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When Penis Skin Color Fades- It May Be Vitiligo!

Dr. Vinod Raina 89% (5325 ratings)
MD - General Medicine
Sexologist, Delhi
When Penis Skin Color Fades- It May Be Vitiligo!

When Penis Skin Color Fades, It May Be Vitiligo

For many men, their penis is a big source of pride, so maintaining proper penis health and ensuring a good looking member is crucial. When issues involving penis skin occur, it can be a source of significant concern. Penis rash, redness, bumps, extreme curvature and other issue that affect the appearance of the penis may strike a blow at a man's self-esteem. So when penis skin color fades or "bleaches out," a man wants to know what is causing it and what he can do to fix it. In many cases, that fading may be caused by a condition known as vitiligo.

Pale penis skin

In some instances, penis skin color changes can be normal. For example, particularly in light-skinned men, the penis often becomes redder when it is erect, a result of the increased blood flow and heat that occur during the erectile process. Men who frequent nude beaches will often see a natural color progression as the penis tans and as the tan fades. And rough handling of the penis and excess friction may in some cases produce temporarily lighter skin, as an old layer of skin is rubbed away to reveal "newer" skin beneath.

And then in other cases, penis skin color change may be related to vitiligo.

What is vitiligo?

Most people who have heard of vitiligo know the name because the late pop star Michael Jackson was said to have suffered from it. Vitiligo occurs when the skin loses melanocytes, cells that produce melanin, which affect color production in the skin, hair and eyes. It may also occur if the melanocytes are present but not functioning properly.

Scientists are still unclear about just why a person may develop vitiligo, but there are several suspected causes:

- It may be hereditary, something that is passed on from a father and/or mother.

- It may be triggered by an outside factor such as sunburn or stress.

- An autoimmune situation may develop, in which the immune system itself attacks the melanocytes.

Vitiligo is not a dangerous condition, but people who contract it carry a higher risk of complications like hearing loss, inflammation of the iris and sunburn. More often, they may experience psychological distress - and this can be especially true for men with vitiligo on the penis who attach a great deal of importance to the physical appearance of their manhood.


The effects of vitiligo can be treated in several ways. In some instances, anti-inflammatory corticosteroids may be able to re-pigment portions of affected skin, although this change can take a long time to become visible. Various forms of laser therapy and light therapy are sometimes effective, although their use on the penis requires special care and consideration. Vitamin D is often recommended, applied topically.

Often, however, a man will find that even after treatment he still has visible patches of vitiligo on his penis. In such cases, a man is advised to learn to live with the fact that portions of his penis are "patchy." The penis itself still functions normally and is healthy; it is merely the appearance that has changed.

Penis skin discoloration due to vitiligo can be distressing at first, but being accepting and concentrating on the overall penis skin health is advised. To that end, regular use of a superior penis health crème (health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil, which is clinically proven mild and safe for skin) can make a difference. Since vitamin D may have an impact on vitiligo in some cases, using a crème with that vitamin can be a plus - especially since this vitamin is crucial for other aspects of penis health as well. In addition, penis skin will remain supple and smooth if a crème includes both hydrating agents like vitamin E and Shea butter as well as a potent antioxidant like alpha lipoic acid.

6 Causes Of Vitiligo And Its Ayurvedic Treatment!

Dr. Prasanna Kakunje 94% (10 ratings)
MD - Ayurveda, Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Mangalore
6 Causes Of Vitiligo And Its Ayurvedic Treatment!

Vitiligo, often known as leukoderma, is a specific kind of skin whitening disease resulting in white patches all over the skin. A gradual loss of pigment layers on the skin surface results in the patches. This type of skin disorder becomes socially challenging for the sufferers. As the discolouration of skin and the patches all over the body start getting noticed by people, the patients get depressed. But they should stay positive as the treatment of vitiligo with Ayurveda has proven to be one of the safest cure methodologies.


Vitiligo generally starts with small spots on exposed areas; especially the bone joints, which are the first areas to be affected by vitiligo. Due to the lack of blood circulation, the bone joints are inclined to get affected by vitiligo. Gradually the spots on the skin turn into white patches. This disease has nothing to do with germs or bad blood. Rather it is caused by de-pigmentation issues on skin layers.

