Experiences with vitiligo remedies – The Vit Professional (A Vitiligo Weblog)

Final Up to date on 2nd November 2020 by Caroline Haye

A journey of discovery

People’ experiences with vitiligo remedies range enormously… The explanation, I suppose, being that there are such a lot of variables at play. There is no such thing as a single reason behind vitiligo. And there’s no one-size-fits-all therapy. The pathway of the illness includes not only one route, however many. And the way in which the situation impacts every particular person depends upon a number of components.

Due to this, many individuals have a fatalistic angle about vitiligo. (Together with many medical doctors.) They like to let it take its course, fairly than being proactive… Which is a pity as a result of there are, in truth, many efficient therapies. It’s simply that the identical ones don’t essentially work as successfully for one particular person as they do for the subsequent. So, discovering the most effective vitiligo therapy for every particular person can take time and persistence. And, because of this, it’s one thing the person should usually take a significant function in doing for themselves.

Many individuals with vitiligo are on a mission

In fact, it isn’t wholesome to obsess over your well being. You possibly can’t spend all of your time and power (or your cash, come to that) in your vitiligo. However when you actually wish to enhance it, you’ll need to take duty for getting the appropriate info and making an attempt the therapies which might be almost certainly that can assist you. Until you have got a very switched-on physician to drive this for you, you’ll need to be on a mission your self to make it occur.

You possibly can examine my early efforts at discovering vitiligo therapies in My Vitiligo Success: A Journey Of Trial And Error. Throughout that point, I felt as if I used to be the one particular person on this planet on the lookout for solutions. It wasn’t till social media got here alongside that I began to grasp there have been different folks on the market identical to me… Individuals who had vitiligo and have been on a mission to both conceal or heal their white patches. And, I ought to add, there are additionally many who’re on a mission to coach and lift consciousness of vitiligo, which is each bit as essential… If not, extra so.

The Vit Professional weblog (and, later, Vitiligo Retailer) grew out of this realisation and have become my new mission. Within the means of this, I usually rub digital shoulders with different ‘vitiligo college students’ who share a ardour for the topic and whose opinions I’ve come to understand and respect. One such particular person is PK from Sheffield, whose seek for solutions has led him on an eventful voyage of self-education and self-experimentation. As you might be about to seek out out, he has steadily labored his approach by way of a formidable variety of therapies up to now. And, in doing so, he has skilled various ranges of success… A incontrovertible fact that brings us again to the start line of this submit: vitiligo is advanced and no single remedy works 100% of the time for 100% of the folks.

Meet PK – a case research in self-experimentation

PK’s vitiligo began when he was about seven years previous, following an damage to his foot. He now recognises this occasion for example of the Koebner impact or ‘Koebnerisation’, which is when a pores and skin situation develops on the website of a pores and skin trauma. And the truth that his brother additionally has vitiligo, though to a lesser diploma, suggests a hereditary dimension too.

“My vitiligo is on my ankles, knees all the way down to the shin, elbows and a small quantity on my lips,” says PK, after I ask him how widespread it’s. “A few years after this, I additionally started to get small quantities on my fingers and thumbs. And final 12 months, I received two small patches in my armpit. However my situation has been comparatively secure for a very long time, with only a few new patches.”

Once I ask PK what his experiences have been rising up with vitiligo, he says, “I had various verbal bullying about my pores and skin and ended up with a nickname of ‘Piggy’.”

When he says this, I ponder how that have will need to have made him really feel and what number of different youngsters with vitiligo have suffered related taunts. Youngsters could be merciless, even when they don’t imply to be. However they may also be variety and caring if they’re given the appropriate info. All of the extra cause for our collective mission to coach and lift consciousness. In any case, that is how we create a extra supportive and accepting surroundings for younger folks right this moment and sooner or later.

A standard Indian treatment

“At the moment, there have been no remedies out there within the UK”, says PK. “So I went to India after I was in my teenagers and had one thing from a ‘village physician’. I don’t know what was in it. It was like a gritty paste. It bubbled up a few of my pores and skin with a fluid and afterwards some pigment got here. However this was not a pleasant therapy. “

Listening to PK speak about this, and his subsequent experiences with a spread of various therapies, makes me realise what a optimistic outlook he has. He is aware of in addition to anybody that there isn’t a remedy but for vitiligo. However he rejects the concept that it can’t be handled. Not solely does he refuse to be defeatist, he’s actively prepared to place in effort and time to do his personal fact-finding and to check out these therapies which have a monitor document.

