Skin care for vitiligo

Protection from the sun is very important for vitiligo skin. 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 rays on the other hand can help in stimulating skin pigment cells and benefit patients.

While bathing or showering, use mild soaps and gently cleanse the skin to avoid irritation, as rubbing and inflammation can trigger the onset of new patches. Also avoid chemical-based products like deodorants or perfumes directly on skin as irritation and inflammation may promote itching, inflammation and new patches. A good alternative is to use them on clothes instead.

It is extremely important to minimise skin injury and to always wear loose fitting protective clothing, as friction, a cut, a graze, or a scratch may lead to a new patch of vitiligo appearing.