Vitiligo is a skin condition that causes patches of depigmented skin due to a problem with the body’s production of melanin. When located on the face, hands, or feet, these patches can become very noticeable – especially on people with dark skin. As such, vitiligo can cause embarrassment, fear of what others may think, or even depression. While doctors have yet to find a definite cause of vitiligo, they believe it may be caused by an immune system disorder. Since there’s an increased incidence of vitiligo among families, heredity may also be a factor. Some people have even reported the occurrence of vitiligo after a bad sunburn or emotional distress.
While there is no simple cure for vitiligo, you can use a combination of different treatments to camouflage the white patches. Take a look at the options to choose the best vitiligo treatment for you:
Wear sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher to protect your skin. Sunscreen can keep the non-affected areas of your skin from tanning which can make your vitiligo appear more obvious. It can also keep your vitiligo from spreading since sunburn can trigger more depigmented patches.
Apply Steroid Creams
Topical corticosteroids may bring some color back into the depigmented areas of skin. This treatment usually takes three months or more to see changes in your skin color and works best when started early. Possible side effects include thinning of the skin and streaks or lines on your skin.
Undergo a Skin Graft
For serious cases of vitiligo, your doctor may also recommend a skin graft. A doctor will remove tiny pieces of skin from non-affected areas of your body to attach them to the areas affected by vitiligo. Possible complications include scarring or spotty pigmentation of the transferred skin.
For small patches of vitiligo, you can use concealer to blend the depigmented areas into the surrounding skin. Purchase a shade the same color as your natural skin tone and blend it into the vitiligo-affected areas. Just watch out for smearing and smudging – concealer won’t stay put unless you’re careful.
Get a Semi-Permanent Makeup Treatment from MicroArt
A MicroArt Semi Permanent Makeup treatment can help you camouflage the effects of vitiligo easily and effectively. Semi-permanent makeup can mask the spots with sessions, 1-2 weeks apart. During each session, the technician will add more pigment into the dermal layer of skin, gradually matching the color to your natural skin tone. MicroArt semi-permanent makeup is 100% waterproof, smear-proof and sweat-proof. However, it’s not as harsh as a tattoo and can match your skin tone exactly. Also, you can touch it up in three years, so you can make adjustments as your skin changes. Unlike a skin graft or tattoo, it requires no downtime or recovery. Contact MicroArt for a consultation.
Whatever treatment you choose, know that you don’t have to live with the emotionally devastating effects of vitiligo. You can treat it, camouflage it or cover it up. Let MicroArt Semi Permanent Makeup camouflage it for you. No one will even know it’s there.