PUVA and steroid lotions

“I then tried PUVA from an precise dermatologist in India after I was roughly seventeen. I used to be prescribed Psoralen tablets and both sunbathed or, when within the UK, used a sunbed. It didn’t take a really lengthy publicity every time to show the pores and skin pink. (That is the impact we have been aiming for.) And I received pigment again from this fairly effectively, so far as I recall. Nobody again then knew that vitiligo has a form of ‘reminiscence’ and that it’s more likely to reappear… which it did. So I had a interval of gaining after which dropping some pigment every time I finished a course of therapy.”

PK goes on to clarify that, when he was in his late 20s, he started utilizing a variety of completely different steroid lotions, together with Eumovate and Betnovate. These appeared to stabilise his vitiligo however solely achieved a minimal achieve in pigment.

‘Lifeless Sea therapy’ and Narrowband UVb

“Then, in my mid 30s, I went to the Lifeless Sea with Professor Schallreuter after studying about her therapy on-line. Her web site had a whole lot of info on it and I began turning into within the science and analysis facet of vitiligo. I received new pigment after 13 days, which continued on my return from the twenty-one day journey. I bought a narrowband UVb unit through the Professor, which I nonetheless have. And I continued together with her remedy for some time. This was the therapy that, for me, led to essentially the most enchancment.

“I additionally realized to handle my therapy so I wouldn’t lose what I had gained. My left leg was nearly fully re-pigmented and my proper leg was roughly 30% re-pigmented. I received some freckles on my elbows that joined as much as a small diploma. And there was minimal success on my ankles, however some enchancment… There was additionally a price to the cream wanted for this therapy, so I then began utilizing simply narrowband UVb by itself. After some time, I finished seeing any enchancment but in addition had no new patches or losses of gained pigment.”


A number of years in the past, PK tried prescription Protopic (tacrolimus) along with narrowband UVb for a time however noticed no vital adjustments to his vitiligo. It was not till a lot later that he realized Protopic is especially efficient for facial re-pigmentation, fairly than elsewhere on the physique. So he admits that his lack of outcomes might have been attributable to the truth that he had solely tried it on non-facial areas.

NCTF 135 therapy for vitiligo

A number of months in the past, PK heard about an experimental therapy being trialled by Dr Veronika Konstantinova in Russia, utilizing injections of a vitamin / antioxidant advanced referred to as NCTF 135. He was intrigued to learn that vital re-pigmentation had been achieved with a small variety of sufferers after as little as a few weeks utilizing this system.

“After performing some due diligence, I received in direct contact with Dr Konstantinova who agreed to deal with me. Sadly, COVID restrictions made this tough. However I managed to discover a practitioner not removed from me who already makes use of NCTF 135 as a beauty therapy for wrinkles. The practitioner, a registered nurse, working in an aesthetics clinic, was unaware of the vitiligo trial. However, after liaising with the NCTF 135 producer and Dr Konstantinova, a 5 week course of therapy was organized.

“The method is kind of easy and easy. The answer, which is all pure natural compounds, is injected slightly below the floor, a little bit papule is created and the answer dissipates. It’s very fast, though the time it takes depends upon how a lot vitiligo you might be treating.”

After three weekly periods, PK discovered a small quantity of color got here again on one among his fingertips, not as freckles, however extra like a fair wash of color. This was not a spectacular consequence. However it was encouraging, provided that he had chosen to limit the therapy to patches that had by no means responded to every other remedy. Nonetheless, a small patch of vitiligo additionally appeared in a brand new space and he determined to not full the course.

How PK grew to become a ‘vitiligo pupil’

Simply earlier than he started his Lifeless Sea therapy, PK had began a brand new relationship and subsequently grew to become a father. Throughout this time, he was much less involved about his vitiligo. Nonetheless, when the connection ended he threw himself into researching all the pieces vitiligo-related that he may discover. At the moment, he tells me, he would spend actually hours at a time, 5 to 6 days per week, gathering info. And, whereas he spends much less time on it now, it’s clear to me that the entire topic nonetheless holds a really private fascination for him.

