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Vitiligo

July 24, 2013 11:30 am
by: gerri

 

Michael Jackson Sings,

“It Don’t Matter If You’re Black Or White”

Photo taken at the Kahala Hilton Hotel, late January 1988 - Michael Jackson signing an autograph Photo by Alan Light, 1988

Photo taken by Alan Light

Many of you that are suffering from a skin condition called vitiligo, will have great understanding of the roller coast of emotions endured whilst your skin changes uncontrollably before your eyes. Some of my clients recall that they felt an itchy rash with an area of pigment missing from their skin or around a mole. This was to be their first sign of diagnosed vitiligo.

I find myself writing this article about vitiligo, because it seems to me that the psycho social aspect of the condition goes unnoticed. Such a condition as vitiligo you cannot begin to imagine how it can isolate you from the rest of the world, combined with the social stigmas attached to it by some parts of the world. More people need to be aware of and recognise that vitiligo is not catching and that anybody from all racial backgrounds and societies can become a sufferer.

What is vitiligo?

Vitiligo is a condition that de-pigments areas of skin on the face and body. Vitiligo equally affects men, women and children of all races and nationalities. Approximately 1% -2% of the world’s population is affected by vitiligo. Here in the UK, it is 1 person in every 100. It ranges to very small patches of missing pigment around the eyes, mouth, ears and hands to large areas on the torso and the limbs. Melanocytes are the cells in the skin that create colour in our pigment. Should these cells die and are not replaced then no further pigment is produced to colour the skin. It is often concentrated around moist areas and folds of the skin and areas of the body and limbs.

Any signs of missing pigment on the body should not be ignored. Many of you that are suffering from a skin condition called vitiligo, will have great understanding of the roller coast of emotions endured whilst your skin changes uncontrollably before your eyes. Some of my clients recall that they felt an itchy rash with an area of pigment missing from their skin or around a mole. This was to be their first sign of diagnosed vitiligo. We can sometimes experience missing pigment if we have had an accident that has taken several top layers of the skin. In some cases, skin conditions such as eczema can leave white patches of skin, or even sun damage. Many of my clients felt that their vitiligo was triggered after a very stressful period in their life.

Vitiligo circling a mole

Nobody actually really knows what triggers such an aggressive skin condition. Aggressive being such a strong word, but consider the hopelessness, as you awake every morning to see yet another patch of pigment missing from your skin. Every morning you wake up closely scrutinize every centimetre of your skin to see if any colour has returned, only to find that more has been removed. If it was the stress that may have caused this condition in the first place, then straight away the odds are against you.

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Generalised vitiligo is most common and will show in all areas scattered around the body. Focal vitiligo often occurs in childhood in one or two macules located in one area of the body.

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Acrofacial vitiligo is concentrated around the fingers, feet and face and mucosal vitiligo will de- pigment the mucous membrane. The speed of de-pigmentation will vary with vitiligo, but in some cases some patients are affected by as much as 70% loss of pigment to their skin, termed as vitiligo universalis. It is at this stage that some patients are faced with deciding to have treatment to completely de-pigment the remaining areas.

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What can also occur with vitiligo is hyper-pigmentation, which is the opposite of hypo-pigmentation or de-pigmenting of the skin’s cells. Hyper-pigmentation is when the skin will over pigment revealing darkened areas that circulate the lightened patches of the skin with de-pigmenting vitiligo.

You may recall the debate of Michael Jackson and his skin slowly losing it’s colour and tone over the years, where it had been speculated that he himself suffered from vitiligo universalis, and upon his death, tubes of skin lightening creams associated with vitiligo were discovered in his home. Whilst it is being said that Michael Jackson was diagnosed with vitiligo universalis, it is recognised that the option to de-pigment any remaining pigmented areas using skin lightening creams are sometimes prescribed to achieve this. Other celebrities such as Beyonce Knowles are in the limelight with what appears on camera to be a disappearing act of her natural golden mocha brown skin tone, turning into an evenly toned creamed honey beige. Dr Sunil Chopra, co-founder of the London Dermatology Centre comments on the Daily Mail Online on what types of creams are used for lightening the skin. Dr Chopra states: “The most effective skin-lightening agents are hydroquinone and kojic acid, creams which patients apply to the skin. ….But it cannot be used over the whole body. It is very unlikely she has had her skin bleached in this way.”

