Vitiligo is characterized by white patches and spots on the skin. These patches can appear virtually anywhere on the body such as your hands, feet, legs, face, arms, lips, hair, around the eyes and mouth, etc.
The exact cause of this condition is unknown. However, it is believed that it is an autoimmune condition in which the immune system attacks the melanin-producing cells called melanocytes.
However, there are various factors that could increase your likelihood of having white patches on the skin. These include; long exposure to sunrays, genetics, vitamin B12. Also, skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, dermal fungal infections such as tinea versicolor could trigger white spots/patches on the skin.
Here are some tips and good properties, to consider, if you are dealing with white patches on your skin such as vitiligo;
- Avoid stress and practice relaxation techniques, such as meditation, to calm yourself down.
- Avoid getting tattoos.
- Avoid use of chemical-based skin products such as perfumes or deodorants. Rather, use the products on your clothes instead.
- Maintain a well-balanced diet as a deficiency in some nutrients such as vitamin B12, and folic acid could trigger vitiligo.
- Use mild soaps and gentle scrubs as excessive friction could trigger new patches.
- Protecting your skin from the sun is very important. You could use sunscreens or cover body parts when going under the midday sun.
- However, gentle morning sun rays could be good for your skin.
Below are 24 home remedies and natural treatments for white spots and patches on your skin;
1. Ginkgo Biloba
The white patches on the skin due to vitiligo can be naturally treated with Ginkgo Biloba. Its antioxidant and immunomodulatory properties keep the disease from progressing. Use this herb in proper dosage to achieve beneficial results. Generally, taking 40-80mg of the herb 3 times a day is recommended, although it is important to consult your doctor to know the exact amount that is going to work for you.
2. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera helps in hydrating the skin and providing deep nourishment to it. It can help in removing the white spots in a natural manner. Cut and open a fresh aloe vera leaf and extract its gel. Apply it on the entire area affected with white spots and leave it for a few hours to work. Reapply it 2-3 times a day for a faster relief.
Ginger improves blood circulation and also promotes the production of melanin. Apply a slice of fresh ginger root over the white patches. Leave it to dry. Do it regularly until the skin becomes normal. You may also drink freshly extracted ginger root juice with some fresh mint leaves juice for a few weeks to reap the benefits.
4. Green Tea
Green tea is packed with antioxidants that have a healing effect on the skin. It helps in neutralizing the free radicals that damage the skin. Brew a tea by putting a green tea bag in a cup of hot water. Let it cool and apply it on your skin with the help of a cotton ball. Let it stay for a few minutes and wash it with water.
Vitiligo patients often have a deficiency of vitamin B12. Yogurt helps in replenishing this vitamin in a great way and may help in reducing the symptoms. Consume a bowl of yogurt along with your meals to keep your skin healthy and treat the white patches in a natural way.
6. Coconut Oil
The anti-inflammatory properties of the coconut oil are useful in reducing skin damage and prevent the spread of white patches to larger areas. Coconut is also anti-microbial in nature that protects the skin against various infection. Apply coconut oil (extra virgin) over the discolored areas on your skin. Repeat it 2-3 times a day until you start seeing an improvement.
Neem is another beneficial remedy for a healthy skin. It may help your skin regain a natural color with regular use. Make a paste by blending fresh neem leaves. Add a teaspoon of honey to it and apply it to the affected areas. Leave it for 12-15 minutes or until it dries. Rinse with water, thereafter, and pat dry.
Cabbage contains an amino acid, methionine, which helps in healing the skin in a fast and effective way. Simply blend fresh cabbage leaves and extract its juice. Spread it on your skin affected by white patches. Let it stay for 8-10 minutes and rinse with water. Do this every day until you see your skin improving.
Copper helps in increasing your immunity which is essential for treating white patches due to vitiligo. Fill a copper vessel with water and leave it overnight at room temperature. Drink it in the morning to restore the natural pigment of your skin. The copper ions get infused into the water and boost your immunity in an incredible way. Zinc-rich foods should be eaten and zinc supplements could also be taken as a deficiency in zinc could trigger vitiligo. Consult your doctor before you take any supplement.
10. Babchi (Psoralea corylifolia)
Babchi is an excellent herb to treat hypopigmentation and can be helpful in reducing white patches due to vitiligo. Extract some ginger juice and soak some babchi or bakhuchi seeds in it for 3 days replacing the juice every day. Rub the seeds to remove the husk and dry them by placing them in the sun. Grind the dried seeds and consume one gram of it with a glass of milk. Do this for 40 days. The powder form can also be applied topically to the affected areas. Alternatively, you may apply babchi oil over the white patches and ensure exposure to direct sunlight for 15 minutes every day to restore your natural skin color.
