White spots on the skin, or larger white patches of skin are typical indicators of vitiligo, which is a skin disorder that either destroys or causes the failure of the cells that produce skin pigment. They appear most frequently on those parts of the body that experience the most exposure to the sun, such as the arms, face, legs, hands and feet, although white patches can also arise in the genital area and the armpits. Another typical symptom of those people with vitiligo is that hair turns grey prematurely. The skin disorder is widespread, with, for example, 1% of the population of the USA estimated to be vitiligo sufferers, with numbers reaching approximately 100 million worldwide, evidence showing that it is a very common problem indeed.
A definitive, positive cause of vitiligo is still unknown. The chief hypothesis is that vitiligo is an autoimmune disease, in which the body’s immune system attacks the cells that produce pigment – melanocytes. Actually, people that suffer from other autoimmune diseases, such as hyperthyroidism, are more prone to develop vitiligo. Other theories put forward by some researchers include a belief that vitiligo may be caused by severe sunburn, specific medications, emotional upsets and stress, as well as a theory that a genetic link may be involved.
Even though there are a number of vitiligo treatments, they all have a high degree of ineffectiveness and a high risk of unwanted side-effects. In addition, the treatments are time consuming, with some treatments for instance requiring 2 or 3 clinic visits per week, for several months. Generally speaking, the treatments are not covered by medical insurance, so in most cases, the treatments become far too expensive for the majority of patients.
Topical steroid therapy is one of the more fundamental treatments available. This involves applying steroid cream to the white patches of skin, with the aim of restoring pigment to the skin. It may take several months to see any results, but steroids bring with them potential side-effects, such as skin irritation and a weakened immune system. A more complex vitiligo treatment is photochemotherapy, in conjunction with either oral or topical psoralen. Generally speaking, this is more effective than steroid treatment, but it is also a lengthy process and expensive, and as with other treatments, it can lead to dangerous side-effects such as eye damage, skin burns and skin cancer. Vitiligo surgery is also an option. Skin grafting is an example, but there is always the chance that the graft may be rejected, and as with most surgical procedures, there is a heightened risk of complications such as infection and scarring.
Not surprisingly, many sufferers prefer to take the safer option of a natural vitiligo treatment. Herbal extracts can be used to stop the spread of vitiligo, together with a blend of vitamins used to encourage the melanocytes to restart pigment production. If used in conjunction with changes to diet and lifestyle, this approach can cure vitiligo very quickly, with the added bonus of no side effects. The go-to guy for such a system is Michael Dawson, a certified nutritionist, health consultant and medical researcher. Working tirelessly, he has produced a step-by-step guide showing how to cure vitiligo naturally and safely.