If one listens to experts on Vitiligo, one learns that no cure has been found. The ongoing research looks promising but many years of good research need to be completed before a “cure” can be found. Today, there are treatments for Vitiligo that can help with the re-pigmenting of some areas of the body, particularly those areas where we have a reasonable number of hair follicles. We learn that it is at the base of each hair, in the follicle that any remaining melanocytes or pigment cells hang out waiting to excited by creams such as Protopic or Elidel as well as Laser and UVB Narrowband. (UVB311).
When I asked Dr. Ray Boissy, the President Emeritus of the National Vitiligo Foundation and professor/researcher at the University of Cincinnati about UVB Narrow band, he replied.
Repigmentation of vitiligo lesions can occur with UVB treatment. The mechanism underlying this pigmentation response is two-fold.
- UVB Narrowband exposure is mildly immunosuppressive for the skin so that in Vitiligo an autoimmune response that may be occurring against the pigment cell could be suppressed and destruction of the pigment cell could be halted or slowed down.
- UVB NB can promote pigment cell development and movement so that in the Vitiligo lesion where there is no autoimmune response (either normally or after UVB suppression) stem cells for the pigment cells that reside in the hair follicle will be induced to develop and migrate out of the hair follicle and replace those that were lost in the lesion.
“With Vitiligo. How does UVB Narrowband help with repigmentation?“
Occasionally one reads about a CURE – Immediately, I know the person saying this is poorly informed as to the best of my knowledge, there is no “CURE” for Vitiligo and some of the “treatments? work better than others.
The most recent lie that came across my desk is a posting from “Natural Vitiligo Treatment System”. I can’t find an address or phone number to dig further. They do claim to:
- Stop The Spreading of Your Vitiligo Immediately!
- Start Getting Your Skin Color Back In As Little As 4 Days!
- Cure Your Vitiligo Completely and Permanently Within 2 Months!
- Stop Feeling Self-Conscious About Your Vitiligo!
- Feel and Look The Best Ever!
- Total Cure From Vitiligo
- Skin Color 100% Back To Normal
- Improved Overall Health, Mood and Self-Esteem
I would love to hear your comments on this and other “CURES” that you’ve heard of.