RESTORE SKIN COLOR AND CONFIDENCE AS WELL
Nethika Naturals Vitiligo Care Supplement helps slow down progression of loss
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- Frequently Asked Questions
Vitiligo is a long-term condition that causes pale, white patches (loss of skin colour) to develop on the skin – in severe cases these cover the whole body. Vitiligo affects one in every hundred people and can strike anyone at any time. The condition is not life-threatening or contagious,but often leads to depression and isolation – especially amongst children.
Vitiligo occurs when melanin pigment-producing cells die or stop functioning.Normally, the color of hair and skin is determined by melanin.Loss of skin colour can affect any part of the body, including the mouth, hair and eyes. It may be more noticeable in people with darker skin. Some may only acquire a handful of white spots that develop no further. Others develop larger lesions that join together and cover significant areas of the skin
It ’s unclear exactly what causes these pigment cells to fail or die. It may be related to:
- A disorder of the immune system (autoimmune condition)
- Family history (heredity)
- A trigger event, such as stress, severe sunburn or skin trauma, such as contact with a chemical
Vitiligo has no cure. But treatment might stop or slow the discoloring process and return some color to your skin.
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What is Vitiligo?
Vitiligo is an auto immune disease, in which the person’s own immune system recognizes self-skin cells that produce melanin (melanocytes) as foreign and destroys them, resulting in white patches on the skin. Melanin is the protein that gives color to the skin, hair and eyes.
What are the Symptoms of Vitiligo?
Some of the symptoms of Vitiligo are:
- Prominent white patches on different body parts or localized area such as face, hands or feet.
- Increase in the area of the white patches with time.
- Color change on inner side of the mouth or nose.
- Premature whitening of the hair on head, eyelashes, eyebrows, or face.
- Itching on the patchy area.
- Swelling of the uvea, the coloured portion of the eyes.
- Change in eye color.
What are the different types of Vitiligo?
Vitiligo can be characterized into two types, based on the distribution of the white patches over the body.
- Localized: In this kind the white patches are confined to a particular area of the body. This is further classified into three types; focal, segmental and mucosal.
- Focal: This type is characterized by one or more areas of pigment loss in a confined area.
- Segmental: This type is characterized by the patches on either side of the body.
- Mucosal: In this type the mucous membranes are affected, depigmentation can be seen inside the mouth or on the genitals.
- Generalized: In this kind the white patches are not confined to a particular area of the body. This is further classified into three types: Acrofacial, Vulgaris, Universal.
- Acrofacial: Depigmentation can be seen on the face, head, hands and feet.
- Vulgaris: This is characterized by scattered patches that are widely distributed.
- Universal: In this type, depigmentation occurs on the whole body
What are the causes of Vitiligo?
The main cause of this skin condition is autoimmune disorder, in which the body’s own immune system attacks its skin’s melanocytes or pigment producing cells. This autoimmune disorder can be triggered by emotional, physical or mental stress. Some more factors which can indirectly link to this skin condition are family history of auto immune disorders, like rheumatoid arthritis, lupus or thyroid disease or family history of vitiligo.
How is Vitiligo diagnosed?
If white patches are observed on the body, one should get it examined by a Dermatologist. The doctor will do the following things to diagnose this skin condition:
- Thorough examination of the white patches, will look for patch distribution in other body parts.
- The spots/ white patches will be checked by illuminating that area of skin, using Ultraviolet light. Vitiligo patches turn fluorescent under the UV lamp’s light.
- Skin Biopsy is done by removing a small portion of patchy skin tissue to check for melanocytes in the skin. Vitiligo is confirmed if no pigment cells are observed.
- Blood test is done to find out any auto immune disorder such as thyroid dysfunction, as vitiligo is associated with auto immune disorder. Also, complete blood count test (CBC test) or an antinuclear antibody test (ANA test) is performed.
- Eye test will be done to check for inflammation in the coloured part of the eyes (uveitis).
Are all white patches Vitiligo?
No, there are a few more skin related disorders which cause skin pigmentation. These are
- Albinism: Albinism occurs because of a defect in the gene that affects melanin production. This results in either little or no color to skin, eyes or hair.
- Hypopigmentation: Hypopigmentation mostly develops as a result of injury or trauma like skin burns, blisters or infections that damages the skin and leads to its discoloration.
- Pityriasis Alba: Pityriasis Alba is common in children or young adults, symptoms being dry, fine scaled pale patches on the face.
- Tinea Versicolor: It’s a fungal infection of the skin. It occurs when natural yeast living on the skin grows out of control, and appears as a rash on skin.
- Chemical leukoderma: It is a skin condition in which depigmentation is caused by the cutaneous application of specific chemicals that destroys the epidermal melanocytes.
Do Vitiligo patches spread over time?
Yes, the white patches spread and widen with time. If the vitiligo triggering factors are taken care off, then one can reduce the spread of the patches.
Does Vitiligo affect any one gender?
Vitiligo is not gender specific. This condition is seen equally in both the genders. Some reports say that nearly 1% or little more of the world population is affected with this skin condition.
Is Vitiligo painful?
Vitiligo is not painful though the patchy part of the skin becomes sensitive to sun burns and can experience itching if exposed to sun.
Can Vitiligo be inherited?
There is no scientific evidence of vitiligo getting inherited.
How is Vitiligo treated?
There is no 100% cure for this skin condition. Medical science has worked a lot in this area aiming at a treatment which creates a uniform skin either by artificially repigmentation of patched area or by depigmentation of the remaining skin. Few treatment therapies are camouflage therapy, repigmentation therapy, light therapy and surgery.
