Do you have patchy discoloured skin on various parts of your body? Do you also feel extreme irritation from sunlight whenever you expose your body to it? If yes, you are most certainly suffering from a skin condition called vitiligo. It occurs when the cells producing melanin, a pigment, either die or stop working. Vitiligo keeps expanding throughout your life making the patches look bigger. Though this disease is not contagious or life-threatening, you may feel a loss of self-confidence. Notably, there is no safe permanent treatment available for vitiligo. Through light-based therapies and other treatment options, you may get rid of the old patches but new ones can appear anytime.

To prevent further aggravation of the white patches, you need to bring a change to your daily diet. Here are a few foods that you should not eat in this condition.

Sour Food Items

The acidic nature of sour foods can potentially inhibit the production of melanin. They hamper the process of melanogenesis. That is why people suffering from vitiligo are told not to have citrus fruits, sour yogurt, or pickles. You can eat fruits that are sweet but rich in vitamin C.

Inflammation-Causing Veggies

Certain vegetables including white eggplant, potato, tomatoes, and paprika can cause inflammation in your body and these are known to contribute to the onset or aggravation of vitiligo.

Processed Foods

Vitiligo is an autoimmune condition in which your immune cells damage the cells producing melanin. That is why people suffering from vitiligo are advised not to eat anything that can negatively impact their immune systems. For example, processed foods are packed with unhealthy preservatives and should be avoided.