It’s been over 4 years since my natural skin colour started to return (thanks to a nutritional approach that I stumbled on more or less by accident) and, even now, new pigment is continuing to appear.
Since 2010, virtually all of my previously white patches have filled in with wave upon wave of freckles, which have joined up and gradually smoothed out into my original skin tone. A few areas are still quite freckled and mottled but the depth of skin tone is continuing to increase and even out year on year, particularly in the summer months when it’s sunny - which, happily has been the case in the UK this year.
The only remaining areas that don't look fully pigmented are my hands and feet, which – whilst they have developed quite a few freckles – have remained very pale and patchy. Hand and feet are notoriously slow to respond to any vitiligo treatments and most doctors will tell you that they very rarely repigment at all. With this in mind, I had more or less begun to think - after 4 years - that maybe the pigment in these areas really was dead and I would have to accept that these would be the only parts of my body that would not achieve full repigmentation. However, much to my delight, I have seen a lot of new freckles appearing this summer (see photos).
So, it just goes to show that it really pays to be patient, especially when it comes to natural treatments. Vitiligo generally develops gradually over an extended period of time (mine took the best part of 50 years to get to the point where it covered about 80% of my body) so it’s not altogether surprising that recovery takes time too.
My name is Caroline.