Vitiligo Cream is nothing but an ointment applied on the skin to cure Vitiligo.
As you all know by now that curing Vitiligo is a difficult and complex process and there is no one cure for Vitiligo.
There are many causes due to which Vitiligo can occur. One of which is Autoimmunity.
Due to Autoimmunity, your immune system starts to work against you and attacks Melanocytes which produces pigments to give your skin its color.
Vitiligo creams like Protopic helps to suppress the immune response and re-pigment the skin.
Today let us go into details of the different types of Vitiligo creams and how they can help you to cure Vitiligo.
There are basically two types of Vitiligo creams:
- Topical Corticosteroids Creams
- Immunosuppressant Creams
Topical Corticosteroids Vitiligo Creams
Topical Corticosteroids creams when applied help your skin to prevent inflammation.
These kinds of Vitiligo creams come in varying strength. Which strength of cream is to be used is prescribed by the doctor as per the patient’s age and location of skin area where de-pigmentation has taken place.
Generally, lower strength creams are prescribed for children and higher strength for adults.
Usually Dermatologists will recommend applying these Vitiligo creams for specific periods of time.
Applications of these creams might not give the desired results for everyone but the anti-inflammatory properties of Corticosteroids can help reduce Vitiligo.
In addition to these creams, your doctor might also prescribe ultra-potent Corticosteroids like Temovate.
However such use of potent Corticosteroids might result in thinning of skin. And so, any use of such creams is to be done under medical supervision only.
There is no guarantee that these Vitiligo creams will cure your Vitiligo but should help in controlling it.
Many people use these creams because they are not very expensive and you can buy them and store at your home.
Immunosuppressant Vitiligo Creams
These Vitiligo creams when applied help to suppress immune response in the area of skin where they are applied.
Which of these to use?
None! Not without consulting your doctor.
Both of these creams are labeled for use to cure Eczema. But many Dermatologists prescribe them for Vitiligo cure too.
FDA has issued a Public Health Advisory for the use of these creams. So you need to consult your doctor before using any of these creams.
Other Vitiligo Cream Therapy
Other than these creams, some Dermatologists may also prescribe Topical PUVA therapy also known as Topical Psoralen Photo-Chemo therapy.
This therapy is usually carried out at doctor’s clinic.
It involves application of a thin layer of Psoralen on the white patches of skin and then exposing that area of skin to Ultraviolet light.
There are 2 main known side-effects of PUVA therapy:
- Severe sunburn
- Hyper-pigmentation or too much pigmentation
Severe sunburn can be avoided by not exposing yourself to direct sunlight after each session of therapy at doctor’s office.
Hyper-pigmentation tends to go away with time once the therapy is stopped.
Can any of these Vitiligo creams help you?
They may or they may not. The results of each of these creams have been different for different individuals.
The bottom line is that you should consult your doctor before starting the use of any of these Vitiligo creams.
Prevention is always better than cure.
You wouldn’t want to aggravate your Vitiligo, would you?
The other less risky option is to follow a Vitiligo diet. A balanced and healthy diet is known to control Vitiligo to a good extent.
In the next article we will talk about natural cure for Vitiligo.