This is a post just to give my past experiences of Vitiligo treatments.
When I was first diagnosed at 13 years old, I was referred to a private dermatologist in Gloucester who told me that Vitiligo was incurable and I would just have to learn to live with it. I then went to a Chinese medicine clinic in Cheltenham which was recommended by a family friend. I was given a natural remedy, and truthfully, I had no clue of the ingredients but it consisted of 24 tablets a day! I took it for six months and needless to say, it had no effect.
My Vitiligo stabilised for a number of years with no obvious new patches appearing but when I turned 18, I decided to look at treatments again. A local Southampton doctor blindly refused to take the condition seriously as he said he “couldn’t see it on me” and argued that “I wasn’t worth treating”. It was only when I showed him medical reports that you are far more likely to control the spread of Vitiligo and re-pigment patches if less than 20% of the body is affected. He finally agreed to give me a steroid cream but the after only 1 months use, Vitiligo patches actually appeared to get bigger so I stopped using it straight away.
At 23 years old, I split from a very volatile 4-year relationship and throughout this time I was under a huge amount of stress. I noticed this seriously affect my Vitiligo, especially on my face. It was only then that I truly decided to investigate this condition in detail and attempt to improve it.
Whilst searching on Google I came across this website written by Eric Fricker. It talks about his search to find a cure for his Daughter’s(Emily) Vitiligo. She suffered from non-segmental Vitiligo and a doctor believed it could be down to nutrient imbalance. Along with supplements, Eric put Emily on a Vegan diet and after a number of months, she started to show re-pigmentation.
This then led me to start looking at my diet and health. I’ve never had a good diet but always been athletic so I’ve stayed slim. I started taking a number of Vitamins each day including Vitamin B12, C, Folic Acid and Milk Thistle. I gave it two or three months and didn’t really see any sign of improvement but I still continue to take Recouleur tablets, purely because it’s easier than taking 10 tablets a day. It may eventually help, as I remember seeing a medical report somewhere that confirmed Vitamin B12 and Folic Acid increase the chances of re-pigmentation within use with UV light (more on UV therapy in another post). I still to this day battle with controlling my diet, I’ve become very educated on importance of eating right from John Robbin’s book May All be Fed: Diet for the New World but being in a job that requires a lot of travel and eating socially both make it challenging to maintain a strict healthy diet. I’m working on it though!