An acquired skin condition marked by milk white patches surrounded by a darker border, due to local breakdown of melanine-producing mechanisms. It is more common in the tropics and among blacks. Some vitiligo patients have premature white hair. Causes include, malfunction of the thyroid, deficiencies in copper, proteins and vitamins due to poor absorption (lack of hydrochloric acid), drugs such as chloroquine and broad spectrum antibiotics.
Proper nutrition with plenty of vegetables, fruits, fish, olive oil, nuts, whole grains.
PABA, magnesium, pantothenic acid(B5), vitamins B complex, essential fatty acids, primrose oil.
Local application of croton oil (castor oil plant) is used in India. Beware as this substance is toxic and may produce a local congestion causing the skin to turn red or worse complications.