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Vitiligo and Skin Trauma

Posted by Admin on November 14, 2017 in Treating Vitiligo, Vitiligo Therapy

Trauma to the skin is one of the ‘Triggers’ of the Vitiligo condition. Whilst consulting new patients we found  a link in about 20% of patients between Vitiligo and skin trauma. While this trauma could have been in their early years some patients report that Vitiligo is diagnosed soon after Vitiligo Skin Trauma occurs.

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Whilst consulting new patients we found  a link in about 20% of patients between Vitiligo and skin trauma. While this trauma could have been in their early years some patients report that Vitiligo is diagnosed soon after skin trauma occurs.

Pigmentation producing cells could suffer damaged from sun burnt or laceration cause by cuts, injury, scratching etc. This depigmentation causes the condition known as Vitiligo. Normally it will not spread beyond the area of the injury. And in fact in most cases there is spontaneous recovery when using Vitilox Pigmentation Cream.

If new patches (of Vitiligo) occur at some point later in life, one cannot say that injury was the cause of Vitiligo.

We have noticed over the last few years that many of our patients report experiencing skin damage or trauma at the onset of Vitiligo. Irritants and lacerations and allergies can lead to the onset of Vitiligo.

Skin irritation and allergiesAllergies

An allergy is the reaction of your immune system reacts to a foreign substance such as pollen, bee venom or certain foods. This causes the skin to swell and itch, and results is constant scratching. This scratching damages the skin, and the result may lead to Vitiligo if you are prone to the condition.

Irritants

Irritants commonly found in cleaning products and laundry detergents can be the cause Vitiligo. It can cause red, irritated skin and allergies in people who are susceptible. Ammonia and bleach have a tendency to irritate skin. These chemicals may cause contact dermatitis, which causes scaling, irritation, and sometimes even chemical burns. This contributes to skin trauma  damage which may lead to Vitiligo.

Lacerations to the skin cause VitiligoLacerations

Lacerations of the skin is another cause of Vitiligo.  Swimmers or surfers that cut themselves on coral or other harp objects have greater chances of suffering from Vitiligo. The laceration becomes infected, and healing is slow. The salt carried by the humidity causes the skin to itch, and scratching occurs. The result could be Vitiligo starting in these areas.

Vitiligo and Sun BurnSun Burn

Sun Burn is one of the factors known to trigger Vitiligo. Skin that is exposed to the sun such as hands, face and arms are vulnerable to changes in pigmentation resulting in Vitiligo. It be years after the skin has been overexposed to the sun in early childhood for Vitiligo to occur.  The sun affect highly reactive chemicals in the skin that play a role in triggering the disease in genetically susceptible people.

In conclusion skin trauma causes Vitiligo so protect your skin from the elements.  Sort out for those allergies, and before the scratching begins.  Use gloves and creams to protect your skin from the effects of harmful chemicals. Lacerations are unavoidable but try to prevent infection getting into the wound. Lastly keep yourself well protected from the Sun!

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