My Vitiligo Story and the Recouleur® Story

I suffered with vitiligo for many years before getting an accurate diagnosis. Compounding my dermatological issues were comorbidities

I was misdiagnosed with eczema, when I was actually suffering from psoriasis. During the course of 14 years, I visited seven dermatologists, a nutritionist, six general practitioners, three acupuncturists, a homeopath, four chiropractors, and a chiropractor-naprapath – a total of 23 clinicians. I was told many things, all of which reflected attitudes that seemed quite apathetic. In retrospect, I believe this was due in large part to a paucity of information and specialized training. Determined to find a solution, I read as many medical books and scientific articles as I could find on the subject. Interestingly, I uncovered research published as early as 1945 that showed the efficacy of specific vitamins and nutritional therapy for treating vitiligo. It was extremely confounding that so many of the healthcare providers I encountered knew so little about any treatments for vitiligo, despite the existence of published research.

I started taking a blend of vitamins and minerals, experimenting until I discovered a combination that slowly restored some color to my hands and feet. After years of frustration in seeking answers for my own case of vitiligo, I became a researcher in the field of nutritional therapy. I established Supernatural Health, Inc., with the goal of developing a safe nutritional supplement for the treatment of pigment loss and gray hair associated with vitiligo. This ultimately led to the development of the Recouleur® dietary supplement with a National Science Foundation grant under the auspices of Northwestern University. Upon fulfilling all FDA requirements, Recouleur® had its market launch in 2004. A patent was awarded in May 2008 for Method and composition for treating hypopigmentation of the hair and skin.

If you do one thing for your vitiligo, take Recouleur® dietary supplement.

Vitiligo Tip: Get Your Thyroid Tested

People ask us about do’s and don’ts for vitiligo.  Testing the thyroid is one thing you should do for vitiligo because research has shown the risk to develop autoimmune thyroid disease to be 2.5 times higher among people with vitiligo. The thyroid gland is a small butterfly-shaped organ that lies flat across your windpipe. It produces hormones that affect the body’s metabolism, heart rate, and growth.

Thyroid incidence in vitiligoThyroid disease can speed up or slow down the thyroid’s hormone production which can cause a variety of physical problems. Those with vitiligo have a significantly higher incidence of autoimmune thyroid disease than the normal population.

All vitiligo patients, especially children (who are not routinely tested) should be tested for thyroid function and antibodies. A blood test will tell whether your thyroid is healthy. If you have thyroid disease, treatment can successfully manage it. A properly functioning thyroid also helps set the foundation for healing.

If you have vitiligo, do get your thyroid tested.  More useful articles are in our Vitiligo Learning Center.

American Vitiligo Research Foundation

“A little about the AVRF, the oldest vitiligo charity: I would like to share that the American Vitiligo Research Foundation (AVRF) “Embraces Diversity!” We are a 501©(3) federally tax exempt charity based in Clearwater, FL. We were founded in 1995 and we are a “Humane Charity” that does not support any research with the use of animals.

Vitiligo is a skin disorder that removes color from a person’ skin, leaving it with white patches. You are not born with vitiligo, it is an acquired disorder. Vitiligo is not contagious and it does not discriminate. It affects all ethnicities. The AVRF focuses on children affected with vitiligo, since they endure bullying and rejection from their peers. Even though vitiligo does not kill the body, it does have a tremendous impact on an individual’s spirit. Unfortunately, society does not understand how devastating this skin disorder is on those living with it.

I am reaching out to everyone who reads this to please take a moment and picture yourself or a loved one having vitiligo. The daily mental pressure by an uneducated society that focuses on flawless skin is very difficult to live with.

This year some of the AVRF children will be attending our yearly children’s retreat in Canby, Oregon. Our children will be doing a walk on Sunday to raise awareness and funding for much needed vitiligo research. ALL money raised from the walk will go to support vitiligo research. Any amount you can donate is appreciated. Since we are a charity all donations can be used as a tax write off.

