What is vitiligo, and what causes it?

Vitiligo is a very common skin disease that causes smooth white or light pink patches to appear on a personís normally pigmented skin as well as premature graying of the hair on the scalp. These white/pinkish patches occur due to pigmentation issues, i.e. the loss or malfunctioning of cells, called melanocytes (the cells that make pigment), which give color to the skin. The ratio of people getting affected by Vitiligo skin disorder is from 1-2% across the globe, and this skin disease is not contagious.

There are two main types of Vitiligo patterns, including segmental and non-segmental (generalized). Non-segmental Vitiligo pattern is more common in people, and it typically affects the areas surrounding body openings, fingers, toes, and bony areas. This type of Vitiligo can occur at any age, whereas segmental Vitiligo pattern is more prevalent in adolescents.

The main symptom of Vitiligo is the appearance of white/light pink patches on the skin area that has been affected. Other symptoms include white/grey hair patches in the scalp, and pigment abnormalities of the retina or iris of the eyes.

Till date, the researchers from around the world are not sure about the exact causes of Vitiligo, and several theories have emerged. One theory is that vitiligo may be an autoimmune disease. These diseases happen when your immune system mistakenly attacks some part of your body. In Vitiligo, the immune system may destroy the melanocytes in the skin. It is also possible that one or more genes may make a person more likely to get Vitiligo.

Another theory is that melanocytes destroy themselves. Also, some people have reported that a single event, such as sunburn or emotional distress, triggered Vitiligo; however, these events have not been scientifically proven to be a cause of Vitiligo.

Though Vitiligo cannot be cured, it certainly can be managed. There are various medicines and ointments available in the market that can help in managing this skin disorder. Many modern remedies have also appeared over the years, like surgeries and laser treatments. However, it has been observed that such remedies have certain side effects, which are not good for the patient. That is why we recommend herbal formula to cure this disease, such as our CURE VITILIGO OIL.


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