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How to Get Rid of White Patches on Skin, Vitiligo

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In medical terms, white patches on the skin are known as vitiligo. This can appear on different body parts including the hands, feet, arms, legs, face, lips, and around the eyes and mouth.

The exact cause of this skin condition is still unknown. Experts believe that it could be an autoimmune disorder in which the immune system itself attacks the melanocytes or melanin-producing cells.

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Other causes that can contribute to this problem are a genetic predisposition, overexposure to sunrays, excessive stress, and vitamin B12 deficiency.

White patches on skin can also be caused by superficial fungal infections like tinea versicolor, eczema, psoriasis, or other skin conditions.

Irrespective of the cause, the problem tends to be embarrassing and could be killing your self confidence. But don’t lose heart as there are some natural remedies that you can try at home to deal with this problem. Moreover, at times it tends to resolve on its own.

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Here are the top 10 ways to get rid of white patches on the skin. Also, consult your doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment.

1. Babchi

Babchi or Psoralea corylifolia is considered an effective Ayurvedic remedy for hypopigmentation. Its active components help reduce white patches on skin. It also has antipsoriatic properties that help treat psoriasis.

  • Soak babchi (also known as bakuchi) seeds in ginger juice for three day. Make sure to replace the ginger juice every day. Then, remove the husks by rubbing the seeds between your hands, dry them in the sun and grind them to a fine powder. Consume one gram or about one-fifth of a teaspoon of this powder with a glass of milk daily for 40 days. You can also apply this power topically.
  • Another option is to apply babchi oil on the affected skin areas and expose to sunlight for about 15 minutes (start with a short duration of sun exposure to check if the response is favorable). You can also use a combination of black seed oil and babchi oil.

2. Ginkgo Biloba

Research indicates that ginkgo biloba can help treat vitiligo because of its antioxidant and immunomodulatory properties. It can help reduce the progression of the disease and also induce repigmentation.

The general dosage is 40 to 80 mg of ginkgo biloba, three times a day. To help determine the proper dosage and suitability of this herb for you, consult your doctor.

3. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil soothes the skin and heals chronic inflammation. It helps in the treatment of vitiligo because it promotes repigmentation of the skin. Plus, it has antifungal and antibacterial benefits.

Simply apply extra-virgin coconut oil on the white patches two to three times a day at least for a few weeks.

4. Ginger

According to Chinese herbalism, ginger can be used as an excellent natural remedy for vitiligo. It improves blood circulation and helps with melanin production.

  • Place a freshly cut slice of ginger root on the affected area. Leave it on until the ginger dries. Do this once or twice daily for a few weeks or until you see improvement.
  • You can also extract the juice from one large ginger root and a handful of fresh mint leaves. Drink it daily for a few weeks.

5. Copper

Copper is believed to help aid in the production of melanin. It is believed that copper is required by the enzyme tyrosinase which in turn is required for the synthesis of melanin pigment from tyrosine.

  1. Pour drinking water in a copper pot or a copper vessel and let it sit overnight at room temperature. (Do not put this water in a refrigerator as it can destroy its properties and make it less effective.)
  2. In the morning, the water will be infused with copper ions that aid the production of melanin.
  3. Drink this water on an empty stomach every morning.

6. Red Clay

Red clay, too, has high copper content that can help restore skin pigment and get rid of white patches.

  1. Mix equal amounts of red clay and ginger juice.
  2. Apply this paste on the affected areas
  3. Leave it on until it dries completely and then wash it off.
  4. Repeat daily for a few months.

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113 thoughts on “How to Get Rid of White Patches on Skin, Vitiligo”

    1. Hi,

      What kind white patches you have. I m getting patches on skin mostly on upper chest and stomach area and some dots on back..

      I m very much worried, and hoping its not vitiligo.. Cold you please help me to inform the best way to treat them.

      Thanks, awaiting for reply.

      1. I got white patches on back chest and near hip this is making me feel suisidle is it possible to let me know what’s best to cure these discouloured skin im brown and iys gone into white patches

    1. have u tried safi. if yes and yet problem persists u can use hydroquine containg ointment. better to consult a dermatologist. stop taking citrus food. take care of proper sleep. avoid bad habits if any.

    1. Hi my name is rahul i troubling with this desease can u say sonethung about this deaeas how to improve it with this deases send me mail if any u have suggest from this deases

  1. My daughter has recently starting to show vitiligo I been wanting to use natural resources rather than chemicals. These tips are very helpful thank you.

  2. well i will tries this remedies. The soap and lotion that was given by my doctor sucks and there is no progress
    on the healing thanks for posting this.

  3. How to Get Rid of White Patches on Skin:

    Hmm, I’m interested your information about white patches on skin. All I have both hands and around on mouth had white patches, I feel lack confidence. So I will try to take (Radish Seeds,Ginger, Turmeric, Apple Cider Vinegar !!) do you know how long get rid of white patches on skin?