Factors responsible for vitiligo

Women are more prone to vitiligo than men. The factors that cause vitiligo are:

  1. Jaundice
  2. Liver problems
  3. Mental worry
  4. Typhoid
  5. Burn injuries
  6. Parasites in alimentary canal

Apart from these above mentioned factors, hereditary factors also trigger this type of skin disorder.

Ayurvedic Treatment For Vitiligo

Decades of research and practices have established Ayurveda as one of the most ancient and holistic ways of treatment. Ayurveda means the goodness of all the natural elements and herbs. So treating vitiligo with Ayurveda doesn't only mean curing the disorder, but also the Ayurvedic medicines are known to enhance skin tones.

According to Ayurveda, Leucoderma is caused due to the aggravation of Pitta Dosha. Pitta is an Ayurvedic humor which symbolizes heat or fire, and is manifested in the skin. Aggravated Pitta leads to accumulation of ama (toxins) in deep layers of the skin, leading to the condition of Leucoderma.

Pitta is of five types; one of them is Bhrajak Pitta that gives coloration to skin. In the case of Leucoderma, Bhrajak Pitta is in an imbalanced state, and therefore, the skin starts losing its color and white patches appear. Along with Pitta Dosha, deeper body tissues like Rasa Dhatu (nutrient plasma), Rakta (blood), Mansa (muscles), Lasika (lymph) are also involved in the disease.

Treatment consists of pacifying imbalanced body energies, cleansing the blood and administrating herbs that restore skin color. Poor digestion is the root cause of this disease, as it causes the build-up of toxins in the tissues. An essential part of treatment, therefore, is restoring digestion. The patient will also be advised on the correct diet and lifestyle adjustments to prevent recurrence of the disorder.

  1. One of the most effective Ayurvedic medicine for vitiligo is Agnijith. Its capability of producing pigmentation on needed areas is scientifically proven. It is capable of blocking the de-pigmentation issue on skin layers. This cream-based medicine is also known for contacting rich microbial properties, which get easily absorbed in skin and increase the level of blood circulation. Vitiligo is almost an autoimmune disorder, thus the Ayurvedic anti-vitiligo medicines are the best way to cure it.

  2. There are a few Ayurvedic home remedies that are effective enough in removing the white patches. Turmeric is a common herb in everyone's kitchen. Applying a mixture of turmeric and mustard oil on the affected areas can help you cure vitiligo.

  3. Bakuchi and coconut oil’s mixture is another effective remedy for vitiligo. Apply the mixture, keep it for 15 minutes and then wash it off.

Vitiligo is a special case of skin disorder, which is triggered by a low immune system or pitta dosha. So leading a good lifestyle and eating healthy food are equally important in order to get cured.  

7 Causes Of Vitiligo And Its Treatment!

Dr. Ramya M N 93% (771 ratings)
MBBS, MD - Dermatology , Venereology & Leprosy
Dermatologist, Bangalore
7 Causes Of Vitiligo And Its Treatment!

Vitiligo is a skin disorder where white patches of depigmentation develop on the skin and keep enlarging. This disorder is long term and continuous in nature. The patches appear due to the death of melanocytes within the skin. Melanocytes are skin pigment producing cells, which produce melanin. Vitiligo can affect the skin of several areas, including the eyes, hair and the portion inside the mouth.

The causes of this disease are as follows:

  1. Autoimmune disorders in which the immune system of a patient becomes over reactive and the melanocytes are destroyed.
  2. This disease may also occur due to genetic oxidative stress imbalance.
  3. Stressful events may also lead to vitiligo.
  4. Harm or damage to the skin from sunburns or cuts also leads to vitiligo.
  5. Exposure of the skin to several harmful chemicals may be a cause.
  6. Neural disorders are also responsible for vitiligo.
  7. Vitiligo may also happen from viral causes or may be hereditary and passed on from family members.

Vitiligo has only one major symptom. White, flat spots and patches develop on the surface of the skin. The earliest of these white patches appear on the parts of the body which are exposed to the sun continuously.
It starts off as a simple spot in the beginning and gradually, the spot starts getting pale and finally turns white. The patches have irregular shapes, and in some cases the edges get inflamed and are red in color. Itchiness is experienced in the affected areas. Symmetrical patches signify slow development of vitiligo.

