Leucoderma

Leucoderma

Leucoderma is a skin condition that causes gradual skin discoloration resulting into patchy skin. It is due to loss of a pigment, called melanin, from skin. It is not contagious.

Causes

Excessive worry and chronic gastric disorders are the main causes of this condition. Additionally, improper liver functioning, consuming incompatible food items together like milk and fish, burns and injuries and heredity tendency may also cause leucoderma.

Symptoms

  • Small white stop that develops into patches
  • Graying of hair, eyelashes

Ayurvedic View

Ayurveda attributes aggravated Pitta Dosha for causing Leucoderma. It results into accumulation of ama (toxins) in deep layers of the skin leading to skin discoloration. Balancing body energies and cleansing the blood by using herbs can restore the skin color. Furthermore, correct diet and lifestyle adjustments should be made to improve digestion.

Diet & Lifestyle Advice

  • Consume bitter tasting vegetables like drumsticks and bitter gourd.
  • Avoid tough to digest foods and ingredients that are sour
  • Avoid fish, jiggery, excessive salt, curd and sesame seeds.
  • Avoid consuming incompatible foods, such as fish and milk together.
  • Take adequate sleep.

Home Remedies

  • Apply a paste of Bakuchi (Psoralea Corylifolia) and coconut oil over the white patches
  • Expose the skin to early sunrays for 15 minutes.
  • Mix turmeric powder with mustard oil and apply on the patches.