    Please reply me and thanks
    Chris Paine

  4. Hey Hasan

    Hasan it sounds more like you have tinea which is caused by a fungi. it is very comon. sometimes it goes away by itself but please do se a dermotologist.

  5. Hi I have vitiligo problem from past 8 years and i tried ayurvedic and english medicina but no use. Write now I am pregnant and it is 9th month running. Could you please suggest me a best medicine or home made Ayurvedic medicine which i can use. Also do i need to avoid any food items?

    Awaiting for your reply.



    1. Please bear in mind that Vitiligo cannot be cured in a few days or weeks. You also have to be careful when you take any medicine if you are allergic to some foods.
      While I searched the web, a lot of information I have gathered and am happy to share it. Avoid lime, tamarind, egg plant and excessive exposure to sun.

      I have been suffering from Vitiligo, tried Allop[athy, Homeopathy & Aurvedic treatment. Ayurvedic treatment gives some better hope.

      1. This is a problem even for Europeans. My Mother developed it at a later age and at 65 I started having the same white patches on my lower arms and legs.My skin has always been beautiful so it is upsetting.I tried sun tanning even sun beds but it does not work and makes the spots more visible.I will certainly try these remedies as I have seen many times Alternative remedies work where allopathy failed in particular
        In the worse situation if it fails I have seen even 40 Years ago in London a girl with very dark skin having terrible large white patches around the eyes using special make up to conceal the problem.I am not sure which cosmetic company she went to but it would have been a top brand.Google information.It is not the end of the world ,there are solutions .

        1. Hi all,
          This is a very killing your confidence and self astemm decease. I personally know some one who suffers with this vitilago condition. There is a light treatment available in western countries. Also A Camouflage Make up is available on proscription. A dermatologist can prescribe this make up. This is a special products. For both men and women. It should be applied properly. Specialist can show u how to do this correctly. If u r men with vitilago and willing to try these products it does works and can give u confidence to go out and socialise more. As vitilago sufferers can tend to isolate themselves.
          Hope this info helps.

  6. I was facing this problem from 4years.i used many medicines,ayurvedic medicines.but there was no use.i think these remedie would be useful

  7. About two inches a white spot in right leg below knee. Backiously it was very small when i was at ten years old child now I am 59 years old it reached at 2 inches.I am suffering from thyroid disorder 11.25%, I also suffering from elegy and breathing problem.I have no snugger and BP.

  8. I had applied bavchi oil mixed with turmeric n mustard oil and had few seeds of bavchi soaked overnight everyday(empty stomach).
    The result was commendable.
    Bt just remember dont cry..
    You need to take a lot of care of your emotions.

  9. its a most affective and faster way to get rid of any of the problems related to skin,it is really a best system for girls who r scared from surgeries

  10. I have got white patch on my right hand side of my forehead since a month i noticed it and applying ointment ( Tacroz 0.3% ) every day and night which is recommended by the skin doctor. But i feel no change. Please suggest.

    1. Hi yogesh…i also hv the same problem….nw i cn see it expanding a little every year….. Please tell me what measures u r taking


  11. I have white patch on my chin, which has been there for atleast 15 years. From past 5 years it stopped growing further….now suddenly in last 2-3 months I can see it slowly spreading. And I have recently relocated to a new place.
    What could be the reason, some change in diet….some deficiency?
    And what should I do to bring it back under control?
    Need an urgent reply

  12. I have white patches on my hand i take ointment picon but no use since 8 month finish same condition please tell me any medicine to remove patches

  13. helo.i have white patches on my hand n legs and few on my waistline sice 2 years…..i took medicine from skin specialist for more than 1 year………but there is no improvement and i feel its spreading ……….plz suggest me the remadies.yhank u

    1. Apply coconut oil before u go to bed..once u get up drink water with babchi seed which is soaked overnight. Before u bath apply tamarind in mustard oil for ten to fifteen min. White patch will go in three months and have lots spinach everyday.

  14. Hey i have white dots on stomach ,upper chest and some on back from 4 years,doctors sais it is fungal infection and suggested me the tablets and lotions but nothing worked.recently i got the biopsy report as early stage of vitiligo,which one of the above will be useful and gives the faster result.Now iam observing as the white dots are increasing.Awaiting for reply.

  15. Hai Even I have white patches last 17 years, I have tried Ayurveda, Alopathy, Unani, but there is no changes in white patches, but last few weeks I started Jhalnethi, drinking 1 liter of luke warm water with empty stomach and brushing out and that cures constipation problem and warm in stomach.