The two major types of vitiligo are:

  1. Non segmental vitiligo, which affects the back of the hand, the arms, knees, elbows, feet, mouth.
  2. Segmental vitiligo, which is more stable than non segmental vitiligo, but spreads faster. It usually affects areas of the skin, which are attached to nerves.

The different methods of treatment for vitiligo are:

  1. Phototherapy with UVB and UVA light: Exposing the affected area of the skin to UVB lamps is a popular cure for vitiligo. This treatment can be performed easily at home. UVA treatment incorporates taking of a drug which makes the skin more sensitive to ultraviolet light and then the skin is exposed to high doses of UVA light.
  2. Skin Camouflage: Cosmetic creams and makeup can be used to camouflage affected areas of the skin. These topical creams are waterproof.
  3. Depigmentation: Depigmentation is used to treat widespread areas affected by vitiligo. The skin color of the unaffected areas is reduced in order to match the affected areas. It is done using topical ointments.
  4. Medicinal creams containing tacrolimus, steroids, calcopotriol can be used. Phototherapy should not be taken at home. A variety of surgeries also available. Skin grafting, melanocyte transfer, melanocyte culture.

Vitiligo is a skin disease, the major causes of which are still to be discovered. Proper care and treatment should be taken for skin areas affected by vitiligo. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Vitiligo - Signs You Need To Be Aware Of!

Paul's Leucoderma Centre 87% (57 ratings)
MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
Dermatologist, Delhi
Vitiligo - Signs You Need To Be Aware Of!

Vitiligo is a skin disorder which results in the loss of skin pigments in different parts of the body due to the destruction of the colour producing cells called the melanocytes. Vitiligo can affect any part of the skin present in different parts of the body. Vitiligo is a disorder in which the immune system of the body gets overactive and destroys these colour producing cells on it's own, therefore resulting in white patches which are generally much fairer than the original skin colour of the human skin. In this article we are going to talk about some more facts and details about Vitiligo.

Facts about Vitiligo

Here are some important facts about vitiligo which should be kept in mind:

  • Vitiligo can affect an individual of any skin colour, gender, age and ethnicity. There is no particular set of people, only who gets affected by it.
  • Vitiligo cannot be cured completely even though a few treatments are there. Usually it is a lifelong disorder and once affected stays with the person forever.
  • Thankfully, in spite of being a harmful disorder, vitiligo is not at all contagious. Vitiligo cannot be spread to others when they come in contact with a person suffering from vitiligo.

After reading these few points we hope you now know about vitiligo in a much better way.

Symptoms of Vitiligo

One of the common symptoms of Vitiligo is that the skin will have white patches in the affected areas. The white patches can occur on any part of the body ie hands, legs, lips, mouth and armsarmpit, groin, eyes, nostrils, navel and genitals.

In focal pattern this white patches will be seen only in some few areas and in segmental pattern this white patches will be seen in one side of the body and in bilateral pattern this white patches will be seen different parts of the body. Sometimes vitiligo may be associated with white hair (Leukotrichia)

Sometimes you may have difficulties in understanding whether a particular skin colour disorder is Vitiligo or not. Thus here are the symptoms to look out for:

  • Vitiligo results in loss of skin colour in different parts of the body in patches.
  • Early whitening or graying of hair present on your scalp, eyes or even the beard can indicate the onset of vitiligo.
  • Vitiligo even affects the mucous membrane inside your mouth and nise and therefore you will understand when the inside of the mouth starts losing colour as well.
  • Vitiligo usually spreads in different skin parts of the body. But it sometimes can also affect only one side of the body and is known as segmental vitiligo.

So here are the important symptoms that can be observed to understand whether a person has vitiligo or not. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Vitiligo Problem!

Dr. Sameer Kumar Singh 86% (115 ratings)
Homeopath, Lucknow

Today’s Tips

Vitiligo is a disease that causes the loss of skin color in blotches. The extent and rate of color loss from vitiligo is unpredictable. It can affect the skin on any part of your body. It may also affect hair and the inside of the mouth.

