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I had the same, I’m actually still using the cream every day.
There are all sorts of different strategies for preventing one’s spots from spreading, but they’re not confirmed. Everyone has their own theory & regimen that they will swear works for them, but the problem is that it may not work for you.
That being said, I think you can look into getting UVB Narrowband light therapy. It’s the only proven remedy for stopping your immune system from going on a rampage against your melanin (the skin’s pigment). I myself had vitiligo spots that didn’t budge for over 7 years, but then all of a sudden they began spreading all over the place. The UVB Narrowband stopped it and even re-pigmented the new spots on my face, neck, arms & legs.
I also used Vitamins & steroid creams to stop the spots from spreading, so if you want, you can ask a professional doctor or dermatologist about using those.
Besides vitiligo, one can lose their skin’s pigmentation from skin cancer, third degree burns, sunburn, albinism, and thyroid problems
I’m not sure exactly when I got vitiligo because I was very, very young, but I think I was around 4-5 years old. I don’t remember how they first showed up because as far as I can remember, I’ve always had vitiligo spots on my hands, elbows & knees. I thought it was perfectly normal skin until schoolmates began asking about it, then I started wondering about WHAT exactly were these spots on me. All I have to track their progression are old photos that I barely look at anymore.
As for my more recent spots however, I’ve noticed that some show up gradually, with the skin lightening over weeks or months then fading completely to white. Then there are others that I swear show up fully formed overnight! I have no idea when they popped up, all I know is that one day I glanced at myself in the mirror at an odd angle & there they were haha.
About 1% of the world’s population, or as many as 65 million people, have vitiligo
Nope. There are quite a few other reasons one’s skin can lose its pigment.
Bellow is one of the many recommendations and warnings issued by the American Academy of Dermatology for vitiligo patients:
Do not get a tattoo.
Getting a tattoo can cause something called Keobnerization or the Koebner phenomenon. What this means is when you wound your skin, which getting a tattoo does, a new patch of vitiligo can appear about 10 to 14 days later.
I wish they had this tip back when I was a kid so that my parents would think twice before getting that damn doctor to tattoo over my vitiligo spots in my hands. Then again, back when I got these tattoos the internet was still in its infancy, and it wouldn’t have mattered anyways. Good ol’ dial-up days.
That’s not even my only problem with it, it’s the fact that light tone tattoos can NOT be removed by lasers, since the lasers designed to remove tattoos only work on black inks and more colorful inks such as oranges, blues, and so on. Now I’m stuck with these light tone tattoos, that make it look like I’ve been burned on some spots in both of my hands. It might seem like a good idea at the time, but vitiligo spots ALWAYS grow in time, especially if you’re young, and then you’ll end up with a blotch on your skin. Do NOT get a tattoo to cover up your vitiligo spots.
I see a lot of clinics offering “corrective tattooing” to cover up vitiligo, but keep in mind that vitiligo WILL spread in time, and will spread even faster if you get a tattoo. I’m not sure if those clinics and doctors don’t know about this or if it’s just that they rather turn a blind eye so they can make a buck on people’s desperation.