Dihydroxyacetone (DHA) Offers Potential In Vitiligo
I have been using the Vitiligo Cover Lotion for over four years because it has been the only method I have found to successfully cover the white patches of vitiligo. Vitiligo Cover lotion offers marvelous results because it contains 8% DHA (most over-the-counter products range from 3% to 5%), along with other all-natural ingredients that are beneficial for healthy skin: rosehips oil, shea butter, & walnut oil, to name a few.
Dihydroxyacetone (DHA) is the key ingredient in vitiligo cover lotion to color the skin. It has been misconceived that DHA may exacerbate vitiligo. There has been no research or medical data to substantiate this idea, but for whatever reason, it was accepted by certain people in the vitiligo community. Today I came across medical research which contradicts this notion.
I have posted the original article below:
Dihydroxyacetone offers potential in vitiligo
By Samantha Crofskey
11 April 2008
Int J Dermatol 2008; 47: 402-406
MedWire News: Dihydroxyacetone (DHA) may be an effective and well-tolerated therapeutic option for Asian patients with vitiligo, study findings suggest.
Natta Rajatanavin and colleagues, from Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand, conducted a retrospective analysis of 20 patients with vitiligo of the face and/or hands and feet who received treatment with 6% DHA cream.
The mean age of the patients was 44 years. There were 17 patients with generalized vitiligo, two patients with acrotype vitiligo, and one with segmental type. The mean body surface area involvement was 4.6%.
The cream was applied needed, and assessment of response was evaluated by telephone interview.
Satisfaction of the treatment was assessed by a scoring system of 0-10, with mild (score of 0-4), moderate (5-7), and marked (8-10) satisfaction categories.
Sixteen (80%) patients reported moderate-to-marked satisfaction with the cosmetic results of DHA. Marked satisfaction was reported by seven patients, moderate satisfaction was reported by nine patients, and a further two patients reported mild satisfaction. The mean satisfaction score was 6.5.
Eight patients applied DHA every day to maintain a matching color, with the frequency of application ranging from 1-7 days. The color was reported to last between 1.5 and 14.0 days after a single application.
Writing in the International Journal of Dermatology, Rajatanavin and colleagues conclude: “Dihydroxyacetone offers a safe camouflage option in recalcitrant vitiligo areas with rapid and cosmetically satisfying brown staining, especially on the hands and feet where all modalities of treatment often fail.”
here is another source which tested dha on patients with vitiligo: http://content.karger.com/ProdukteDB/produkte.asp?Doi=51757