It would be guarded in one of the spices most commonly used on our table the secret to defeating the unsightly white spots caused by vitiligo , a skin disease whose origin, though many hypotheses have been advanced, is still unknown. In fact, piperine, a substance found in black pepper, would have the power to give a darker appearance to the skin in no time. The discovery of a group of researchers at King’s College London and was published by the British Journal of Dermatology. In an experimental study, conducted on laboratory mice, British researchers have applied the piperine on the guinea pig skin in a few weeks getting his darkening.
Some of the mice treated with piperine were also treated to phototherapy-based UV . It ‘was found that while treatment with piperine alone made it darker skin in just six weeks, when this was accompanied exposure to UV rays could be more noticeable and lasting results in less time. The effect of piperine was due to its ability to stimulate the melanocytes in the skin, the cells responsible for its color. The discovery could prove important for all people with vitiligo, because the use of this drug would be useful to fill areas made clear from the disease because of abnormal pigmentation that start in the corruption that melonociti stop producing melanin .
Vitiligo is a disease that affects about 1% of world population, occurring equally in both sexes. Makes its appearance first of twenty years and unfortunately the depigmented areas of skin are often quite visible (hands, neck, face, eye and lip contour) for this reason, sufferers often experience a marked psychological distress and difficulty in relationships interpersonal. Currently there are many possible therapies targeted according to the specific needs of the patient (type of vitiligo and skin type, just as an example). Furthermore, vitiligo is not only an aesthetic problem because it is often associated with autoimmune diseases.
We do not know if and when marketed dermatological preparations containing Piperine. But even in this case the advice is as always: if you are suffering from vitiligo consult a dermatologist. Will give you all the information you need and indicate the best treatment in your case.