Vitamin C, Vitamin B12, and Folic Acid for Vitiligo

There is scientific evidence that people with vitiligo are short on vitamin C, vitamin B12, and folic acid.  The relationship of vitamin C and folic acid has been reported in dermatological literature, most extensively by Montes, a world-renowned expert on the role of vitamins and nutrition in the treatment of vitiligo. Vitamin C may protect against oxidative destruction caused by reduced folates in the body. Inadequate dietary intake of vitamin C may also lead to folic acid deficiency in people who have folate levels on the low end of normal. Moreover, vitamin C is necessary for complete metabolism of tyrosine, phenylalanine, and dihydroxyphenylalanine, key components of melanin production. Some people have reported depigmenting when taking ultra-high doses of vitamin C, although it is considered unstable as an intentional depigmenting agent. When used at ultra-high dosages, vitamin C interrupts key steps in melanogenesis. It interacts with copper ions at the tyrosinase-active site and inhibits action of the enzyme tyrosinase, thereby decreasing melanin formation. Recouleur® is not formulated with an ultra-high dosage of vitamin C. Rather, it contains 60 mg of vitamin C – 100% of the Daily Value (DV). Supplementing with the recommended DV of vitamin C is particularly important for patients undergoing phototherapy because there is evidence that exposure to UV light depletes vitamin C levels. Furthermore, vitamin C has proven antioxidant properties that limit damage from long-term exposure to UVA and UVB.  UVA and UVB phototherapy are commonly used to treat vitiligo. It can be administered through a dermatologist’s office, home phototherapy, or natural sunlight. Vitamins alone or in conjunction with phototherapy (combination therapy for vitiligo) can play a part in vitiligo’s repigmentation. Recouleur® Dietary Supplement contains C, B12, and folic acid making it easier to add to your vitiligo treatment.

In future blogs, we’ll delve into the other vitamins vitiligo sufferers typically lack.  Next up: vitamin B12 followed by folic acid.

Vitiligo Vitamin & Book Bundled Offer – Save $20

Vitiligo Vitamin & Book BundleBuy 1 jar Recouleur® Vitamins and get the book Skin Deep: A Mind / Body Program for Healthy Skin for $5.

Skin Deep presents a new way to deal with skin disorders via psychodermatology. Stress can exacerbate vitiligo or even trigger an outbreak of white patches. Recognize stress in your life, learn to reduce and control it, understand how it can exacerbate vitiligo and other skin conditions. Author Ted Grossbart has been a keynote speaker at vitiligo conferences alongside Recouleur® founder Audrey VanStockum.  Regular price $25.21, this book is $5 when you buy 1 jar Recouleur®. That’s a $20 savings!

What is Camouflage Makeup Spray or Air Stocking?

Air Stocking is a spray makeup. Envision a spray-paint can that mists skin-colored foundation onto your body.

To apply it, shake the can. Spray it on your skin. Let it dry.

This cover up makeup is water resistant. It will not come off when wet. You can wear it swimming or in the rain. Pat dry, do not rub.  If you rub it while wet, it will come off.

To remove it, wash with soap and water. Read more in our FAQs.

Camouflage Makeup Spray Air Stocking easily conceals vitiligo, tattoos, and other skin imperfections.  It takes less steps compared to other camouflage cosmetics.

Vitiligo Camouflage Makeup Spray Now Available!

Vitiligo Camouflage Makeup Spray is a New Offering in the Recouleur® Family of Vitiligo Products


Recouleur® offers vitamins and products to help people with vitiligo announces the strategic addition of Vitiligo Camouflage Makeup Spray to its ever-growing family of vitiligo products

PROSPECT HEIGHTS (June 2016) – Camouflage Makeup Spray is a new perfect complement to Recouleur®’s line of vitiligo products and will become part of a family of products used by patients and dermatologists in the management of the skin disorder vitiligo.  Camouflage Makeup Spray Air Stocking easily conceals vitiligo, spider veins, tattoos, bruises, port wine spots and all skin imperfections. There are five colors available.  Men, women, and children can use it. A full coverage one step spray makeup to cover up vitiligo simplifies applying corrective cosmetics by eliminating the need for tools, multiple steps and multiple products.  It’s easy to apply – just shake and spray.