Are pigmentation therapies safe?
Not really, the skin without pigment is very vulnerable to damage from sun exposure, as they lack melanocytes; macules are more sensitive to sunlight. Many people experience side effects especially on face such as skin redness, dryness, itching and burning. These therapies are also costly, and permanency of repigmentation in these therapies is not assured.
Is there any treatment option for Vitiligo which is effective and safe?
Yes, the most effective way of treating vitiligo is by increasing intake of antioxidants.
Numerous studies have shown a strong connection between oxidative stress, antioxidants and vitiligo. Many studies published in Investigative Dermatology show that patients taking antioxidants have better regimentation than those who are subjected to UV therapies.
In 2006, scientists from Russia explored how oxidative stress affects vitiligo. The researchers found that vitiligo lesions generate large amount of superoxide anions, which are harmful free radicals and on administering a complex of antioxidants, catalase and superoxide dismutase, the pigmentation was restored in the skin lesions.
Can intake of Antioxidants help in Vitiligo?
Yes it can, intake of antioxidants has been found to be beneficial in treating vitiligo.
Studies carried out on vitiligo patients show that there is a decrease in the antioxidant level in people suffering from it, irrespective of the cause of the disease. So balancing the antioxidant levels can have a positive effect on vitiligo treatment.
How do Antioxidants work in Vitiligo treatment?
Vitiligo is a condition in which the production of free radicals and the body’s ability to destroy them is disturbed, this is called oxidative stress. Because of this imbalance, the free radicals i.e. molecules containing oxygen, free electrons go and react with the DNA, lipids and proteins of the cells and take the electrons from these components and destabilize them. This destabilization of cells causes vitiligo and other diseases like cancer.
Many researches confirm that oxidative stress is an activating factor for Vitiligo. So by addressing the oxidative stress, vitiligo can be treated effectively. The body needs antioxidants to prevent the binding of free radicals with these components of cells. Antioxidants bind electron to the free radicals and protect the cells. Thus, the cells do not destabilize and the disease does not occur. Taking antioxidants can thus help stopping the spread of the disease and in repigmentation of the skin.
How can one maintain the levels of antioxidant in the body?
Antioxidant levels can be maintained by taking food supplements, rich in certain vitamins, minerals and flavonoids. Some vitamins like Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and Vitamin E are effective antioxidants; these vitamins counteract the oxidative damage. Minerals like Manganese, selenium and iodine have good antioxidant property and also act in conjunction with other cells in the body to stimulate the production of antioxidants.
A polyphenolic flavonoid compound Quercetin is the most efficient antioxidants amongst the plant flavonoids. Few more antioxidant sources are Capsaicin present in peppers, Green tea and Ginkgo biloba herb, which can also help in maintaining the levels of antioxidants in the body. The intake of antioxidant supplements will not only help in vitiligo treatment but will also take care of the body by preventing other medical conditions like auto immune disorders, cancer, atherosclerosis, neurodegenerative diseases, etc.
Is there any natural remedy available for vitiligo?
Yes, there are natural supplements available having ingredients rich in anti-oxidative and anti-inflammatory property, which can help to stop vitiligo or slow the depigmentation process by reducing oxidative stress on the skin. These supplements, can also help in regaining the skin color.
How does Nethika Naturals Vitiligo Supplement work?
NETHIKA NATURAL’S VITILIGO SUPPLEMENT has been scientifically designed for the management of vitiligo (also called leukoderma- white skin patches). The Supplement contains high quality standardized extracts of herbs like Green Tea (Camellia sinensis), Kutki (Picrorhiza kurrao), Turmeric (Curcuma longa), Gokhru (Tribulus terrestris) and Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra). These ingredients control oxidative stress, prevent inflammation and regulates enzymes and biochemical pathways, thus helps in control of vitiligo.
The effects of the constituent herbs are summarized below:
- Helps in Pigmentation: Turmeric helps in inducing repigmentation of the white macules/patches. A component (EGCG) Epigallocatechin gallate is a catechin, an important constituent of green tea, which delays the onset of vitiligo, tones down the aggression of vitiligo and also helps in reducing the area of loss of pigmentation.
- Helps Prevent Spread of White Patches: Herbs like Turmeric, Green Tea and Kutki possess anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory properties which helps prevent the spread of white patches on the body. The anti-inflammatory property of these herbs can help in vitiligo related inflammation by inhibiting the production of inflammatory mediators and preventing the infiltration and adhesion of immune cells at the site of adhesion.
- Antioxidant effects on skin cells: Turmeric, Green Tea and Kutki help in stopping the oxidative stress induced damage of the melanocyte-unit (melanin producing cells) by virtue of their antioxidant effects. Their anti-oxidant property helps in vitiligo condition by increasing the levels of antioxidant enzymes in body, by scavenging of reactive oxygen species, by decreasing agents that promote oxidative stress and by many other mechanisms. These factors help in preventing vitiligo promotion and helps in repigmentation (skin coloration)
What is the Dose of the product?
The recommended dose is 1 capsule twice a day after meals. In cases of severe leukoderma the dose can be increased to 2 capsules twice a day.
How long does it take for this supplement to show its results?
The Supplement may take almost 3-6 months to show the desired results.
For how long can I use this product?
The Supplement is 100% natural and safe for long term use.
Are there any side effects?
No, there are no side effects of the product. It is 100% natural and safe.