girl with beautiful skinThe occurrence of white spots on the skin is a condition that is medically referred to as vitiligo. At the onset of this patch formation, the skin starts to exhibit a different shade from the rest of the skin, usually looking a tad bit paler.

This continues for a period of time until the whole patch has a distinct white in color. If the patches are formed on places where the skin has blood vessels beneath it, they are likely to have a pinkish coloration as a result.

It is fascinating to note that in many cases, the patches do not cause discomfort for affected persons, and in instances when they do, the patches are mildly itchy. The real reason for concern for many people affected by white spots is that they are affected socially, particularly if they are darker as the contrast then becomes more obvious.

The causative agent of the white spots is a significant reduction in the amount of melanin produced by the skin, a reaction thought to be the result of an autoimmune disorder. Melanin is the pigment responsible for the skin’s natural color. A decrease in the amounts of this pigment is attributed to the destruction of the melanin-producing cells. Medical intervention is available, but the good news is that there is a wide array of natural remedies that you can use to manage the condition.


1. Ginkgo Biloba:

Time Required: 10 Min
What You Need: Ginkgo biloba capsules and warm water.
Difficulty: Easy

 

Ginkgo biloba is proposed as an effective home remedy for the treatment of white patches on the skin. This is because the herb is rich in antioxidants and is thought to contain certain compounds that regulate the function and response of the immune system. When used regularly over a period of time, ginkgo biloba has been shown to significantly decrease the progress of the disorder while also creating a conducive environment for the introduction of pigmentation on the affected part of the skin.

Note that ginkgo biloba is a potent blood thinner, and must therefore not be used together with other blood thinners and anticoagulants as this could easily worsen the chances of internal bleeding.

Directions:

  1. Take the recommended dosage of the herb (usually amounts between 40 and 80mgs) under the guidance of your doctor.

 


2. Vitamin E Oil:

Time Required: 30 Min
What You Need: Pure Vitamin E oil, cotton wool, and warm water to rinse.
 Difficulty: Easy

 

Vitamin E oil is one of the most popular home remedies for a wide array of disorders that affect the skin, and this includes vitiligo which causes the formation of white spots on the skin. The reason for Vitamin E’s popularity is attributed to its ability to rejuvenate the skin while reducing the itching sensation that sometimes accompanies this patch formation. Another benefit of using this oil is that it helps keep the skin remain moisturized. It is also a rather simple home remedy that you can easily incorporate into your daily skin routine.

Directions:

  1. Soak the cotton wool in the pure vitamin E oil before applying it on the affected part of the skin.
  2. Massage gently to allow the skin absorb the oil, usually takes around 20 minutes.
  3. Once the time elapses, rinse the skin using warm water. Repeat this at least twice daily for the best results.

 


3. Raw Ginger:

Time Required: 30 Min
What You Need: A piece of raw ginger. Alternatively, use ginger, clean piece of cloth, red clay, and warm water to rinse.
Difficulty: Easy

 

Raw ginger is an excellent way to manage white spots on the skin. This is because ginger has compounds that greatly improve the flow of blood around the body, inclusive of different parts of the skin affected by the white spots. This improved circulation goes a long way in speeding up the healing process as it helps get rid of toxins. The use of ginger to treat vitiligo since ancient civilizations has also shown that the herb may play an integral role in the production of melanin, the pigment responsible for skin coloration.

Red clay is added to this remedy because it has a high concentration of copper. Copper is an essential requirement for the synthesis of skin pigment, and therefore goes a long way in eliminating the white patches. Note that the use of this remedy is not advised if you suffer from hypertension. There are two methods to use when preparing ginger for vitiligo treatment as indicated below.

Directions:

Use of ginger alone:

  1. Cut a slice of the raw ginger and wash well.
  2. Rub the raw ginger on the affected part of the skin and allow to stay on until the ginger is completely dried. Repeat this remedy twice daily until you start to notice an improvement on the skin.

Use of ginger and red clay topically:

  1. The other alternative to the use of ginger on its own is the addition of red clay. The first step in this method is the extraction of ginger juice. You can do this with ease by chopping the ginger into small pieces.
  2. Place the chopped ginger on a clean piece of cloth and squeeze as hard as you can to release the juice.
  3. Collect the juice in a shallow bowl before mixing it with red clay.
  4. Apply the clay-ginger juice mixture on the white patches of the skin and let the mixture stay on for about half an hour.
  5. Rinse the skin with warm water to get rid of the paste. Use this remedy at least twice daily until you are satisfied with the results.

 


4. Cabbage Juice:

Time Required: 30 Min
What You Need: 3 Fresh cabbage leaves and boiling water.
Difficulty: Easy

 

Cabbage juice has long been used for the treatment of white patches on the skin. This home remedy is a preferred choice because it is not only easy to get, it is also an effective way to get rid of the patches. Regular use of the cabbage juice helps decrease the glaring appearance of the white patches while preventing the formation of patches in future.

Directions:

  1. Take a few of the cabbage leaves and grind using a pestle and mortar so that you have a pulp-like mass of cabbage.
  2. Squeeze the juice from the cabbage pulp and massage it on the affected parts of the skin.
  3. Leave the juice on the skin for about 20 minutes, and repeat this procedure twice in each sitting. Use this remedy thrice daily if you desire good results over a period of time.

