Caroline’s positive mental attitude is contagious. Thank goodness vitiligo is not!
Having vitiligo, not knowing the course of this skin pigmentation disorder, struggling for good vitiligo treatment information can be discouraging. Be inspired by these positive pointers from her vitiligo blog:
If you have vitiligo, don’t put your life on hold. One day more effective treatments will be freely available. But, until then, my advice to everyone looking for vitiligo solutions is:
1. stay cheerful and get on with life; 2. try my protocol (or any other non-risky treatments that have been proven to be effective); 3. support each other, because no one else really knows what it is like to have this condition.
In the FAQs on Recouleur.com, we talk about repigmentation and taking vitamins “Because people are different, this may not happen for everyone. It is still an important part of healing.”
Caroline furthers this “Of course, there are no guarantees with any vitiligo treatment, so I have no idea if the virtually total re-pigmentation I have achieved is possible for everyone. But perhaps my experience will at least offer some encouragement to others who may have given up hope of ever seeing their natural skin colour return. “
New book The Use of Vitamin Therapy for the Treatment of Vitiligo reveals new approach to treating vitiligo
The Use of Vitamin Therapy for the Treatment of Vitiligo is the new book from vitiligo and nutrition specialist Audrey VanStockum. It reveals a minimum of three to six months of vitamin therapy can help to slow vitiligo progression and impart some repigmentation.
Prospect Heights (January 2017) – The newly publishedThe Use of Vitamin Therapy for the Treatment of Vitiligo from acclaimed author Audrey VanStockum is a must for anyone with an interest in vitiligo. The book is ideal as a support for individual sufferers, such as VanStockum herself, and as a tool for dermatologists, general practitioners, dermatology nurses. It’s now available on www.Recouleur.com
The Use of Vitamin Therapy for the Treatment of Vitiligo reveals the ground-breaking Three-Prong Approach™ for treating vitiligo, mobilizing healing to inhibit disease advancement and restore skin pigment using vitamin/nutritional therapy, phototherapy, and topicals. Data suggests a minimum of three to six months of vitamin therapy, with or without phototherapy and topicals, can help slow down vitiligo progression and impart some degree of repigmentation.
Vitiligo is a common, acquired skin pigmentation disorder that can significantly impact quality of life, as VanStockum knows from personal experience. Experts believe oxidative stress plays an important role in the development of vitiligo and causes melanocyte damage, while research shows the underlying mechanisms of vitiligo differ from person to person.
After years of research and hard work, and thanks to support from the National Science Foundation, VanStockum developed a patented vitamin formulation for treating hypopigmentation of the hair and skin (embodied in Recouleur® dietary supplement). Now, she is sharing her findings on how vitamin therapy can slow progression of vitiligo and deliver some degree of repigmentation, with scientific evidence to back it up. She explains, “It has been my life’s work to study the interaction of different vitamins with vitiligo, in order to help all those who suffer from the same skin condition as me. My goal has been to find a safe, viable solution that draws on natural vitamins and minerals in order to inhibit the advance of vitiligo and ideally restore pigment to skin. Vitiligo can have devastating consequences, but there’s a way forward for vitiligo sufferers.”
Written in clear, compassionate language, this book lays out the role vitamins play in managing vitiligo. It draws on a host of studies and scientific findings, dating back to the 1931 case study considered to be the forerunner to vitamin therapy for vitiligo. It explains which vitamins can help vitiligo and why, including photographs demonstrating the effects of vitamin supplementation on repigmentation.
About Recouleur®: Recouleur® is a Chicago based company founded in 2003 dedicated to helping vitiligo patients find supplements that help with their skin condition. They also offer helpful books, camouflage cosmetics, and tips to guide people who struggle with vitiligo. The site is regularly updated with new articles and resources together with the latest and best products and vitiligo supplements.
There is scientific evidence that people with vitiligo are short on vitamin C, vitamin B12, and folic acid. The relationship of vitamin C and folic acid has been reported in dermatological literature, most extensively by Montes, a world-renowned expert on the role of vitamins and nutrition in the treatment of vitiligo. Vitamin C may protect against oxidative destruction caused by reduced folates in the body. Inadequate dietary intake of vitamin C may also lead to folic acid deficiency in people who have folate levels on the low end of normal. Moreover, vitamin C is necessary for complete metabolism of tyrosine, phenylalanine, and dihydroxyphenylalanine, key components of melanin production. Some people have reported depigmenting when taking ultra-high doses of vitamin C, although it is considered unstable as an intentional depigmenting agent. When used at ultra-high dosages, vitamin C interrupts key steps in melanogenesis. It interacts with copper ions at the tyrosinase-active site and inhibits action of the enzyme tyrosinase, thereby decreasing melanin formation. Recouleur® is not formulated with an ultra-high dosage of vitamin C. Rather, it contains 60 mg of vitamin C – 100% of the Daily Value (DV). Supplementing with the recommended DV of vitamin C is particularly important for patients undergoing phototherapy because there is evidence that exposure to UV light depletes vitamin C levels. Furthermore, vitamin C has proven antioxidant properties that limit damage from long-term exposure to UVA and UVB. UVA and UVB phototherapy are commonly used to treat vitiligo. It can be administered through a dermatologist’s office, home phototherapy, or natural sunlight. Vitamins alone or in conjunction with phototherapy (combination therapy for vitiligo) can play a part in vitiligo’s repigmentation. Recouleur® Dietary Supplement contains C, B12, and folic acid making it easier to add to your vitiligo treatment.
In future blogs, we’ll delve into the other vitamins vitiligo sufferers typically lack. Next up: vitamin B12 followed by folic acid.