Self-Care Tips for Vitiligo

  • Protection from the sun (ultraviolet radiation) is very important for Vitiligo. It’s good practice to apply sunscreen and cover body parts whenever venturing out in the sun between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Gentle morning and/or afternoon rays on the other hand can help in stimulating skin pigment cells and benefit patients.
  • While bathing, use mild soap free liquid cleansers applying gently to clean the skin, as rubbing and inflammation can trigger the onset of new patches.
  • Minimise skin injury: wear loose fitting protective clothing as friction, a cut, a graze, or a scratch may lead to a new patch of vitiligo
  • Avoid chemical-based products like deodorants or perfumes directly on skin as irritation and inflammation may promote new patches.
    • A good alternative is to use them on clothes instead.
  • As options of treatment for Vitiligo such as creams, light therapy and oral medicine take long time to show results, masking the patches and using cosmetic camouflage helps in hiding visible patches on face and arms.
  • As Vitiligo is also a psychological and social disease, it is important to factor in the resulting mental stress and try methods like Yoga, meditation, pursuing a hobby etc. to stay positive.
    • Mental stress may trigger patches to occur on the skin and hence must be controlled
  • The following occupational products may induce whitening of the skin: rubber gloves, lubricating and motor oils, commercial detergents, printing inks, certain laboratory chemicals
  • The following consumer products may induce whitening of the skin: hair dyes, perfumes, detergents/cleansers, bindi glue, black rubber, black socks, eyeliner, lip liner, alta dye.