Have You Considered Vitiligo Creams?
Vitiligo or leukoderma affects millions of Americans and other people around the world, but even though this condition has been recorded for several decades, what we know about the malady is still virtually unknown.
How Does Vitiligo Work?
Vitiligo is a condition where the cells in your skin start to suffer from a breakdown in melanin, which affects the pigment and therefore, colour of your skin. It usually starts on the hands and face, before spreading to the rest of the body. Eventually it can take over almost the entire body, even affecting the areas from which hair grows, such as the scalp and eyebrows.
Through detailed medical research, it has been deduced that various factors can cause the onset of vitiligo, the first of which is genetics. If you have the condition somewhere in your family history, you may well have a predisposition to the ailment and in this case you should take the other factors even more seriously.
Lifestyle plays a large part in contracting the condition and a generally unhealthy life won't help your cause, nor will smoking or a poor diet. Stress can also trigger vitiligo, so apart from trying to de-stress for the sake of it, you should also make the effort to curb the chances and severity of the ailment.
You can now acquire vitiligo cream which is currently available in two forms. Please be aware that both kinds must be used under medical supervision. The first vitiligo cream is a topical corticosteroid, which prevents inflammation of the skin.
Like all treatments and therapies for vitiligo, there's no guarantee that these will cure the skin condition, but if applied under the correct conditions for the right amount of time, this cream can reduce the full effects of small affected areas of skin. Corticosteroids help cool the skin down and prevent inflammation due to the inherent properties they contain and although they won't stop the ailment, they can help de-pigmented areas that are small in size.
Corticosteroids are a very useful treatment for vitiligo, because they cost a relatively small amount of money and can therefore be stockpiled ready for regular use. They are easy to apply daily and should help as long as the infection area is relatively small as well.
Although not yet being called a vitiligo cure, another drug being tested is showing real signs of potential. Phenytoin has been shown to decrease the rate of expiry of the cell melanocytes, which are the cells that produce the pigment and thus colour the skin.
At the University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Romania, researchers have been applying the drug in the form of a gel directly to the skin areas affected and in this way they've achieved the best results so far.
The only way the drug achieves such good results though is if the substance is applied in high levels of concentration. Lower concentrations still work, but don't provide the same levels of benefits or results to vitiligo sufferers.
Dermatologists actually refer a third option - a cream called PUVA or Psoralen. This is a cream to be applied during UV treatment and remains the most conventional method and although not a vitiligo cure, it remains the vitiligo cream of choice for skin professionals.