It seems that press rumours of a cure for age-related greying of the hair were somewhat exaggerated. However, the research that triggered them is still good news for anyone with vitiigo.
It doesn't take much googling on the subject of vitiligo research to find mounting evidence that vitiligo sufferers have increased levels of hydrogen peroxide in their skin. A person in normal health is able to break hydrogen peroxide down into water and oxygen, thanks to a naturally occurring enzyme called catalase. But for some reason people with vitiligo produce insufficient levels of catalase to combat the bleaching effects of hydrogen peroxide. This bleaching effect is what causes skin and hair to lose pigment in irregular, and usually gradually-spreading, patches.
For those of us who have heard about the use of pseudocatalase in the treatment of vitiligo, but never really understood what it was, this makes perfect sense. The idea of pseudocatalase and UVB as a treatment is a) to raise levels of catalase in the skin whilst b) stimulating the skin with UV light to produce pigment.
I have never had pseudocatalase treatment, as such, but I'm beginning to understand now a little of the science behind how and why I have re-pigmented using certain nutritional supplements plus sun exposure. The green superfood blend that I use, "Five a Day+", contains catalase, as well as other free-radical fighters including superoxide dismutase (SOD) with catalase and the "Boost" capsules contain a number of minerals - including copper and zinc - which are known to promote the body's ability to create catalase.
Until I started to read up on the subject, my recovery was a mystery (it seemed like a miracle to me - which in a way it is!). But now the pieces of the jigsaw are starting to fall into place.
A vitiligo blogger since 2011. My name is Caroline. I had vitiligo for nearly 50 years before finding an effective treatment. I created this blog to share my experiences with others affected by this skin condition.