How to Handle Vitiligo

Rosie Greaves

Vitiligo beauty aids

In some parts of India, as much as nine percent of the population suffers from vitiligo, and women are more likely to contract this condition than men. As a sufferer of vitiligo myself, it's a topic that really hits home, so I've put together a quick step-by-step guide to help you cover up your white patches.

Disclaimer: Please, don't for a second feel as though you have to cover up your vitiligo. I'm a firm believer that we should all love the skin we're in. Vitiligo or not, you're beautiful. You only have to look at the model Winnie Harlow to know that's true! But if you are interested in a cover-up beauty strategy, here's my firsthand advice.

1. Carefully Select Your Makeup

For concealing vitiligo, you're better off purchasing specialized makeup designed explicitly for discolored skin. Alternatively, you'll need a slightly thicker foundation and concealer. It's important to invest in a cover-up with excellent coverage, or you'll struggle to mask the difference between your white patches and the "regular" color of your skin.

You'll need to spend a little time and effort color matching your foundation to match the hue of your unaffected skin. There's a good chance it'll take some trial and error to find the winning combination.

2. Moisturize

If you're not doing so already, start moisturizing daily. If you're coating your face in camouflage-style makeup, there's a good chance you'll dry out your complexion. In light of this, it's essential to remove your makeup at the end of the day and apply a healthy layer of moisturizer.

Top Tip: Buy a face cream suitable for your skin type. If you're unsure about this, a simple web search will steer you in the right direction.  

3. Apply Thin Coats of Foundation

Instead of caking on your foundation in one go, apply several thin coats. This provides better coverage and a more natural look.

Using a makeup sponge, apply cover-up from the center of the discolored patch and work your way out toward your "regular" skin. Be sure to spread the foundation a few millimeters past the perimeter of your white patch and blend it into your natural skin tone. 

Now wait a few minutes for the first layer to dry. Then apply an additional coat. Keep repeating the process until you've achieved your desired coverage.

4. Use Powder

Last but not least, dust over a thin layer of translucent powder. Not only does this work wonders for blending the products on your face, but it also sets your foundation and concealer. So you can be confident your masterpiece stays in place as you go about your busy day. 

Advances in Vitiligo Treatment

In addition to makeup, it's worth noting you can now go to your doctor and request a prescription for Xeljanz. This immunosuppressant medication is one of the latest advancements in vitiligo treatment. Dr. Brett King, associate professor of dermatology at the Yale University School of Medicine, describes it as giving "results that are impossible to achieve with common therapies."