Treating White Spots/Patches on The Skin
If you notice white spots on your skin, you very likely have a condition known as vitiligo.
A physician should be able to help you rule out allergies, skin cancer, or other conditions. Here are some questions you may be asked and tests you may undergo when you see your doctor:
- Are you related to anyone else with vitiligo?
- Do you or any family members suffer from an autoimmune disease?
- Before you noticed the white spots, did you have any other skin-related problems, such as a sunburn or rash?
- Do you burn easily?
- Have you recently been under any stress?
- Have you suffered a recent physical illness?
- Did you go prematurely grey (before the age of 35)?
- A full physical examination, including your eyes.
- A biopsy from one of the white patches.
You may discover that you come from a long line of vitiligo sufferers (30% of people with this skin condition do), or you may be the first person in your family to have it. You may have another autoimmune disease, making you more susceptible to this as well. But what if you have neither of these? A sunburn or a stressful situation could have instigated your condition. Even pregnancy and childbirth have been known to bring on or aggravate these bothersome white patches.
Whatever the trigger, it seems to be an autoimmune condition, but doctors are still not certain of this, and since it happens to people of both sexes, all ages, and all races, there is no consensus as to why it happens, nor a way to prevent it.
Steps to Treat White Skin Spots From Home
Medical treatments is a great money-maker for doctors, but it comes with side effects worse than the discoloration, and the results are not even guaranteed. The good news is that there are safer, more affordable forms of treatment that can be carried out from home. Because there are so many different causes of vitiligo, not all remedies will produce the same results for all people. The following four, however, are beneficial to your overall health, but will also help the white spots on your skin from spreading further.
- Apply SPF 30 to affected skin daily – No matter how well your pigmented skin tans, skin afflicted with this skin condition burns easily. Always wear sunscreen to prevent both sunburns (and related complications) and the further spread of white patches.
- Get plenty of sleep – If you are sleeping less than seven hours every night, your body cannot get the adequate rest for its melanocytes to produce pigment again. Make your goal 7 to 10 hours per night, if possible.
- Reduce stresses in your life – Adequate sleep is one step toward reducing stress. Dr. Ben Kim outlines a number of steps to take toward a less stressful life, including breathing deeply and regularly, practicing meditation, and #4 below.
- Maintain a healthy diet – A healthy diet includes natural foods like fruits and vegetables, which are easily digested, while dairy and meat can aggravate the condition even more. In addition, take daily supplements of vitamins B-complex, B12, C, and D, all proven to help reduce those white patches.
There are also natural ways to not only stop the spreading, but to also restore your skin’s natural color.