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What is Vitiligo, and How can Compounding Pharmacies Help?

Vitiligo is a skin disease that causes the loss of skin colour. The extent of the colour loss cannot be determined and is unpredictable in most cases. The severity is also unknown, and it could happen anywhere in your body. Vitiligo can happen to anyone, there are no specifications to this disease, and any colour, race or gender may get affected by it. Even some celebrities had this skin disease, and they had to live in the public eye. In this article, we will discuss what is Vitiligo and how compounding pharmacies can help?

Having clear skin is what everybody wants. Even a small pimple can make someone feel a little embarrassed about going into public, and it takes a lot of courage to accept the way you look.

How Does it Occur?

Vitiligo occurs when the cells responsible for producing melanin that determine your hair and skin colour stop working or die. There is no specific skin type on which this skin disease is common, and it can happen to any skin type. It can become a reason for stress, and many feel bad about them after getting this disease. However, it is not a life-threatening disease. The only concern is that it is not curable in most cases. In some cases, it is cured on its own

Treatment of this skin disease may restore affected skin, but there is no guarantee to prevent it for a lifetime or an assurance for its recurrence.

Signs And Symptoms

The main sign of Vitiligo is the loss of skin colour in patches. Usually, the discolouration shows slowly on areas generally exposed to the sun like, hands, feet, face and lips. The most common signs include:

  • Patchy loss of skin colour
  • Premature whitening or graying of the hair on your scalp, eyelashes, eyebrows and beard
  • Loss of colour in the tissues that line inside your mouth and nose.
  • Loss of or change in colour of the inner layer of the eyeball

Vitiligo can start at any age, but it usually happens before the age of 20. It is very hard to predict how this disease may affect you or will it progress or not. Sometimes the patches stop appearing without any treatment. But in most cases, the pigmentation spreads on most of your skin. The skin rarely gets its colour back.


As previously mentioned, it occurs when the pigment-producing cell dies or stops producing the melanin. When this happens, your skin becomes lighter and white. The main causes include:

  • A disorder in which your immune system attacks and destroys the melanocytes in the skin
  • Family history (genetics)
  • A trigger event, such as sunburn, stress or exposure to industrial chemicals

How Can Compounding Help?

If you have contacted your doctor to treat this skin condition with the help of a drug, therapy, or any surgery, keep in mind that it could take a month to judge the effectiveness of the treatment. You may have to try other approaches like compounding, which is a more personalized treatment with fewer side effects. Every patient is different, and the same treatment may not work on two patients even if they are of the same family. Also, compounding pharmacists can formulate Dermatological compounds for you, so you don’t have to take anything orally. The formula can be applied directly to the target area, and it’ll be much more effective.

Final Word

Compounding medications have various benefits. If some medicine is discontinued, your compounding pharmacist can create an alternate for you with the same ingredients. If you are allergic to any ingredient, a compounding pharmacist can easily formulate a medicine that doesn’t carry that specific ingredient.

This way, you can ensure that you are getting a customized treatment that is just for you.

If you want to know more about compounding, you can contact us, and we would be happy to assist you.

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