You may be curious about vitiligo because you heard the term and what to know, “What is vitiligo?” Or maybe someone told you they had it and you wanted to know if it is contagious (it’s not). Or more distressingly, maybe a loved one was diagnosed with it. I found myself in the third category when I brought my three year old to the doctor to have a look at his knees. They diagnosed him as having vitiligo which apparently affects about 1% of the population. Vitiligo skin condition can affect people of all ages and colors and is most easily recognized by white patches of skin. Though the effect of vitiligo on white skin is less prominent, it is still easily noticed. This post is sponsored by Recouleur, a patented daily oral dietary supplement that fills in vitiligo vitamin deficiencies.
Because I am not a doctor or any kind of health care professional, I would like to remind you that the research I share is in no way intended to diagnose or treat any condition. Please see a medical professional with any concerns or questions.
What is Vitiligo?
First, let’s address the major issue- what is vitiligo?
The Mayo Clinic defines vitiligo in this way, “Vitiligo (vit-ih-LIE-go) is a disease that causes loss of skin color in patches. The discolored areas usually get bigger with time…The condition is not life-threatening or contagious.”
So there you have the good news and the bad news all at once. You can be grateful that it is just a skin condition and that it won’t really affect your functioning or overall health. But you may still consider it a bummer that you have white patches and those may grow with time.
There are different types of vitiligo depending on the way it seems to affect your skin: universal vitiligo (it affects nearly all skin surfaces), generalized vitiligo (discolored patches in a somewhat symmetrical way), segmental vitiligo (only one side of the body), and acrofacial vitiligo (face and hands).
What Causes Vitiligo Skin Condition?
The answer to that one is something along the lines of wouldn’t we all like to know! Medical professionals know how the loss of color occurs (pigment producing cells called melanocytes die or stop making melanin) but not exactly why.
The Mayo Clinic suggests that vitiligo skin condition may be the result of one of three things or a combination of these factors: an autoimmune condition, heredity, or skin trauma. When they first told me that same information at the dermatologist office, I thought two things. One- “Oh my gosh, does this mean my son has some horrible autoimmune disorder and the white patches are just a symptom of that?” To this they reassured me that the skin condition itself may be caused by an autoimmune disorder but that was all it was affecting. And two- “But my son just tripped while he was running. Everyone does that. How could that be so traumatic for his skin?” And to that, they said it may have been a condition that was just waiting for a trigger event to show up.
The unknown is never reassuring but I take comfort in that it is just a skin condition and we have his general health to be thankful for.
Does vitiligo go away?
Of course, the next questions are- Is there a cure for vitiligo? Can vitiligo go away?
I can offer you a bit of certainty and some uncertainty to go along with it. WebMD says, “There’s no known way to prevent or cure vitiligo. But you can make your affected skin look better.” Again that is pretty much the bad news and the good news all rolled into one. While there is no easy fix for everyone, some people do achieve reversal of vitiligo! It seems that different things may work for different people so it can take some patience to improve the vitiligo affected skin.
Your doctor will likely prescribe some medication or light therapy for you to try and you may get lucky and that may work! My son was given a prescription for a corticosteroid cream but it didn’t seem to have any effect at all.
Does Vitiligo get worse over time?
Yes, they say it tends to get worse with time and in my son’s experience it did just that.
I didn’t know what to do to help so the years went by and I did nothing and the vitiligo spread. Slowly but surely it covered his knees and crept upward and downwards. It started appearing in new places like his wrists and his ankles. It is a sad feeling as a parent when you watch helplessly.
What helps vitiligo go away naturally?
When my son was about 12 he learned to swallow pills and I began to look for vitiligo supplements that could help. Because he had not responded to the doctor’s prescribed medication, I began to look for vitiligo alternative medicine.
I started looking for personal vitiligo stories to see if I could find details of what might help my son. I found a YouTube video of a Vitiligo Society presentation by Simon Parker and he named Recouleur as part of his daily routine. After researching all the elements that seemed to contribute to his documented vitiligo skin re-pigmentation and I found that Recouleur was truly an exciting possible alternative treatment. Not only was it actually something I could afford, but it also made me aware of a fact I had not previously know. And information is power!
Recouleur® is a Dietary Supplement with a patented formula that supports vitamin and mineral deficiencies commonly found in people with vitiligo as well as people with graying hair.
Did you pick on that? The phrase “vitamin and mineral deficiencies commonly found in people with vitiligo” stood out to me. I know that a correlation does not equal causation but there is still power in finding the patterns. Come to find out it was known as early as 1992 that “Patients with vitiligo show diminished blood levels of folic acid, Vitamin B12, and ascorbic acid (vitamin C). Prolonged oral administration of these vitamins was followed by definite repigmentation without side effects.” Research from 2009 continues to validate that, “antioxidant supplementation (vitamins A, C, and E) is significantly beneficial in contributing superior clinical efficacy to cure vitiligo.” Hmmm. I can’t believe I didn’t know that important information! I wish my doctor had told me that.
Another positive effect of supplementation according to WebMD, “Some experts also say some supplements can help phototherapy be more effective…Be sure to talk with your doctor before you take any supplement. They could affect any medicines you’re already taking.”
Vitamins For Vitiligo
The Recouleur® vitamins for vitilgo are based on extensive research of what best achieves nutritional healing. In fact, there is a whole book about it.
Recouleur Ingredients: Vitamin B12, Folic Acid, Zinc, Vitamin C, Pantothenic Acid, and Copper.
And here’s the best part, Recouleur® compounds the optimum amounts of these strategic nutrients into one tablet so you don’t need to do all the research about which vitamins are best for the vitiligo skin condition and at what quantities. And you only have to keep 1 bottle on hand and take 1 pill instead of countless bottles and pills.
When I realized that most people with vitiligo have vitamin deficiencies, it was a no brainer for me to try Recouleur for my son. I figured at best it could help reverse his vitiligo and at worst it would still help correct his vitamin deficiencies if it did nothing else. So a big win or a little win. Either way a win!
Recouleur usually takes 3-6 months of supplementation before new color appears. This is why Recouleur is sold in a bottle that will last for 3-6 months (depending on whether you take 2 a day or 1 a day). I knew my son’s patches would be a challenge because they are larger patches and he has had them for over 9 years.
I blogged about it when my son first started taking Recouleur. After 3 weeks, he thought it was working. He said he was beginning to see spots of repigmentation. I couldn’t tell for sure but I thought maybe so too. I shared pictures so you could see for yourself.
Well, it has been about 6 months now and he has been taking 1 a day although he does forget sometimes. To be honest, I wasn’t really sure it was making a huge difference in repigmentation at first. I thought it was stopping the spread and fixing his vitamin deficiencies and that is amazing all by itself. But when I took photos and compared them to the ones from several months ago, I was surprised to see that it seems to be working better than I realized. Watching something change slowly over time, it can be hard to see exactly what is happening. But looking at the photos I realized that not only have they stopped spreading, they also seem much less noticeable.
As you can see, he certainly is not 100% better yet but I am very happy with the improvement to his vitiligo skin condition!
Where To Get Recouleur
We are very happy with Leo’s progress. I feel so glad to know that Recouleur is providing my son with the nutritional support he needs. You can visit recouleur.com to learn more or place your order!