All kinds of skin problems can be extremely traumatic for those suffering from it. While most skin problems are curable, there are few of them which are incurable or can cause a lot of cosmetic problems as well. Depigmentation of the skin is one such problem where the skin loses the melanocytes that give the distinctive colour to the skin. This is an auto immune condition and hence does not have any known cure. Depigmentation of the skin causes white patches to appear on the skin and this can cause a lot of trauma and stress in the patient, leading to extreme distress and depression. Here are seven ways to cope with depigmentation of the skin.
Make yourself familiar with the condition
Though depigmentation is not curable, it is important that you understand the intricacies of the situation and come to terms with it so as to find ways by which you can cope. Check with a competent dermatologist and understand what causes the problems and what are the strategies that can be devised in order to keep the depigmentation under check. Surely, there are others too who suffer from the problem and have successfully devised ways by which they can cope with the sudden change in their lifestyle and the way people perceive them. Your doctor will be able to guide you in this and probably suggest talking to a few patients who had grit and will power to survive with the condition.
Join a support group
When people who have similar problems and conditions come together, there is a certain warmth and unity in the atmosphere and it is this support and reassurance that is needed for you in order to survive and cope with the condition. Understanding the fact that you are not alone in this world and talking to others who are similar situations will help you design your own coping strategy. Even though skin depigmentation cannot be cured, there are many external ways by which you can conceal the flaw on the skin and lead a normal life. Talking to other in similar situations will help you understand the ways by which you too can achieve and normal and worthy life. Check with your doctor for organizations that support such causes and share your concerns and experiences with these people to attain a sense of relief.
Keep your emotional stability
Sometimes, dealing with an incurable and cosmetically grave condition can take a huge toll on your mental health. It is during these times that you have to take hold of yourself and gather strength so that you do not go into a cocoon and make matters worse. Talk to your friends and family and be open about your feelings and emotions so that you do not have to nurse your wounds in the attic and keep everything to yourself. Talking to near and dear ones will help you cope better and help them give you more support and care as well, which is something that you cannot live without at this stage. Understanding your situation and condition will help them treat you better and offer more care rather than keep you away and make you feel worse. Let them understand that your condition is not curable and cannot be passed on to others as well so that they do not have fears about catching the condition themselves.
Though supportive friends, relatives and loved ones can do a wonderful job in making you feel at home and offering you the right care and support, this may not be necessary at times if you are particularly distressed ad need psychological counseling. There could also be others who do not have supportive friends and family. In such cases, counseling sessions are very necessary to keep your mental health under check. Counseling sessions are good in that you can discuss your innermost fears and problems that you may not be comfortable discussing with your near and dear ones. It is these innermost thoughts that need to be carefully addressed, failing which many fall into depression and mental problems, even after great support in the form of friends and family.
When you have a condition that does not offer any cure, it is important not to remain negative all your life. Look at the positive side of life. Count your blessings rather than look at the clouds that did not have silver linings, which may be way too many in your life. Learn some tricks to cultivate a positive attitude like joining a hobby club or doing things which help you relax. Practice yoga and meditation that can help you bust stress and relax and allow you to develop a positive state of mind where you can be comfortable with your condition and not be perturbed by it.
Skin care regime
Amidst all these confidence building exercises, you must not forget your skin as well. Depigmentation of the skin will lead to lower amounts of or no melanin on your skin, which will make your skin prone to sunburn and exposure to harmful radiation which can cause burns and even skin cancer. Take extra precaution in such cases and wear protective clothing and adequate sun protection creams that can prevent sunburn and UV radiation exposure. Apply a sunscreen with at least SPF 30 and one which can block UVA as well as UVB. Remember to wear sunscreen at all times, even when it is snowy or cloudy as ultraviolet rays can penetrate clouds and snow and damage your skin deeply.
Cosmetics for concealing depigmentation
Cosmetic industry is much advanced and now we have several competent and viable options for concealing all kinds of skin problems from prying eyes. Applications of makeup must be done carefully by adequately covering the patches with concealers so that your skin gets an even tone and the patches are covered adequately. Self tanners can help in tanning the white patches and reduce the patchiness a great deal. Make sure that you choose good products that are reliable, as cheap products may cause many other skin problems as well which you can do without at this stage.