Did you know that only 75-150 million people around the world have vitiligo? That’s just 2% of the population. We think it’s important to advocate for sufferers by spreading awareness about the condition, which currently has no cure. In honor of Vitiligo Awareness Month, here’s an overview of this rare pigmentation condition, as well as the best coverage method for concealing its effects. We’re all beautiful with or without our spots, and everyone deserves to feel comfortable in their skin. Here at Fake Bake, we’re dedicated to helping those who struggle with vitiligo by providing an effective and affordable coverage solution.
What Is Vitiligo?
Vitiligo is a disorder that causes cells in the skin to stop producing melanin, which is what creates pigmentation in the skin. This results in a loss of skin color that appears in patches on various parts of the body, including the face, hands and arms, or even the entire body. While vitiligo is harmless from a medical perspective, it can cause serious psychological stress because it affects a person’s appearance and self-esteem. Also it can cause others to wonder if they should be in close contact with someone with vitiligo, but it is not contagious and not a concern from that perspective.
Vitiligo Symptoms and Causes
While it’s not entirely clear what causes skin cells to stop producing melanin, experts believe it may be an auto-immune disorder. It’s also believed it can be hereditary, though it is rarely the case. It has also been found to have been triggered by a severe skin trauma such as a sunburn or chemical reaction.
Vitiligo can affect people of any ethnicity and age, though it typically begins to appear before the age of 30 and is more noticeable in people with darker skin tones. The most common symptom is a loss of skin color in patchy, blotchy spots, which tend to become more pronounced over time. The condition can also cause premature whitening or graying of scalp hair, eyebrows and eyelashes.
There are a number of different types of vitiligo that vary in severity. Acrofacial vitiligo, for example, affects skin on the face, hands and around orifices like the eyes and nose. Universal vitiligo causes discoloration on nearly all areas of the skin, while focal vitiligo occurs in just one concentrated area of the body. Generalized vitiligo — the most common type — causes discoloration patches of discoloration all over the body.
How to Treat Vitiligo
While there is currently no cure for vitiligo, dermatologists may prescribe oral medications, topical creams, light therapy or skin grafting to help restore lost skin color and even skin tone. Unfortunately, these treatments are often unpredictable and can take months to produce results, if they work at all. They’re also expensive and rarely covered by insurance.
For this reason, one of the most effective ways to reduce the appearance of vitiligo is to camouflage the spots with Fake Bake’s Vitiligo Vanquish Kit. An excellent alternative to makeup, this lightweight liquid hides the depigmented parts of the body when applied to the skin. It’s transfer-resistant, stays on for up to three days and is customizable to match a wide range of skin tones.