On behalf of all children, and adults affected by vitiligo worldwide, I want to personally thank each and every one of you.”

Recouleur sponsors the AVRF. We hope you do too at https://www.gofundme.com/avrf-kids-charity-walk

The Reviews Are In!

The reviews of our new book The Use of Vitamin Therapy for the Treatment of Vitiligo are in!

Author Audrey VanStockum is also the creator of Recouleur® Dietary Supplement – the patented supplement designed for the needs of vitiligo patients.

This book is receiving high praise from key opinion leaders.

“Excellent reading!   I learned much more than I had anticipated. Thank you Audrey for this extensive book of much needed knowledge for those of us living with vitiligo. Being a vegetarian I had no idea what I needed to supplement, but now I know.”

Again, thank you,
Stella

Stella Pavlides, President, American Vitiligo Research Foundation

Established 1995, Clearwater, FL

 

“Wow! I thought I knew a lot about Vitiligo until I picked up your book. It’s a must read for anyone with or a relative of a vitiligo patient.”

Larry S., a.k.a. “Spotty King”, Cedar Park, TX

Founder Vitiligo Match

 

One of the strengths of “The Use of Vitamin Therapy for the treatment of Vitiligo” is, in my opinion, the fact that it strikes the perfect balance between scientific detail and simple explanation so that it makes suitable reading for anyone, regardless of whether they have a scientific background or not – and regardless of their prior understanding of vitiligo. … She then reviews key vitamins and minerals used by the body to produce skin pigment and describes the role played by each one, as well as the adverse effects of deficiencies. And, crucially, she backs up all of the information with relevant research studies. … So, it was extremely useful to have such a comprehensive overview of the subject and its associated literature all in one place and set out in such a clear and concise way.

Caroline, Lancaster, United Kingdom, Author of www.thevitpro.com

Our highly praised new vitiligo book focuses on vitamin deficiencies in vitiligo and the use of vitamins to treat this skin depigmentation disorder. The Use of Vitamin Therapy for the Treatment of Vitiligo includes illustrations and vitiligo case studies.

Caroline has had Vitiligo Nearly 50 Years

Caroline has had vitiligo nearly 50 years. She successfully repigmented through supplementation and UVB light treatments.

She shares her vast knowledge on the natural treatments she used for her vitiligo and her experiences on her blog www.thevitpro.com  The use of two treatments at the same time is called combination therapy. The studies behind the effectiveness of combining these two therapies at the same time and more can be found in our new book The Use of Vitamin Therapy for the Treatment of Vitiligo by Audrey VanStockum. Taking dietary supplements such as Recouleur® and using phototherapy is a research backed approach to vitiligo that has yielded some good results. Recouleur® makes it easy to know which vitamins to take for vitiligo.

Caroline’s positive mental attitude is contagious.  Thank goodness vitiligo is not!

Having vitiligo, not knowing the course of this skin pigmentation disorder, struggling for good vitiligo treatment information can be discouraging. Be inspired by these positive pointers from her vitiligo blog:

If you have vitiligo, don’t put your life on hold.  One day more effective treatments will be freely available. But, until then, my advice to everyone looking for vitiligo solutions is:

1.     stay cheerful and get on with life;
2.     try my protocol (or any other non-risky treatments that have been proven to be effective);
3.     support each other, because no one else really knows what it is like to have this condition.

Her recent blog post reviews our new book The Use of Vitamin Therapy for the Treatment of Vitiligo. Use of Vitamin Therapy for the Treatment of VitiligoShe shares her personal insights as a person trying out natural vitiligo treatments long term ultimately repigmenting her vitiliginous skin through blending dietary supplements and light therapy.

In the FAQs on Recouleur.com, we talk about repigmentation and taking vitamins “Because people are different, this may not happen for everyone. It is still an important part of healing.”