 


5. Honey:

Time Required: 30 Min
What You Need: Raw honey and warm water.
Difficulty: Easy

 

Raw honey is a potent antimicrobial, a property that makes it a great choice for the home treatment of white spots on the skin. The advantage that honey has is that it is easily absorbed through the skin pores, in the process eliminating any potential infection-causing microbes. This way, the honey also enhances the healing of the affected part of the skin. This is a quick remedy which you can easily add to your daily skin care routine as honey is also a humectant. A humectant is a compound which enhances the retention of water, and as such, honey is a super easy way to keep the skin moisturized.

Directions:

  1. First clean the affected part of the skin with warm water in order to eliminate any topical microbes.
  2. Pat dry the skin using a soft towel and proceed to slather general amounts of honey on the white spots.
  3. Allow the honey to settle on the skin for about half an hour before rinsing off with warm water. Use this remedy daily until you notice an improvement in the appearance of the white patches.

 


 6. Sandalwood Powder:

Time Required: 30 Min
What You Need: Sandalwood powder (the amount used will vary depending on the extent of the white spots on the skin), honey, and warm water.
Difficulty: Easy

 

If you are looking for a home made paste that you can apply on the skin to treat white spots on the skin, look no further than sandalwood powder and honey mixture. Sandalwood works for individuals suffering from vitiligo because it provides natural protection for the skin. In fact, regular use of this powder using the directions outlined below goes a long way in removing the white skin patches. Honey is added to this remedy for its moisturizing properties and its ability to get rid of infection-causing microbes.

Directions:

  1. Scoop a tablespoon of sandalwood powder to start with, and transfer it to a bowl.
  2. Add just enough honey to the powder in order to create a paste for topical application.
  3. Apply the paste on the part of the skin with the white spots and leave the mixture for about half an hour. This allows maximum absorption of the two. Use this remedy twice daily for several months until you notice the white spots reducing.

 


7. Apple Cider Vinegar:

Time Required: 30 Min
What You Need: 2 Tablespoons of raw apple cider vinegar, cotton ball, warm water, soap, and a soft towel.
Difficulty: Easy

 

Apple cider vinegar (abbreviated here as ACV) is used as a home remedy for the natural treatment of white spots on the skin. It is especially effective if the white patches are the result of a fungal infection because ACV has excellent anti-fungal properties. In addition to this, its acidic nature goes a long way in rejuvenating the skin and enhancing the healing of the white patches.

Directions:

  1. Prior to the application of this remedy, it is important that you use soapy water to clean and dry the skin simply because fungi thrives in moist areas of the skin.
  2. Soak the cotton wool in the ACV and use to massage the affected part of the skin.
  3. Let the solution remain on the skin for half an hour before rinsing with water. Repeat this remedy everyday for a couple of weeks until the infection clears.

 


 8. Mustard Oil and Turmeric Paste:

Time Required: 30 Min
What You Need: Turmeric powder, mustard oil, and cotton wool. Use gloves to prevent discoloration.
Difficulty: Easy

 

In cases where the white spots on the skin are the result of a fungal infection, one of the best home remedies for dealing with this condition is the application of a paste containing turmeric and mustard oil. Turmeric not only helps reduce inflammation and itchiness, it is also an excellent anti-fungal when applied on the skin. Mustard oil on the other hand, not only provides a carrier for the powder’, it also possesses great healing powers that speed up the process of recovery.

Directions:

  1. Place the turmeric on a bowl and add the mustard oil bit by bit until you have a paste with your desired consistency.
  2. Use the cotton wool to apply the paste on the affected skin.
  3. Let the paste remain on the skin for about 20 minutes before rinsing off. Use this remedy until you notice that the white spots have decreased in size and increased pigmentation.

 


9. Radish Seeds:

Time Required: 30 Min
What You Need: Radish seeds, pestle and mortar, 1 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, and warm water. Radish leaves may be used in the absence of the seeds.
Difficulty: Easy

 

When it comes to the home treatment of various skin conditions, radish seeds are considered an ideal choice because they help the skin produce new cells while eliminating dead skin cells. This not only makes it possible to improve pigmentation on the white spots of the skin, it also speeds up the process of healing. As a result, regular use of the seeds makes for an effective remedy in the treatment of this condition. Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is added to the remedy for the aforementioned benefits.

Directions:

  1. Pound the seeds using the pestle and mortar until you have a coarse powder.
  2. Take the apple cider vinegar and dilute it using the ratio 1:1. This is done to prevent possible irritation of the skin.
  3. Now add the dilute ACV to the radish seeds powder and mix to create a paste.
  4. Apply the paste on the skin and wash it off after half an hour. Use this remedy twice daily for best results.

 


Copper has also been shown to be an effective remedy in the home treatment of white spots on the skin. These benefits are attributed to the fact that copper is a prerequisite for the action of an enzyme known as tyrosinase. Tyrosinase plays a key role in the manufacture of melanin (skin pigment) from the amino acid tyrosine. Neem extracts may also be used to treat white spots on the skin as they have been shown to be effective in addressing autoimmune conditions.

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