Coolibar Sun Protective Clothing Helps People Living With Vitiligo

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Coolibar offers the best in sun protection, it is our only focus. Every garment we sell is given a UPF rating to ensure protection for people living with vitiligo. Our products include sun protective clothing for women and men, hats, sun protective swimwear, UV Sunglasses and multispectrum sunscreens and sunblocks.

Vitiligo and the Importance of Sun Protection

What is vitiligo?
Vitiligo is a skin disorder in which white spots or patches appear on the skin. These spots are caused by destruction or weakening of the pigment cells in those areas, resulting in the pigment being destroyed or no longer produced. In vitiligo, only the color of the skin is affected. The texture and other skin qualities remain normal.

What are the symptoms of vitiligo?
People who develop vitiligo usually first notice white patches or spots (depigmentation) on their skin. The white patches are more obvious in sun-exposed areas, including the hands, feet, arms, legs face, and lips.

What causes vitiligo?
Many believe that vitiligo is a type of autoimmune disorder, in which the body's immune system sees the pigment cells in the skin as foreign bodies, and attacks them. The basis for this autoimmune disorder is believed by many to be genetic. Stress, traumatic events, injury, or severe sunburns, may trigger or exacerbate vitiligo in those who are susceptible, though this has not been substantiated

Are there any other symptoms?
Other than the white patches of skin, there are no other physical symptoms of vitiligo. As a secondary effect, vitiligo patches will tend to sunburn more easily, and sun protection (sun protective clothing and sunscreen) is often recommended.

What treatment options are available?
For a comprehensive review of treatment options for vitiligo, please refer to the Vitiligo Support International website. Several types of treatment require that a person avoid sunlight for 12-24 hours and wear wrap around sunglasses for eye protection.

Because the characteristics and course of vitiligo may vary significantly among individuals, it is important to emphasize that a thorough medical evaluation and ongoing medical supervision are essential to ensure proper diagnosis and treatment.

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