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Vitamin D deficiency prevalent in autoimmune skin disorder

Posted on: January 15, 2013   by  Kate Saley


Researchers in Egypt report a link between vitamin D deficiency and vitiligo, an autoimmune skin disease characterized by loss of pigmentation (brown color) from areas of the skin.

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9 Responses to Vitamin D deficiency prevalent in autoimmune skin disorder

  1. Kate Saley

    Thanks for the additional info Rita! The second link seems to be “private.” Let us know if you find the article somewhere else.

  2. pollykocher

    a little story about my son, born in 1990 who has vitiligo. at age 5, he had dozens of flat tiny black dots on his body–trunk primarily–and after a family vacation to sunny florida (from Illinois) those black dots all developed a white halo, which i assumed were vitiligo. over time they faded and now there is no evidence of them. He does however have big patches of vitiligo over both knees. I always thought i should tell ‘someone’ about this…as his doctors just shrug…anyone have any insight…

  3. [email protected]

    I have been told at age 21 that I had neuro dermatitis and the doc said, “what is bothering you”? So, for 44 years I suffered, cracked and bleeding skin on hands during the winter and itching during the summer. Seemed to go away in summer! Strange? Moisture? But it got worse in September ( I live in NY state). The moisture did not change in September. Confusing! So started vitamin D and at 2,000 a day it went away and never came back! It is now eight years later and still no problem! Anecdotal evidence….sure. Works for me!

  4. clubtan

    I have a client who uses the tanning bed to slow the progression of his vitiligo 😉

  5. Kate Saley

    k2pdj that’s great news. Have you told your doctor about your experience? Also, how long were you supplementing before you saw an improvement?



  6. [email protected]

    Update: large doses of Vitamin D given to Vitiligo patients in Brazil
    Decreased vitiligo on most of the 16 patients. Full details at

  7. IAW

    We are always complaining here, at the VDC blog, that the researchers are using such small amounts of Vitamin D3 in their studies.

    Well Henry (VitaminDWiki above) gave the link above to a study in which “Nine patients with psoriasis and 16 patients with vitiligo received vitamin D3 35,000 IU once daily for six months in association with a low-calcium diet (avoiding dairy products and calcium-enriched foods like oat, rice or soya “milk”) and hydration (minimum 2.5 L daily).”

    To read the outcome please see Henry’s link above or http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24494059

  8. Rita and Misty

    IAW~I absolutely love the VDC–this cyberspace creation, and those who helped develop it are all geniuses–in my opinion.

    The Vitamin D Council online community is amazing…where else may we gather to chat, to debate, to brainstorm and to deliberate, if not here? I enjoy these discussion so very much.

    If I ever complain about the low doses used in studies and trials, I am sorry, IAW. Actually, it isn’t the dose that matters at all.

    The only thing that matters is a person’s vitamin D blood level. And I hope I am alive to see the day when trials use an optimal vitamin D blood level as a gauge.

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