Vitiligo Camouflage Makeup Spray Air Stocking Comes in Five Skin Colors

A spokesperson for explained, “There are times when you want to take more vitamins because of stress in an effort to ward off this trigger of pigment loss.  There are other times when you want to cover up your vitiligo with camouflage cosmetics. We carried Camouflage Makeup Spray several years ago.  We’re thrilled at the return of this full coverage makeup spray that’s applied in one step. Our customers have been begging for it.”

Twelve years ago Recouleur® Dietary Supplement was launched as a convenient way to add the vitamins and minerals vitiligo sufferers are deficient in in one convenient daily tablet.  Created by Audrey VanStockum, a vitiligo sufferer, the company remains true to its mission of “Helping People with Vitiligo.”

About Recouleur®: Recouleur® is a Chicago based company founded in 2003 that is dedicated to helping vitiligo patients find supplements that help with their skin condition. Recouleur® products are used daily by vitiligo sufferers around the world. They also offer helpful tips and treatment information to guide people dealing with vitiligo. The site is regularly updated with new articles and resources together with the latest and best products and vitiligo supplements

Vitiligo Camouflage Makeup Spray Coming Late May 2016

Vitiligo camouflage makeup spray easily covers up vitiligo and other skin imperfections including tattoos, bruises, port wine stains, and piebaldism.

Vitiligo Camouflage Makeup Spray will be a new offering in the Recouleur® family of vitiligo products starting in late May 2016.

Air Stocking works as a camouflage makeup spray.

Air Stocking works as a camouflage makeup spray.

This full coverage makeup that lasts is good for men, women, and children. It comes in five skin tones. It’s water and perspiration resistant. We’re working directly with the manufacturer to bring this wonderful camouflage makeup to you. More details about the arrival of this one step spray makeup to cover vitiligo and other skin imperfections will be announced soon!

Dermatologists Recommend Vitamins for Vitiligo

There are dermatologists and doctors who recommend vitamins for vitiligo.

Dermatologists and doctors are recommending to their vitiligo patients to take vitamins as a help to vitiligo.

Dermatologist recommends vitamins for vitiligo

Dr. Grimes recommends vitamin supplementation in her presentation at the Vitiligo Support International Conference in Los Angeles in 2005

Dr. Pearl Grimes of the Vitiligo and Pigmentation Institute of Southern California also serves on the Medical & Scientific Advisory Committee of Vitiligo Support International, Medical Advisory Board of the American Vitiligo Research Foundation, recommends vitamins to her vitiligo patients along with a topical and phototherapy.

Toronto based Dr. Ben Kim who has vitiligo himself, recommends dietary and lifestyle adjustments including supplementation

Dr. Leopoldo Montes, a dermatologist in Argentina, served on the Medical & Scientific Advisory Committee of Vitiligo Support International, currently serves on the International Medical Advisory Board of the American Vitiligo Research Foundation, and holds US patent 4,985,443 Method and Composition of Treatment Vitiligo with vitamins. The formulation for Recouleur® dietary supplement is backed by a patent US patent 7,368,131 and has much in common with Montes’ work. Montes’ research supports the use of vitamin therapy for vitiligo. His book Vitiligo: Current Knowledge and Nutritional Therapy is the culmination of 50 years of research and experience. Recouleur® makes it easy to take the recommended vitamins for vitiligo. This article first appeared in our April 21, 2015 newsletter.  Actually, Recouleur® has been dubbed the “vitiligo vitamin.”

Chicago Vitiligo MeetUp April 16

Chicago Vitiligo MeetUp April 16
Saturday, April 16, 2016 10:00 a.m.
Corner Bakery Cafe, Old Orchard Shopping Center
Skokie, IL

We’ll review a new vitiligo treatment guide, provide feedback, support each other.  Please RSVP so we know how many vitiligo treatment guides to bring. The Chicago Vitiligo MeetUp has become an annual event in the spring rotating locations in Chicago and the suburbs. Ideas for topics, locations, activities, and volunteers to help are welcome!