11. Red Clay
Red clay is composed of a high amount of copper that helps in treating hypopigmentation. Ginger helps in improving circulation of the area and heals the skin due to its antioxidant properties. Mix 2 parts of red clay with 1 part of ginger juice and rub it over the white patches. Leave it on your skin for 10-12 minutes and wash it with water.
12. Apple Cider Vinegar
The antimicrobial properties of apple cider vinegar are great for reducing fungal infections from the skin that may cause the formation of white patches. Also, low levels of acid in the stomach is associated with vitiligo which can be treated with ACV. Dilute the vinegar with equal parts of water and apply it on the affected areas. You may also drink ACV mixed with water before your meals.
Take 5 teaspoons full of powdered turmeric and add about 1 cup of mustard oil in it. Mix well and apply it to the discolored patches. Do this twice every day and continue this remedy for a year. This mixture reduces inflammation while improving the circulation of the skin to treat the white patches. Curcumin, an active constituent of turmeric, is potent for white skin patches such as vitiligo due to its chemopreventive properties and its ability to protect against harmful free radicals. These make it beneficial to the skin.
14. Radish Seeds
The natural substances present in radish seeds helps in treating skin discolorations naturally. Take 25 grams of powdered radish seeds and mix it with 2 teaspoons of vinegar to make a fine paste. Apply it on your skin for 30 minutes and wash with lukewarm water thereafter.
15. Holy Basil
Holy basil has antimicrobial properties that help in reducing hypopigmentation. Crush some fresh holy basil leaves and add a teaspoon of lemon juice to it. Apply it on your skin for 10 minutes every day and wash off with water.
16. Honey and Sandalwood
When mixed together, honey and sandalwood have an antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory effect on the skin. Put a tablespoon of honey in a bowl and add 1 teaspoon of sandalwood powder and a pinch of turmeric to it. Mix well and apply it to the affected area. Let it stay for 10 minutes and wash off with water thereafter.
17. Ammi Visnaga
Ammi Visnaga or khella is an Egyptian medicinal plant that helps in treating vitiligo. It can be taken in form of a supplement along with food. The dosage should be discussed with a physician and may depend on the severity of the disease.
18. Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is great for any skin problem and would help in treating white patches. Mix a little tea tree oil with a carrier oil and use a cotton ball to apply it on the problem areas. Let it stay for a few hours and reapply it 1-2 times a day.
Carrots are packed with antioxidants and pigments that helps in retaining the natural color of your skin. It contains psoralens which are useful in treating vitiligo. Extract a glass of fresh carrot juice and drink it once every day for 5-6 weeks.
The high amount of carotenes present in papaya is great for increasing melanin in the body, thereby reducing any discoloration. Mash a papaya and apply it to the affected area. Let it stay for 10-15 minutes and wash with cold water.
21. Mama Cadela
Boil 1-2 Mama Cadela roots in 2 cups of water for 12-15 minutes to make mama cadela root tea. Let it cool and apply this tea directly to the affected areas. Leave it for 10-15 minutes and wash the area thoroughly with water. Mama Cadela contains bergapten and psoralen that helps in treating depigmented skin.
22. Vitamin B12 And Folic Acid
A deficiency of vitamin B12 is commonly seen in patients with vitiligo. Hence restoring your whole vitamin levels will help in a faster recovery from the disease. Thus, eat foods rich in vitamins and minerals. Also, you could take a supplement of vitamin B12 and folic acid along with vitamin C and E to restore the skin’s natural color.
23. Frankincense Oil
Frankincense oil is highly recommended in Ayurvedic medicine in the treatment of conditions that could trigger white patches such as psoriasis, eczema, and vitiligo. Frankincense helps in the production of melanin which would help improve your skin pigmentation. Apply the oil on the affected parts of the skin and leave it to get absorbed by the skin.
24. Black Pepper Oil
Piperine, the bioactive compound in black pepper, helps to stimulate the replication of melanocytes which makes it useful in treating the depigmentation disease called vitiligo. Mix black pepper oil and a carrier oil, such as olive oil or coconut oil together. Apply this mixture to the affected parts of the skin. Leave the oil on the skin and do not rinse it away. A study, published in The British Journal Of Dermatology in 2008, supports the potential use of piperine and its analogues in the treatment of vitiligo.
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