Caroline furthers this “Of course, there are no guarantees with any vitiligo treatment, so I have no idea if the virtually total re-pigmentation I have achieved is possible for everyone. But perhaps my experience will at least offer some encouragement to others who may have given up hope of ever seeing their natural skin colour return. “

Recouleur Publishes New Book on Vitamin Therapy for the Treatment of Vitiligo

New book The Use of Vitamin Therapy for the Treatment of Vitiligo reveals new approach to treating vitiligo

The Use of Vitamin Therapy for the Treatment of Vitiligo is the new book from vitiligo and nutrition specialist Audrey VanStockum. It reveals a minimum of three to six months of vitamin therapy can help to slow vitiligo progression and impart some repigmentation.

Prospect Heights (January 2017) – The newly published The Use of Vitamin Therapy for the Treatment of Vitiligo from acclaimed author Audrey VanStockum is a must for anyone with an interest in vitiligo. The book is ideal as a support for individual sufferers, such as VanStockum herself, and as a tool for dermatologists, general practitioners, dermatology nurses. It’s now available on www.Recouleur.com

The Use of Vitamin Therapy for the Treatment of Vitiligo reveals the ground-breaking Three-Prong Approach™ for treating vitiligo, mobilizing healing to inhibit disease advancement and restore skin pigment using Use of Vitamin Therapy for the Treatment of Vitiligovitamin/nutritional therapy, phototherapy, and topicals. Data suggests a minimum of three to six months of vitamin therapy, with or without phototherapy and topicals, can help slow down vitiligo progression and impart some degree of repigmentation.

Vitiligo is a common, acquired skin pigmentation disorder that can significantly impact quality of life, as VanStockum knows from personal experience. Experts believe oxidative stress plays an important role in the development of vitiligo and causes melanocyte damage, while research shows the underlying mechanisms of vitiligo differ from person to person.

After years of research and hard work, and thanks to support from the National Science Foundation, VanStockum developed a patented vitamin formulation for treating hypopigmentation of the hair and skin (embodied in Recouleur® dietary supplement). Now, she is sharing her findings on how vitamin therapy can slow progression of vitiligo and deliver some degree of repigmentation, with scientific evidence to back it up. She explains, “It has been my life’s work to study the interaction of different vitamins with vitiligo, in order to help all those who suffer from the same skin condition as me. My goal has been to find a safe, viable solution that draws on natural vitamins and minerals in order to inhibit the advance of vitiligo and ideally restore pigment to skin. Vitiligo can have devastating consequences, but there’s a way forward for vitiligo sufferers.”

Written in clear, compassionate language, this book lays out the role vitamins play in managing vitiligo. It draws on a host of studies and scientific findings, dating back to the 1931 case study considered to be the forerunner to vitamin therapy for vitiligo. It explains which vitamins can help vitiligo and why, including photographs demonstrating the effects of vitamin supplementation on repigmentation.

Vitiligo sufferers, dermatologists and general practitioners can use The Use of Vitamin Therapy for the Treatment of Vitiligo to uncover essential information about vitamin therapy to incorporate into vitiligo treatment strategies.

ISBN: 978-0-9857085-1-1       Price: $24.95   Available from www.Recouleur.com

For more information, email publicrelations@recouleur.com or visit www.Recouleur.com

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

Vitiligo Vitamin & Book Bundled Offer – Save $20 – Ends Dec. 31

Offer Ends December 31, 2016

Vitiligo Vitamin & Book Bundle

Get healthier skin with this perfect pair.

Buy 1 jar Recouleur® and get the book Skin Deep for $5

Skin Deep: A Mind / Body Program for Healthy Skin by Dr. Ted Grossbart helps you recognize stress in your life, learn to reduce it, understand how it can exacerbate vitiligo and other skin conditions. Author Ted Grossbart has been a keynote speaker at Vitiligo Support International conferences . Regular price $25.21, book is $5 when you buy 1 jar Recouleur®. That’s a $20 savings. Add both to your cart, discount applied at checkout.  This offer ends December 31, 2016 so buy now!

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.