Book Overview: Skin Deep by Dr. Ted Grossbart

Skin Deep by Ted Grossbart Book Review

In Skin Deep, Dr. Ted Grossbart, along with Dr. Carl Sherman, a new way to deal with skin disorders is addressed, based on a new medical field: psychodermatology. Within this field, skin disorders are treated both physically and psychologically, due to the fact that many patients who are affected by skin diseases also have related psychological problems that directly affect their disorder. Dr. Ted Grossbart is a licensed clinical psychologist, as well as a member of Vitiligo Support International’s Medical and Scientific Advisory Committee.  He was first introduced to the idea that psychological treatment could be combined with physical treatments when he was in graduate school, but he didn’t become involved with psychodermatology himself until years later. Now, he is a leading expert on the subject and uses it often to treat his patients with skin disorders.

The book Skin Deep: A Mind Body Approach to Healthy Skin first takes an in-depth look at the skin itself, looking at how it responds to the world. Even though skin disorders are physical, flair-ups and symptoms can be caused by emotional stimulants. Just as other organs in your body respond to stimulants, your skin does as well. It is important to listen to what your skin might be trying to tell you about other aspects of your life, including stress levels.  Dr. Grossbart explains that if you truly want to understand your symptoms, then it is not enough to only regard them as symptoms of a disease. He says that by looking at why your skin behaves in certain ways, along with when and where the symptoms occur on your body, you can see a bigger picture. You can then track and use patterns in order to better understand your disorder and yourself.

In the next section, Grossbart goes on to explain different exercises and techniques you can use to try to change the way you think, including self-hypnosis and relaxation. Achieving these altered states of mind can help you control stress and anxiety, which can improve your mental well-being and allow you to take more control of your body. He includes many different exercises and techniques so that readers can figure out what works best for them. Once you can gain the control over your mental state, you can begin to see progress with the physical symptoms of your skin disorder.

The third section of the book discusses some of the signs of progress of these treatments, which may look different than the quick results of some medicinal approaches. Also, in some cases, patients are not willing to let go of their symptoms for psychological reasons they may not even realize, and this subconscious desire to maintain their disorder could actually stop the treatment from being effective. Grossbart looks at what he calls “ghosts” that may be affecting a patient’s progress. The final section of the book is a directory that contains more specific information about the different skin disorders.


Audrey VanStockum, Recouleur® vitamins for vitiligo creator, and Dr. Ted Grossbart author of Skin Deep were keynote speakers at the Vitiligo Support International Mini Conference in Chicago spring 2006.

Dr. Grossbart has been the keynote speaker at Vitiligo Support International Conferences in Chicago and Los Angeles, along with Recouleur® founder Audrey VanStockum, who discussed which vitamins are helpful in treating vitiligo and why, along with other lifestyle and natural vitiligo treatment tips for those with vitiligo. Like Grossbart, Recouleur® is ultimately concerned with getting patients the kind of treatment they need in order to combat their skin disorder, which is why Recouleur® strongly recommends this book for those who have tried traditional vitiligo treatments with no avail. Recouleur® is the sole source for Skin Deep, and books can be ordered directly from its website.

The Mind Body Skin Connection

Skin Deep by Ted Grossbart is the Expert Source on the Mind Body Skin Connection

According to Skin Deep by Ted Grossbart, there is a connection between the skin and the mind. The relationship between the skin and the mind is something that most people take for granted or do not consider at all. Many people blush when they are embarrassed or sweat when they are nervous, but these are just small examples of the powerful connection between the two organs. For those suffering from skin disorders, such as vitiligo the relationship between the body and the mind can be especially important. This is because many times, patients with vitiligo also have underlying emotional problems that can affect their symptoms and the success of treatments for vitiligo. These psychological factors must be addressed along with the physical symptoms in order to truly see benefits from medicinal treatments. While physical conditions are still physical first and foremost, and must be treated as such, combining doctor-prescribed treatment with psychological treatments, including therapy, for example, may make the medical approach more effective.