Vitiligo can start at any age, but often appears before age 20.Normally, the color of hair and skin is determined by melanin. Vitiligo occurs when the cells that produce melanin die or stop functioning. Vitiligo affects people of all skin types, but it may be more noticeable in people with darker skin.Homoeopathic treatment for vitiligo can restore color to the affected skin.

Black Pepper Help In Regimentation Of White Patches!

Dr. Ankur Singhal 95% (1669 ratings)
Master in Psychology, MD - Ayurveda, Dems, Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Ghaziabad

For vitiligo patient it has been found that black pepper (kalimirch) helps in regimentation of white patches.

Vitiligo - How Can The Condition Be Treated?

Dr. Satish Titoria 85% (32 ratings)
Dermatologist, Noida
Vitiligo - How Can The Condition Be Treated?

Vitiligo is a condition wherein the affected person starts losing the color of the skin, resulting in white patches. It can affect people of any age, sex, class, race, and ethnicity. Though Vitiligo is a lifelong condition, it can be managed with proper care and treatment.

Understanding the problem 

Vitiligo is a skin disorder where certain areas of the skin start losing its normal pigment. The total area of the skin that can be affected by the disease may vary from one person to another. It may even affect the inner side of the mouth, eyes and in some cases, even the hair.

Vitiligo is a photosensitive skin disorder which means that the affected areas shall be more sensitive to the rays of the sun than the unaffected areas. It is very difficult to determine whether the patches will start spreading or not, and to what extent. It may take weeks to spread, or the patches may remain stable for months or even years together. The lighter patches become more visible in people with dark and sun-tanned skin.


The destruction of pigment-causing cells called the melanocytes cause Vitiligo. The exact cause of vitiligo remains unknown, some conditions that contribute to vitiligo are mentioned below:

  • Albinism: It is a rare genetic disorder that lead to loss of color of the skin, hair, and the eyes.
  • Alopecia Areata: It is an auto-immune disease that leads to hair loss in patches. It can also lead to vitiligo.
  • Hashimoto’s thyroid: It is also an autoimmune disease that leads to discoloration of the skin. This also makes the skin more sensitive.


  1. Patchy loss of skin color
  2. Premature whitening or graying of the hair on your scalp, eyelashes, eyebrows or beard
  3. Loss of color in the tissues that line the inside of your mouth and nose (mucous membranes)
  4. Loss of or change in color of the inner layer of the eyeball (retina)

These white patches are more common in areas where the skin is exposed to the sun. The patches may be on the hands, feet, arms, face, and lips. Other common areas for white patches are:

  1. The armpits and groin (where the leg meets the body)
  2. Around the mouth
  3. Eyes
  4. Nostrils
  5. Navel
  6. Genitals
  7. Rectal areas


If leaft untreated, patient can have an increased risk of:

Treating vitiligo
Vitiligo is described as more than a cosmetic problem; it is rather a health issue requiring clinical attention. Several remedies can aid in making the condition less visible, and some of them include:

  • Using sunscreen regularly: Using sunscreen protects the lighter areas of the skin which are more sensitive to sun rays. Since there are several types of sunscreen available, consulting with a dermatologist is safe before choosing a sunscreen.
  • Phototherapy using UVB light: Controlled exposure to UVB light is an effective treatment option for vitiligo. When this treatment is done at a clinic, you will need around 2 to 3 visits in a week, and the time required for the treatment will also be longer. UVB phototherapy can also be used when there are numerous white spots all over the body. Since this is a full-body treatment, it is performed in a hospital. This treatment, together with other treatments can have a substantial effect on vitiligo, but it is always necessary to have realistic expectations about the treatment.
  • Skin camouflage: Those who are suffering from mild instances of vitiligo can greatly benefit from the camouflage treatment done with cosmetic creams or white patches.
  • Laser therapy: People suffering from limited, stable patches of vitiligo can immensely benefit from vitiligo. Laser therapy is a safe and effective way to treat this condition. It may not be very cost effective, but the results are totally worth it, a patient may have to be treated twice a week and take 24-48 session to treat the localised lesions of vitiligo.

It is best to start the treatment of vitiligo as soon as possible to manage the condition to a substantial extent. So, visit a dermatologist today and understand which treatment option would work best for you. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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5 Types Of Vitiligo!

Dermatologist, Anand
5 Types Of Vitiligo!

