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Vitiligo Camouflage Treatment
70 million worldwide have vitiligo regardless of race, gender, and ethnicity. The global presence of vitiligo ranges from 0.5% to 2% of the population. Are you suffering from vitiligo? You don’t need to worry as it isn’t a contagious or deadly disease. However, it can be a major aesthetic concern, mainly for dark-skinned people. It may affect your mind and lower your confidence in mixing up with people, which deteriorates your social life. With our skin camouflage treatment at CNF in Bengaluru, you can conceal your vitiligo patches to look and feel better than before. Our doctor checks your vitiligo condition and performs this quick and non-invasive treatment to remove the unwanted patches.
The Science Behind Skin Pigmentation
Your skin’s epidermal units produce and distribute melanin, a process known as melanogenesis . Epidermal units are made of melanocytes, which the closed paracrine system controls. Melanin content determines the color of your skin, eyes, and hair, and affects photo protection because of its capability to absorb UVR. Constitutive pigmentation affects the genetic melanin level, which can be changed by either intrinsic or extrinsic factors. Pigmentation can occur because of various dermatoses that are acquired, congenital, temporary, permanent, skin-restricted, or systemic. The melanin pigment granules in the melanosome are made of the
amino acid tyrosine, which gets converted into dopamine and L-dopa via the enzyme tyrosine actions. The combination of pheomelanin and eumelanin, the two pigments, determines your complexion.
Types and Causes:
Vitiligo is a skin disease because of which your skin loses its natural color/pigment. Your skin gets lighter than your natural complexion and may even get white. Skin portions are called patches if they are broader than 1 cm or macules if they are less wide than 1 cm. Your hair may get silver or white if vitiligo occurs on any hairy body parts. Vitiligo occurs when your immune system damages melanocytes, skin cells producing melanin, the pigment, which gives color to your skin.
Types of Vitiligo
Here are the different types of vitiligo that may occur on your skin:
It is the most common kind of vitiligo which develops macules on various body parts.
Segmental vitiligo occurs on a single side or portion of your body, such as the face and hands.
It is a rare type of vitiligo in which macules occur in a small portion and don’t expand in a
specific pattern in 1 or 2 years.
By the name you can understand, that it occurs on the mucous membranes of the mouth and/or
Trichome vitiligo creates a bullseye with a colorless/white middle portion, surrounded by a lighter pigmented area and then a portion of your natural complexion. Universal This type of vitiligo causes most of your skin to not have pigmentation.
Causes of Vitiligo
Here are the key causes of vitiligo:
Lacking melanin, the pigment in your skin causes vitiligo for unknown reasons
Over-Reactive Immune System.
Your body’s immune system assumes melanocytes, the healthy cells, as foreign elements since they can attack your body. As a result, your immune system overreacts, which builds antibodies to damage the melanocytes.
The level of melanin production changes if you frequently experience heavy physical or emotional stress, mainly an injury.
Factors, such as toxic chemicals and UV ray exposure can affect the functionalities of melanocytes, and cause vitiligo.
Genetic or DNA changes in your body may change the melanocytes; functionalities. More than 30 genes inside your body may increase your risk of getting vitiligo.
Vitiligo Camouflage Treatment:
Camouflage comes from Camoufler a French word, which means veiling or blinding. It acts as a protective concealment by disguising objects in normal view with the intent to conceal them from something. This remedy works as the art to conceal scars/blemishes and discoloration caused due to vitiligo by applying advanced camouflage creams that blend well with the surrounding skin color.
Earlier, the vitiligo treatment options were delivering partial outcomes. The patients had to use concealment practices, such as applying camouflage makeup, wearing covering clothes, and performing bodily movements, like keeping hands inside their pockets Now, camouflage treatment can hide your discoloration, and enhance your overall appearance, which boosts your confidence. The treatment can be permanent or temporary. Our treatment delivers semi-permanent results, which last for up to 2 years.
Permanent Camouflage Techniques.
Permanent camouflage is performed with cosmetic tattoos, which are FeO (Iron Oxide) and are of 15+ shades.
