How to Manage Vitiligo in Summer

how to manage vitiligo in summerPractically everyone is looking forward to the summer, a season associated with holidays and days spent outdoors or on the beach. For people who are suffering from vitiligo, however, summer is not exactly their favorite time of the year. That’s because the hot summer weather does nothing but aggravate their skin condition. More often than not, they stay indoors most of the time because of the intense heat of the sun. Aside from spending a lot of time indoors or seeking some shade when they have no choice but to go out under the sun, vitiligo patients will also have to give their skin some special attention to manage their condition well.

For one, they must never forget to use sunscreen every single day. Keep in mind that the white patches of vitiligo indicate the absence of melanin, which helps protect the skin from the harmful rays of the sun. Simply put, depigmented skin burns rather easily, and that is why sunscreen is so important for vitiligo patients in the summer. If you have vitiligo, choose a sunscreen brand that says it blocks both UVA and UVB rays. Apply them liberally to areas of depigmented skin that will inevitably be exposed to the rays of the sun. For the sunscreen to be fully absorbed by the skin, apply it at least 15 minutes before you head out.

It would also be smart to wear sun protection clothing when you go out. Long-sleeved shirts made of cotton or any cool and light fabric are popular choices as protection from the heat of the sun’s rays. Accessories such as hats, caps and sunglasses are also highly recommended, as they all do their part in shielding you from the intense summer heat.

If possible, do not consume too much Vitamin C, whether through juices, supplements or the fruits themselves. The reason for this is the fact that the said nutrient may inhibit melanin production. Since much of the available treatment for

vitiligo aims to repigment the skin, Vitamin C-rich food and beverages could prove to be counterproductive. Instead, consume more food and drinks that are rich in Vitamins A and B. Ingesting more of the latter, Vitamin B12 to be exact, is highly recommended especially after several studies have shown that many vitiligo patients are suffering from a Vitamin B12 deficiency.

There is a possibility that before you developed vitiligo, you had a thing for getting a tan, especially during the summer season. Now that you have white patches on the skin, do you really have to give up tanning just because you can no longer let yourself be exposed to the sun’s rays for a certain period of time? The answer to that question is no, not when there are a number of self tanners now available on the market. These tanning products do not require the UV rays of the sun to be effective. They can give anyone—people with vitiligo included—a chance to get a fabulous tan without direct exposure to the sun’s heat.