  16. Hi ive had vitiligo since I were 7 years old itskeeps spreading all over my body. Ive been told if u scrath it and scrath somewhere elses it will gradually spred and it has and also to qvoid sun light.. also that there is 5 or somthing differnt types of vitiligo. ??? What can I do and which home remedie.. should I choose..

    1. Sorry Sha…there is only one type of vitiligo, is the one we have. there is no cure – no home remedies…sorry to say this..it is harsh but the truth. I have accepted it – i had it since I was 18 years old. I have tried all sort of stuff…from putting brake fluid on it, etc and stopped eating stuff which I was told, i also did ayurvedic medicine but nothing helped. maybe you can go and test yourself for lack of B12 vitamin in your body.

  17. Hello, I think my comment didnt go through or it was deleted before posted. I have vitiligo for the past 40 years or so. I have tried all remedies but nothing worked. So probably the tips above are for other white patches arising out of fungus or other skin diseases rather than vitiligo. Vitiligo is an autoimmune disease like Diabetes and has no cure. I would suggest those with vitiligo should go for B12 vit blood test. that is normally the cause. thanks…please do not delete this post – let people know the truth about vitiligo. Thanks

  18. These tips are really good nd awesm . Because these tips works properly nd clearly. Those persons have these white patches don’t worry try these tips nd get results.

  19. Am having white patches on my both arms & both laps and my toes too. It all started with small white patch on my right lap so i thought it was just ordinary spot may will clear within some couple of days. So when i scratched it and scratch any other part of my skin it affects there and exceeded further and stopped. Am not just happy with it. I need help with remedies. Although i know God will heal each and everyone of us. Amen!!!

  20. Naina dont put such harsh comment that vitilgo is not curable.Vitilgo in its initial stage is curable if it spread full body then chances are less.Homeopathy treatment is recommended for vitilgo at its initial stage very few people know that homeopathy is very useful in treating vitilgo first and foremost thing if we are diagnosed with vitilgo you should take it positively because will power is the only medicine for any disease and we can go for above mentioned remedies some extent it is really helpful.And Homeopathy don’t have any side effect.You should go to a doctor who is having sound knowledge of vitilgo so it can treat at its initial stage.For all those who is having vitilgo dont loose heart it is not a disease just we have to change our mindset that its not a disease its just a disorder which is curable then everything will be alright.

  21. I am 64 now and like many people I suffered with vitiligo since the age of 6 or 7 . Luckily in last 55 years history of my vitiligo, it did not spread a lot. I had study a lot about this condition and also have a lot my personal experience which I would like to share with.
    Vitiligo is condition which can start at any age but mostly before the age of 40. But the real cause of it in fact no medical science able to prove it, as just like diabetes, eczema ect., there is no single factor which can be prove the cause of these condition.
    But my strong believe is and am sure lot of reader will be agree with me that your strong will power play vital role to fight against any these kind of conditions.
    And the reason is that your body is control by two major part, one is heart which function or engine of your body, secondly brain which really control the body.
    Positive thinking and control on your brain is very important to fight any of these condition although it’s not garentee that this philosophy will work

  22. I am doctor bilal and the one in only cause for this disease is having any dairy products and sea food (fish) within the same day. Fish+milk=white skin patch! Your welcome

  23. There’s a place in Delhi they give the medicine for free. Kindly them and get the medicine for vitiligo. It really works no jokes. It’s like mud you got to soak it overnight and drink that water in the morning and apply the residue.

  24. I’m only 12 years old and I have vitiligo on my thys, legs, arms, hips, armpit, back, hands, and worst of all I have it all over my eyes and I hate it when people stare at me like I am a crazy person. I hate it, I hate it, and I hate it. I got it when I was 5 and I got pretty good at coping with people staring and stuff I just say oh it’s 2 different colors of skin if they ask of course. Over the time from 5 to 12 I figured out that it’s not the outside that counts and that I need to love me for who I am so I don’t care anymore I can get all over my face and not just my eyes and I would not care one bit sure people would stare bit I will just smile at them and say hi because I don’t care anymore!

  25. i have been taking treatment for vitiligo for more than 23 years , mostly doctors prescribe methylprednisolone tab and should be taken until further spreading stops , while taking this you will increase your weight ….. when further spreading stops you can stop this methylprednisolone tab…………since last 2.5 years i’m not taking methylprednisolone tab but when further spreading starts doctor will prescribe this …….my opinion is you people concentrate on your career or job , this disease will not disappear suddenly or permanently , when you think i had recovered , it will starts appearing again , so concentrate on your job or studies etc whatever it is…………..

  26. Don’t use vitamin “c” like lemon,orange,tomatoes…..and also every day 5-10 mins shown the area in sunrays to increase the melanin to our skin..and reduce the vitiligo….

