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Living With Vitiligo

  • Does exposure to sunlight make vitiligo worse?

    Possibly. We need some exposure to sunlight to keep healthy; it is our main source of Vitamin D. However, people with vitiligo are usually vulnerable to sunburn because their white skin patches have no natural protection against the sun's rays. Not only is sunburn painful, but it might stimulate the vitiligo to spread in some people. Sunburn also increases the risk of skin cancer.

     

    More information on suncare is available HERE

     

  • Should I take any precautions to protect my skin?

    Yes, you should take precautions to protect your skin from sunlight. People with vitiligo are usually vulnerable to sunburn because their white skin patches have no natural protection against the sun's rays.

    If vitiligo skin is not protected, it is highly likely to burn quickly. The areas most at risk are those where the skin is thinnest, for example eyelids, nose, neck and the backs of the hands. Not only is sunburn painful, but it might stimulate the vitiligo to spread in some people. Sunburn also increases the risk of skin cancer.

    You need to:

    • Use an effective sunblock or sunscreen product, with UVA protection of at least 4 stars and a Skin Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 30.
    • Wear suitable clothing, ie long sleeves, sunhat and sunglasses, to protect yourself.

    More information on suncare is available HERE

     

  • What can I do to hide the patches?

    You can use skin camouflage or fake tan products. You can apply these products yourself, but there are independent organisations which can help you find the right products for your skin and teach you how to use them effectively.

     

    More information on skin camouflage is available HERE

     

    More information on fake tans and other products is available HERE