Vitiligo is a skin condition that causes skin to lose its pigment, resulting in white patches on the face and body.
Vitiligo occurs when melanocytes—our skin’s pigment-producing cells—die or cease to function properly. Nobody is completely sure why some people get vitiligo and others do not, but the autoimmune system, heredity and traumatic events (like stress, chemical exposure or even a bad sunburn) are all factors that may contribute.
Fortunately, there are many different treatment options for vitiligo. One exciting new option is home phototherapy. Phototherapy is an increasingly popular treatment that people can self-administer under the direction of a physician. Using a handheld, portable and affordable device, narrowband UVB rays help stimulate melanocytes, giving skin cells a chance to repigment.
Phototherapy is a unique treatment option that is easy and convenient. There are also many creative ways to cover vitiligo patches while undergoing treatment. Here are some of the most popular strategies:
Buy Makeup Products Formulated for People with Vitiligo
To truly blend white splotches from vitiligo with your skin, you may need to invest in cosmetics that have been properly formulated for people with vitiligo. These products are made to look natural, and are available in a wide variety of skin tones.
Try to buy a shade that’s as close of a match as possible to your original skin tone. Your dermatologist will likely be able to assist you in selecting a shade, and may even recommend you try a favorite brand. You can try to order a few different shades and experiment with creating your own blend to get the best results.
Prep Your Skin for Vitiligo Makeup
To ensure skin stays healthy, clean and receptive to makeup, you’ll want to make sure that your skin has been cleaned prior to applying any product. Washing your face and body with a gentle and effective cleanser and using a clean towel to dry yourself will prep your skin for makeup.
If you have dry, sensitive or itchy skin, you’ll want to moisturize your face as soon as you wash and dry it. Your dermatologist can help you pick out a moisturizer that’s best for your skin.
Use Multiple Kinds of Makeup for Vitiligo
You should apply your foundation in a few thin layers in order to build up coverage that looks natural. Use your fingers, a makeup sponge or a brush for application and make sure that whatever you choose to work with is clean and dry. Begin by applying makeup in the middle of a depigmented area, and work your way out from there, extending coverage a tad beyond the end of the white spot to improve blending.
You’ll want to let each layer of foundation dry for several minutes before applying the next.
When you are done, use a brush to apply the powder that came with your vitiligo makeup to finish the process. Powder will set the foundation and give your skin an even look.
There are many tips and tricks for camouflaging vitiligo. With the help of at-home phototherapy and makeup, vitiligo patches can be as prominent or understated as you want them to be – it’s all up to you.