Here are the different tattoo pigments:
- Dark Brown: Iron Oxide
- Light Brown: Iron Oxide
- Camel Yellow: Iron Oxide
- Black: Iron Oxide
- White: Titanium Dioxide
- Red: Mercuric Sulphate and Cinnabar
- Yellow: Cadmium Sulfate
We implant the right colored pigment into your dermal layer using advanced techniques so it does well quickly. You get extremely satisfactory results when we do this on your facial small portions, such as dorsal hands and perioral area. The vitiligo skin issues get more easily treated in dark-skinned people than people with fair complexion. Our doctor has the required skills to fully match the tattoo color with the color of your surrounding skin portion. The tattoo color naturally fades over time, however, periodic maintenance can extend its stay to 5 years. We follow all safety protocols and implement techniques, such as instrument autoclaving and sonic cleaning, to minimize the risk of transmitting diseases, such as HIV infection and viral hepatitis. You may experience mild photo-allergic reactions after the treatment.
Application Techniques for a Natural Look.
Here are the steps involved in our semi-permanent vitiligo camouflage treatment to give you a
- Clean your skin properly
- Select a make-up base matching with your natural skin tone
- Mix it with other colors to match your complexion
- Apply the mixed cream from your blemish's thin coat and blend it in your natural skin
- Set the cream by waiting for approximately 5 minutes
- Press the translucent loose powder on the top of the applied foundation using cotton
- Apply repeated thin layers (if required) to fully cover the patches
- Wait for an hour for the color to sit on your skin and get waterproof and smudge-resistant so it doesn’t wash off easily.
Sign Up for a Free Consultation
Do you want to get rid of the patches on your skin caused due to vitiligo? Sign up for a free consultation with our expert to conceal the patches and blemishes with our vitiligo camouflage treatment. At CNF in Bengaluru, our doctor checks your vitiligo condition and performs the camouflage treatment as required to deliver the desired results.
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Frequently Asked Questions on Vitiligo camouflage Treatment
When it comes to treating vitiligo, you have various effective temporary camouflage options, such as medications, therapies, and surgeries, which work depending on your affected skin portion and age. Medicines and light-based therapies can reduce the appearance of patches, even out skin tone, and restore the natural complexion. Certain drugs when used with light therapy can restore original skin color. Corticosteroid cream application may restore the original skin color when vitiligo is in the primary stage. Taking corticosteroid pills/injections works for rapidly worsening vitiligo. Phototherapy with a narrow band UVB, mainly when combined with calcineurin/corticosteroids can delay/stop the development of active vitiligo. 2 or 3 sessions in a week can show results in 1 to 3 months. Skin grafting, the surgery of transferring little sections of healthy skin to areas with lost pigment, can remove small patches caused due to vitiligo. Blister grafting is another effective option. Cellular suspension transplant is another solution that shows results in a month. Afamelanotide is a drug that can stimulate the growth of melanocytes. Prostaglandin E2 can restore your skin color when applied as a gel. The herb Ginkgo Biloba, vitamin B12, vitamin C, folic acid, alpha-lipoic acid, and phototherapy can restore your skin tone temporarily.
Proper makeup can always help to conceal the patches on your skin because of vitiligo. However, with the availability of foundations and concealers in various shades, you tend to get confused when choosing the right color for camouflage makeup. Choose green concealers as they can neutralize the redness of patches, blemishes, spots, and pigmentation marks caused due to vitiligo. They can also help in concealing your rashes, scars, and deep acne marks.
Proper makeup can always help to conceal the patches on your skin because of vitiligo.
However, with the availability of foundations and concealers in various shades, you tend to get
confused when choosing the right color for camouflage makeup. Choose green concealers as
they can neutralize the redness of patches, blemishes, spots, and pigmentation marks caused
due to vitiligo. They can also help in concealing your rashes, scars, and deep acne marks.
The spreading of vitiligo may not remove or alter your camouflage tattoo as it doesn’t lighten
color and reduces the production of melanocytes, color-producing cells. Thus, vitiligo doesn’t
The permanent pigment implantation treatments can camouflage vitiligo patches, and conceal
scars. However, the treatments may cause side effects such as scarring, allergies, fading,
fanning, and changing shape and color.