If you see continual and long-term white patches of depigmentation on your skin, it could be vitiligo. Vitiligo is a condition that appears when melanocytes in your skin are no more alive. This bunch of cells is responsible for producing the melanin pigment that endows the skin with its colour as well as protects it from the harmful UV rays. The area which may be affected by this dermatological disease varies from person to person, and it can also affect the hair, mouth and eyes as well. In most cases, the vitiligo affected area stays discoloured for the rest of the patient’s life.

Various types of vitiligo and their symptoms
Scientists have classified vitiligo into two types: segmental and non-segmental. The non-segmental vitiligo is the most common variant and 90 percent of vitiligo affected patients suffer from this kind of disorder. In this disease, the patches take place with little symmetry on both sides of the body. It can be further broken down into 5 sub-divisions.

  1. Generalised vitiligo: It can occur at any part of the body without any rules, and this is by far the most common type.
  2. Acrofacial vitiligo: It is mostly seen on the toes and fingers.
  3. Mucosal vitiligo: In this condition, the discolouration normally takes place around the lips and mucous membranes.
  4. Universal vitiligo: This is the rarest type of vitiligo where the whole body is covered in white patches.
  5. Focal vitiligo: This is most commonly found in children. The children have white and scattered patches across the body.

Possible treatments for vitiligo

Though there are no treatments possible that will re-pigment your skin to its original colour, there are several remedies that aid in decreasing the visibility of white patches on the affected areas of the skin. Some of them include:

  1. Phototherapy with UVB radiation: This is a common form of treatment where the affected area is exposed to UVB radiation and can be performed at home too. If you have large white spots across the body, it is important to have the treatment performed by an expert at any healthcare centre.
  2. Phototherapy with UVA radiation: In this treatment, a drug is first administered for increasing skin’s sensitivity to this radiation. Then the affected area of the skin is exposed to high doses of UVA radiation.
  3. Skin camouflage: In mild cases of vitiligo, cosmetic creams and make-up can be used to camouflage the affected area. It can last for about 12- 18 hours when applied in proper techniques.

In case you are suffering from vitiligo, it is crucial to speak with an expert and opt for the best means to curb down the impact of vitiligo.


Vitiligo - Understanding The Prognosis Of The Treatment!

Dr. Sruthi Gondi 87% (10 ratings)
MBBS, MD - Dermatology , Venereology & Leprosy
Dermatologist, Hyderabad
Vitiligo - Understanding The Prognosis Of The Treatment!

Vitiligo is a skin condition that results in the formation of white patches on the skin. In this case, any part of the body can be affected. Most people affected by Vitiligo have white patches appearing on many parts of their body.

Vitiligo Symptoms
Vitiligo symptoms include pigment loss, often rapid in nature, in several parts of the skin. A stable period without any progression of the condition is usually preceded by the initial appearance of the white patches. Further cycles of pigment loss may be observed later on. Areas on the skin that stay exposed to the sun, previous sites of injury and body folds (such as the area behind the knees) are the common sites that are affected by this condition. The pigment usually doesn’t return once the white patches start showing up. It might also affect the hair and the eyelids.

Causative factors for Vitiligo
The pigment that gives the skin its characteristic color is melanin. The loss of pigment in the skin causes Vitiligo. It happens due to the destruction of melanocytes which are the primary pigment-forming cells. The exact reason for the destruction of these cells is idiopathic or not known. One probable explanation is that the body's immune system kills the cells just like in other autoimmune conditions. In dark-skinned people, Vitiligo is more noticeable despite it affecting all races equally.

Prognosis and treatment of Vitiligo
The diagnosis of Vitiligo is relatively easy and can be performed during a physical exam. The prevention or cure of Vitiligo is unknown so far. Several methods such as cosmetics, re-pigmentation with the use of UV light therapy, application of corticosteroid creams and skin grafting might be used to improve or alter to an extent, the appearance of the skin, for those severely affected by Vitiligo. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!


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Taking Care Of Itching On White Patches After Sun Exposure!

Dr. Ankur Singhal 95% (1669 ratings)
Master in Psychology, MD - Ayurveda, Dems, Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Ghaziabad

If you are having itching on white patches after sun exposure stop using leucocure ointment for few days and contact clinic.


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