Vitiligo is a skin condition that occurs with the death or ceasing to function of melanocytes, the cells which are responsible for the production of melanin, which is the pigment that gives us our natural skin color. Its exact cause has not been established definitively, but several theories exist, including the idea that it is an autoimmune disease, genetic in origin, or caused by excessive stress or trauma. Nutritional deficiencies are also suspected, as many vitiligo patients have been found to have lower levels of certain nutrients, Vitamin B12 in particular. Men, women and children can develop the disorder, which currently affects more than 60 million people around the world.
Modern science has yet to discover a permanent cure for vitiligo. For now, patients will have to make do with treatments that help them manage their condition. The most common of these treatments is phototherapy, which calls for the exposure of the affected areas of the skin to ultraviolet light, often in conjunction with certain medications. Corticosteroid creams and lotions are also widely used to halt the spread of the white patches, which more commonly appear on parts of the body which are more frequently exposed to sunlight.
In most cases, vitiligo patches do not cause any discomfort or pain. What they give most users in spades, however, is embarrassment. Vitiligo patients tend to be more conscious about these white patches when they appear on the face, especially around the mouth. The contrast is even more apparent on patients with darker complexions. Low self-esteem is common among vitiligo sufferers. Some even become clinically depressed because of the white spots that make their skin tone look extremely uneven.
Many vitiligo sufferers who undergo treatment also prefer to camouflage those unsightly white patches. It’s a good thing that there are now a number of cosmetic solutions for vitiligo available on the market. They come in various brands and types. There’s Dermablend, which comes in more than 20 shades that make it perfect for all types of complexions.
A slightly more expensive brand is Smart Cover , a waterproof and smudge-proof makeup as seen on TV.
The most expensive, but also highly effective option is the airbrush makeup set from Dinair Studio.