The past week here in the UK has seen the first of the spring weather. The lambs in the fields where I live are frolicking like playful children, the daffodils are in full bloom and I have already – in mid-March - been sitting out in the warm sunshine without a jacket and with my sleeves rolled up, catching some rays!
I can’t wait for the long days of summer to arrive and for the carefree pleasures of basking in the sun and seeing my skin turn freckled and toasty bronze. This is what motivates me to write my vitiligo blog. I want to pass on my message to others with vitiligo that they should not simply “go home and live with it” as most doctors advise us to do. Their well-meaning advice about staying in the shade and covering up (which I did for the best part of 50 years) is based on an outdated and false assumption that de-pigmented skin is at greater risk of developing a melanoma. Scientists now know that this is the opposite of the truth. Research indicates that vitiligo sufferers are 3 times less likely to develop #SkinCancer than those with normal skin.
Of course, it is true that de-pigmented skin is generally more prone to sunburn but moderate sun exposure is not only a welcome tonic after the long, dismal winter months but it is also a valuable source of vitamin D and a crucial ingredient in most #NaturalVitiligoTreatments. It was one half of the equation in my own successful re-pigmentation (the other half being the correction of long-term nutritional deficiencies). So my advice to anyone suffering with vitiligo and dreading the summer – as I used to do – is to rejoice in the sunshine, be careful not to stay out too long in it but recognise its power to stimulate new pigment. For the nutritional part of my treatment, see my story and take heart in the fact that, if I could re-pigment after almost half a century, then you can too… roll on summer!
My name is Caroline.