  27. I had developed dese white pactches from july start.first there was a rash den wen i scratched it it became a white spot.I didnt take it seriously den now it had spread in my face right down the lips.After i consulted doctor,he gave me vitamin tablets and a cream.Now it stopped spreading for 1 month but its fairly noticeable now….he now gave a additional tablet melanocyl and told to stand in sunlight at morning for 15 min or so…will dis white spot go anytime soon??

    1. Hi im bavani .. my son also having same problem from age of 1.. many treatment has taken.. now im following only homeopathy treatment. And some regular particular food .. i.e. beetroot juice and all type of nuts . Black dates .. daily stand in sunrise and sunset. Veg and fruits apply coconut oil.. avoid white sugar.. coffee..

  28. I only have white patches on my face only on one side.It mostly ottends to itch and the patches are very dry. I will try some of these methods and see but yeah if you guys could also help if you told some tricks and hacks to get rid of it because its spreading across to my neck!!!

  29. i had these tiny white spots which first appeared on my chin. then they grew visibly large about the size of a dime. then i consulted a dermatologist who prescribed meds and topical solutions and the discoloration disappeared. then it appeared on my elbows and later on my foot and now i see some appearing on my back too.. having read a lot about home remedies i am following the below mentioned easy remedies and something among them seems to be working.
    1) mix turmeric powder with coconut oil and store in a small container. apply every night. it will stain clothes but sacrificing a nightsuit is a small price to pay. if you have to apply on face use an old pillow case or put some towels on your pillow. for faster results apply twice daily. once in the morning for 15 minutes before shower.
    2) get a copper glass or jug and put water in it overnight. drink it first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. you will also feel a fresh surge of energy within a few days of doing this.
    3) boil 5-6 Tulsi (holy Basil) leaves in a cup of water and consume any time of day. you may take this more than once if convenient.
    4) take ginger juice. You may boil a small piece of ginger with your tea or use crushed ginger with your meals (in soup, in daal, in curries) or just grate some ginger and add a spoonful of honey to it and consume. this will increase your immunity and give you a wonderful skin too.
    i hope the way these remedies have helped me, they will help you too and you’d get rid of those white patches soon. good luck!

  30. I woke up on the morning of 24th May 2004 after a long time of stress and a final very stressful happening. To cut a long story short, the stress I had been subjected to .. made mesay to myself constantly ” why bother?”. Anything I wanted to do the voice inside mje said ” why bother”. I I believe I passed that message to mjy body. So after joing the worldwide viliigo organisation , after so any doctorsrelling me there was no cure …. I thought about it and decided to reverse things, to give a different message to my body. So evry single day I would lie down and closing my eyes imagine I was bring a ray of white healing light down from the Universe and slowly imagine it pass over every part of my body curing it. Not trying to hide away or hide the patches. Believe I looked good. And with patience it worked. I now just have some shadows on my neck. The mind is powerful. So is faith.

  31. Black seed (Nigella sativa) oil works well and has been found to be effective in stopping and even reversing skin de-pigmentation in vitiligo

  32. Please try this for vitiligo
    20 gram bakuji powder கார்போக அரிசி
    10 gram barberry root powder மர மஞ்சள்
    1 teaspoon black seed oil கரும் சீரகம்
    100 ml vergin coconut oil சுத்தமான கெமிக்கல் கலக்காத தேங்காய் எண்ணை
    Heat the coconut oil in low flame semi heat enough
    And mix this oil to another 3 product
    Mix well and leave to cool and filter the oil ,
    Apply this oil morning and before bed get good result
    If possible son exposure is get quick heal

  33. vitiligo is something in skin where the pigmentation stops , I am having these white patches from last 16 years .
    Though i have taken prescription from more than 15 docs and different suggestions of people .
    The only thing which is required to cure this is to drink water of copper vessel , Eat neem leaves , avoid those things which affects to you as short tempering ,too much thinking ,improper sleep .

    work on this ,you guys will see the change .

  34. I have white spots on my whole body from around 5 to 6 years but still it’s not remove proper after treatment. If your team doing any help for my this problem.l really very thankful

    1. Thanks for sharing this. I will be choosing, coconut oil, ginger, turmeric and apple cider as home remedies. I started having some white patches on my hand in the past 6-8 weeks. And now I saw an upcoming white patch around my left eye. I will update you all after a month or two.

  35. Thanks for sharing this. I will be choosing, coconut oil, ginger, turmeric and apple cider as home remedies. I started having some white patches on my hand in the past 6-8 weeks. And now I saw an upcoming white patch around my left eye. I will update you all after a month or two.

  36. I have white patches by my eyes and albow I’m starting these remedy what I want to know is you say stay away from seafood all seafoods because i love shrimp

  37. Hi I have come from a holiday (Maldives) and I got these patches.. I don’t know wether it’s a fungal infection or what.. but it really looks bad.. mostly it’s on my upper body.. and some in my thies.. can someone please help me out? What shall I really use? Please help

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