“That is how I’ve come to know a lot concerning the newest analysis,” he explains. “I additionally discovered varied success tales, together with your web site, which I discovered very useful and informative. I’ve learn each phrase of your website and lots of others. The method of researching and studying has been fulfilling and, after all, informative.”

In addition to studying all the pieces he may discover on-line, PK additionally took an curiosity in social media and vitiligo boards.

“I joined a vitiligo Fb group and am alarmed at how little some folks find out about their situation… Particularly that some suppose there may be nothing that may be executed. I try to make different members extra conscious of the truth that there actually are efficient choices.”

Digestion and eating regimen

PK counts himself lucky to have had nice assist from his native GP apply. Particularly, they have been useful in arranging varied checks to see if he had every other points that could be associated to his vitiligo. He had a full blood rely executed and his liver and thyroid operate checked. The outcomes have been all throughout the regular vary. Nonetheless, they did uncover Helicobacter Pylori (a.ok.a. H Pylori), a bacterial an infection of the abdomen that appears to be a extra frequent challenge for folks with autoimmune circumstances than these with out. And, despite curing the an infection, he nonetheless typically suffers with “burpy” digestive signs and bloating, which trigger him to marvel if he nonetheless has some unresolved digestive downside.

“I’m conscious that low abdomen acid may cause malabsorption of vitamins”, he tells me, “so that could be my root trigger.  I count on that one other 3-6 months [of taking gastric-acid-boosting supplements] will inform if that is so.”  

“My eating regimen is rather a lot cleaner”, he says. “I’m primarily, although not completely, plant based mostly. The primary cause being the antibiotics / hormones / poor high quality feed they provide animals. I’m going natural the place I can in relation to fruit and veg and customarily solely eat meat exterior my dwelling, for instance if I’m going to a restaurant. I cook dinner most of my very own meals so I do know what I’m placing in my mouth.”

PK’s ideas

Based mostly on his personal experiences, PK recommends, as a place to begin, having all of the related checks which might be out there out of your physician e.g. bloods, liver, thyroid and so on., earlier than transferring on to various therapies or practitioners.

Once I ask PK concerning the security implications of his trial and error strategy to vitiligo remedies, he replies, “Once I was younger, I used to be much less frightened in all probability as a result of I used to be much less knowledgeable about any issues of safety and extremely aware of how my vitiligo appeared. Now I’m older, I’d give extra thought to issues of safety and analysis as a lot as I may. My journey began when there was no web. I’d advise anybody these days to analysis as a lot as they will and do their very own due diligence.”

He’s the primary to confess that he has not discovered the holy grail of vitiligo remedies. However he has had vital outcomes from a number of of these he has tried… Primarily narrowband UVb, ‘Lifeless Sea therapy’ and varied topical steroids. And he has discovered that, by repeating upkeep programs of those on a reasonably common foundation, he has been in a position to preserve many of the positive aspects that he has made.

Taking duty

Creating the situation at a time when info and choices for vitiligo sufferers have been scarce, he finally discovered that taking duty for his personal well being was his greatest path to discovering the solutions he was on the lookout for. His ongoing search demonstrates the ability of information and self-determination. And his successes alongside the way in which present that being proactive about your vitiligo may give you extra management over your situation than you’ll have thought doable.


Listening to PK’s story makes me realise how comparatively few therapies I needed to strive earlier than discovering one which labored for me. Nonetheless, I didn’t discover it till fairly late on in life. So that you couldn’t precisely name it an in a single day success.

One tip I’d add on this topic, from my very own expertise, is that the majority therapies take time to supply outcomes. The size of time depends upon the kind of therapy and on the person. Some persons are fortunate sufficient to see seen outcomes from a given therapy inside a matter of weeks. However it’s extra doubtless you would wish to permit something from three to 12 months earlier than you possibly can know if a remedy goes to be just right for you.

Lastly, I want to thank PK for taking the time to share his experiences with me and to emphasize, on behalf of us each, that making an attempt out completely different therapies is one thing it is best to solely do after applicable due diligence and, within the case of prescribed drugs, solely underneath certified skilled recommendation.

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