vitiligo universalisAt Take Cover Skin System, I have had some of my clients tell me their thoughts, feelings and frustrations associated to vitiligo and what it is they would do when they are faced with such a decision of completely de-pigmenting. For one of my client’s who is of Asian origin, the conflict of having two different tones to contend with is what distresses him the most, and whilst rapidly losing his golden brown pigment, he would rather go totally ‘white’. Another client of African origin felt that she could not face being totally ‘white’, so would move to another country and recreate her identity as a ‘white’ person.

It may be with some relief that a durable skin coverage solution has given them an option to consider maintaining their skin tone, whilst being treated, by reinstating a colour that matches their fast fading pigment. Treatment strategies are an important aspect to dealing with all skin conditions due to the quality of life for a skin condition such as vitiligo. A therapeutic approach for both medical and aesthetic solutions has been proven to lower the anxiety levels in a patient with such conditions, which has led the patient to manage their lives more effectively with increased confidence levels and social events.

If vitiligo impacts on your life, confidence and self esteem, then GPs, dermatologists, vitiligo society, and skin coverage consultants may offer valuable support on how to manage and treat your condition so that you can continue your day to day life comfortably.

For more information on how we can help, just call and speak to me directly on 07961 755336 or send an email to info@takecoverskinsystem.co.uk

 

Recell Spray on Skin

September 26, 2011 12:46 pm
by: gerri

 

Permanent skin coverage with Recell© Spray on Skin

 

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Take Cover Skin System can now offer you real skin with recell© Spray on Skin, a stand-alone, cell harvesting kit that can produce new cells, collagen and pigmentation to give you an improved appearance of scarring, pigmentation  or burns.  Recell© is a permanent solution for skin coverage and a really  simple procedure that gives you even better results for a naturally enhanced appearance to your scars and blemishes.

Take Cover Skin System use Recell© Spray on Skin to treat the following skin conditions:

Acne Scarring, Wrinkles, uneven skin tone (hyper and hypo pigmentation),Vitiligo, tummy tuck scars, scars due to cancer surgery, accidents or self harm.

Before  Recell© procedure

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A consultation is necessary with our consultant who is a qualified doctor to determine whether Recell © procedure is suitable for the area you wish to treat.

The Recell© procedure

With a thin 2×2 biopsy of your skin cells removed from a location close to the skin you wish to treat, the skin cells are harvested using the kit that provides everything required for the procedure. The area is first treated with a dermaroller to obtain pin prick bleeding to the surface of the skin. Twenty minutes later the suspension of skin cells are sprayed or dripped onto the treated area  and dressed accordingly.

Results after Recell© procedure

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The results after treatment are significantly reduced unwanted scars and blemishes with a gradual build up of newly formed pigmented cells.

The benefits of using Recell© Spray on Skin

The new skin blends in with the surrounding area
The treatment can be used on all skin tones
Allows large coverage up to 320cm²

FAQs

How long does it take for Recell© procedure  to heal?

You will see the first layer of skin within 7 days

 How soon will I see improved results after treatment with Recell©?

After 4-6 weeks you will start to see the skin colour forming with a gradual build up over the next few months.

For more details or to speak to a consultant for Recell© procedure please contact Take Cover Skin System  or call 07961 755336.

 

 

Maverick TV Productions

February 7, 2011 11:15 am
by: gerri

 

IS THERE SOMETHING ABOUT YOUR BODY THAT YOU WOULD DO ANYTHING TO CHANGE?

ARE YOU AFRAID OF REVEALING IT TO YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS?

Do you want to do something about it?

Maverick Television are looking for people for the next series of the medical show called “My Naked Secret”.

From birthmarks to male breasts, extreme body hair to scarring, or any other condition you are hiding under your clothes or make-up.

If you’d like to be considered for consultation, advice and possible treatment of your secret body issue please get in touch.

 Send an email to info@takecoverskinsystem.co.uk  or call 07961 755336 for further information.