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“I am 99% re-pigmented”

I had sent an email to my previous customers of Vitiligo Cover asking if they would like to submit a story, for my book, about their experience with their vitiligo. This is an email I received last month from a man in Yucatan, Mexico. He also happens to have been my very first online customer when I was selling Vitiligo Cover Lotion. He first wrote to me 3 years ago to let me know that he was so happy with the results from the cover lotion because he could finally go to the beach.

Well, 3 years later, he wrote me again and now he is even happier…

p.s. english is not his native language.

email #1

hi nathalie,

i been doin a treatment and i am about to 100% repigment.

i am so happy but i could write a story about the drug abuse i fell in while havin vitiligo and about the loss of 6 years since i didn’t want to go school etc…

o btw i am 23 year old. i get vitiligo at 16 and heal at 23.
in 4 months i repigment the 90 % of lost pigment.

I wrote him back inquiring what he did for the re-pigmenting…

email #2

tx for the interest and its really hard to explain how hapy i am, probably as hard as it is to explain to people witout vititligo how hard is to deal with the condition… but i still live with the fear of its come back :( but the last thing that dies is the hope :D.

the treatment was:

i used flaxseed oil
fish oil (omega 3)
vitamin b injections
multi-vitamin (centrum)
green tea (as much as i can drink)
vitamin e
i drink beet juice also.
shark cartilage

i also work out (lift weights)
and i do cardio vascular exercice everyday (spinning or box or go out to run, etc)

since i start to work out i start a diet which was based on eating only healthy stuff.
(no fat, no trash food, only clean chicken meat ) i also eat protein which some ppl think it help the body to asimilate all the other stuff (some ppl with vitiligo eat keffir for that) i start using it cause its a very well known suplement in the body builders world.

i also start a puva treathment twice a week using oxioralen pills on it.

i think the combintation of all of these help me.

the difference on quality of life is incredible. i wish everyone with vitiligo could feel it.

ill be waitin for your mail, the best of luck 😀

Black Pepper May Help Vitiligo

Black pepper could lead to better treatments for a disfiguring skin condition that affects about 1 percent of the world’s population, British researchers said on Thursday.

A team at King’s College London showed in a study of mice that piperine — the compound that gives black pepper its spicy, pungent flavor — and its synthetic derivatives helped stimulate pigmentation in the skin of people with vitiligo.

Piperine was particularly effective when combined with phototherapy treatment using ultraviolet radiation, the researchers said in a study to be published in the British Journal of Dermatology.

“We have shown that topical treatment with piperine stimulates even pigmentation in the skin,” Antony Young, a photobiologist at King’s College who worked on the study, said in a statement.

“This provides support for the future clinical evaluation of piperine and its derivatives as novel treatments for vitiligo.”

The disease, to which pop star Michael Jackson has in the past attributed his gradual skin whitening, destroys the melanin which gives skin its color. Melanin protects from ultraviolet rays so victims run a much higher risk of skin cancer.

Vitiligo is of particular concern in people with darker skins, the researchers said.

Current treatments include steroids applied to patchy skin and phototherapy. But many people do not respond to hormones and phototherapy can raise the risk of skin cancer, the researchers said.

The team compared the effects of piperine and its derivatives when applied to the skin of mice either alone or followed by radiation treatment.

They found that when used alone the compounds stimulated pigmentation to an even, light brown color within six weeks. When boosted by radiation, the treatment led to even darker skin in about the same period of time.

© 2008 Reuters.