation

  • Add the clay to a bowl and mix in the grated ginger.
  • Apply it to the affected area at least once a day.
  • Leave it on for two hours before rinsing with warm water.
  • Repeat this every day for a month.

Give these great home remedies a try!