There are three main types of mind-skin connections that can affect those who suffer from skin disorders. The first is psychophysiological, which means that the skin disorder is physiological, but symptoms can be brought on or made worse by psychological factors, such as stress. Another type is primary psychiatric, which means that the skin condition is a symptom of psychiatric disorder. An example of this kind of disorder is body dysmorphic disorder, in which patients see flaws in their body that are not really there or exaggerate minor flaws. The third type of connection is secondary psychiatric, which means that a physiological skin disorder causes a patient to have emotional problems because the symptoms are so disrupting to their lifestyles or cause major cosmetic problems. Vitiligo is one disease that falls into this category. Patients suffering from this physiological disorder may also experience psychological problems including anxiety or depression as a result of their symptoms. Because stress and anxiety can also weaken the body’s immune system, which may play a role in the development of vitiligo, the disorder can also become psychophysiological at times, with symptoms being brought on by the stress. This cycle can be hard to break with only traditional treatments for vitiligo.

Once you recognize the strong connection between the mind and the body, the next step is to use that relationship in order to find ways to treat your symptoms while also improving your state of well-being. This can be done by treating psychological factors as well as physical ones. For example, those with depression need to address this condition by taking anti-depressant medication or attending therapy rather than only relying on treatment of their physical symptoms to improve their mental condition as well. There are also relaxation techniques and self-treatments that can help to reduce stress and anxiety and improve mental well-being, which in turn can help improve one’s immune system and physical well-being. These techniques include hypnosis, which can be done clinically or by yourself, relaxation and/or meditation, and psychotherapy. By treating the psychological side of the disorder, whether it is a cause or an effect, patients will have a better chance of successfully treating the physical skin disorder including vitiligo itself. Once emotional barriers are broken and underlying issues are addressed, real progress for improving your skin condition can begin. To fully explore the mind body skin connection, we recommend Skin Deep by Ted Grossbart.

Recouleur® Becomes New Sole Source of Skin Deep Book by Dr. Ted Grossbart

Recouleur® offers vitamins and products to help people cope with vitiligo and other skin conditions, and has purchased all remaining copies of Dr. Ted Grossbart’s book, Skin Deep

PROSPECT HEIGHTS (March 2016) – Recouleur® is a website committed to providing the very best vitamins and supplements to help people manage vitiligo, a condition in which pigment is lost from the skin, creating white patches with no definitive cause. One of the best resources for dealing with this condition and many others is Skin Deep, a book by Dr. Ted Grossbart. The popular book is now out of print after its publisher Health Press closed down. To preserve the book and guarantee their users access to it, Recouleur® has now purchased the entire Skin Deep inventory from Health Press.

Skin Deep by Ted Grossbart

Recognize stress in your life, learn to reduce and control it, understand how it can exacerbate vitiligo and other skin conditions. “Skin Deep” by Ted Grossbart is a mind body program for healthy skin.

Recouleur® is now the exclusive vendor of Skin Deep by Ted Grossbart. Originally published in 1992, this book has helped tens of thousands of people with vitiligo, eczema, psoriasis and other skin problems. As she was planning her retirement, Health Press founder Kathleen Frazier knew Skin Deep wasn’t anywhere near ready to wind down. The only company she thought of to continue the important work of helping stubborn skin problems was Recouleur®, “Having done business for years with Recouleur® I know they deeply care about their customers and skin health.” she commented.

Skin Deep: A Mind & Body Program for Healthy Skin is an actionable alternative for individuals who have been failed by specialists, cutting edge techniques and technologies and are actively looking for a different approach to skin disorders. The book provides that approach, and Recouleur®’s vitamins for vitiligo is a recommended product for use in conjunction with the book.

A spokesperson for www.Recouleur®.com explained, “We are thrilled to be able to help people retain access to this invaluable resource for a wide range of skin conditions, and we were grateful to be approached by Health Press’ founder to carry the torch for this title as Health Press ceased trading. The book is known for being a great textual resource on steps individuals can take, while our best-selling products are proven to support the journey the book will take people on.”

About Recouleur®: Recouleur® is a Chicago based company founded in 2003 that is dedicated to helping vitiligo patients find supplements that help with their skin condition. They also offer helpful tips to guide people who struggle with confidence when dealing with vitiligo. The site is regularly updated with new articles and resources together with the latest and best products and vitiligo supplements.