As with any skin type, having a proper regimen is integral to keep your skin healthy. If you live with vitiligo, perhaps even more so. If you’re wondering how to build a routine fit for your skin – and your spots – here are a few basics to keep in mind.
Do consult your dermatologist
As a first step, be sure to consult your dermatologist so he or she can guide you in creating a regimen tailored for your skin. If you’re considering treatment for your spots, a best first step would be to see a vitiligo specialist who is up-to-date on the latest developments. Depending on your individual circumstances, a specialist can help determine the best course of treatment for you. It’s important not to experiment with treatments on your own.
Do stay hydrated
Previously on Living Dappled, master aesthetician Crystal Wellman noted that getting a humidifier is the best thing you can do to keep your skin hydrated during the cold weather. Humidifiers add moisture back to dry air, which consequently provides more moisture to your skin. If you live in a warmer climate, adding hydrating products to your routine may suffice. Choose products that contain hyaluronic acid, which is one of the best hydrating ingredients out there. And of course, increasing your water intake is never a bad idea. The age-old “at least eight glasses a day” rule of thumb applies.
Do prioritize protection
A little SPF is important for all skin types, but it especially important for those with vitiligo. When skin loses its pigment, it also loses a lot of natural protection from ultraviolet light, making it sensitive to sunburn and UV damage. Dermatologist Laurel Naversen Geraghty, MD, recommends a broad spectrum sunscreen that is SPF 45-50 for patients with vitiligo to ensure adequate UVA and UVB protection. When it comes to clothing, look for fabrics with an Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF), the rating given to clothing for broad spectrum protection against rays. Last but not least, don’t forget to wear sunscreen or a moisturizer with sunscreen under makeup.
Do not forget other parts of your skin
Skincare enthusiasts are often guilty of not paying enough attention to the rest of their body, but these do deserve just as much love. For your lips, blogger Jesi Taylor suggests looking for a balm that is free of synthetic fragrances, dyes and preservatives. The same goes for body lotion, which is another useful product to keep in your routine. Better yet, you can go all-natural or organic to make sure it is more suitable for sensitive skin.
Do keep a healthy diet
Skincare doesn’t stop with the external – what you eat plays just as big a part in keeping your skin healthy. According to the Global Vitiligo Foundation, scientific evidence doesn’t support a specific diet for vitiligo. However, since vitiligo is an autoimmune disease, a healthy diet inclusive of a variety of fruits and vegetables can provide good support for the immune system. In addition, screening for vitamin deficiencies can ensure your body is getting the nutrition it needs. Always consult a nutritionist and/or vitiligo specialist before changing your diet.
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Allie Cooper is a digital nomad with a degree in communications. When she’s not working, she enjoys sampling local cuisine, exploring interesting side streets, and watching films.