As a qualified all-round beauty therapist and skin therapist, Jasmijn enters contact with skin and skin illness every day. Just recently she was detected with vitiligo by the skin specialist. She had never ever thought about that she herself might ever end up being a patient of a skin condition. This is her personal story. “I comprehend my patient.”

” Have you been being in the sun for too long with your sunglasses? Exactly what are those areas on your hands? Are you ill?’

What do those white areas do suddenly?

Like every morning, I was preparing for the mirror for the day. What do those white areas do unexpectedly? I looked at my eyes in amazement. For a moment I believed I may have been being in the sun for too long with my sunglasses on. A couple of months later the areas around my eyes seemed to become whiter. Did I possibly utilize a wrong eye cream?

When I started my skin therapy training last year, I found out more and more about vitiligo. The story was really much like my symptoms at that time. A growing number of white spots appeared on my wrist, my fingers and in my neck. At that minute I decided it sufficed and I needed to know exactly what was happening with me.

At the time I had a lesson from Jantine van’t Klooster [director Stichting Nationaal Huidfonds, instructor of hbo Skin Treatment and blogger Huidhuis] I asked her for recommendations and whether she did not take place to know what it might be. Jantine encouraged me to go to the skin specialist. So said, done that method. The skin doctor informed me within 5 minutes that I have vitiligo.

The effect of vitiligo on my life

Of course, I myself had the concept that it may be vitiligo, however I had no idea of the effect of this skin condition on my life. In the beginning I found it really hard to see my skin and hence my appearance modification. The couple of spots I had made me insecure. I camouflaged them with make-up. I hesitated that individuals would think that as a beauty consultant and future skin therapist, I would not care for my skin properly and I would rather not desire them as a therapist.

In the meantime I have actually had the ability to convert this believed into something favorable with the help of my environment. ‘Patients will simply wish to come to you, because you, as an experience expert, understand much better than anybody what influence someone has and what individuals can do about it themselves!’ stated my sis Annemieke. My buddy, Kris, is extremely down-to-earth and says that I will still be lovely for him.

My moms and dads were surprised by it, however assist me to accept that it is. They advise me that the white areas on my light skin do not stick out so quickly. I likewise know that they support me when I want to be treated if the spots become worse.

All puzzle pieces in location

All puzzle pieces are now in place. My body immune system is lower (see box below) than someone else’s, and my body is less protective against foreign compounds. That is why I have actually always been so susceptible to getting sick rapidly and it constantly took me so long to recuperate completely.

It is very important to support my immune system with healthy food and the ideal nutritional supplements. In addition, I attempt to keep my ‘stress level’ as low as possible, because studies reveal that tension intensifies the vitiligo.

When it comes to problems that fit the scientific picture within other autoimmune illness, I need to understand that I have a higher chance of establishing these illness. In addition, it is crucial to safeguard the skin with vitiligo from the sun. The sun will create new locations and will increase the contrast in between my own skin color and the color of the spots. This will make the spots stick out a lot more.

This vacation I have actually also protected well with a factor of 50. In addition, I wear practically every day, sun or no sun, an element 30. In the summer I protect the skin in my face almost every day by an aspect of 50 and skin on my body too. In the winter season I use an element of 30 on my face every day. Lube, lubricate, lube!

I understand my patient

The positive side of my skin condition is the fact that I can better comprehend my clients. The quality of life has actually been decreased in many clients with a chronic skin problem and I can now make a much better impression of this. I can also tell the patient target group with vitiligo a lot about the treatment alternatives and the individual measures that can be required to restrict the size of the condition. This makes my job as a skin therapist even more grateful and fun!

Exactly what is vitiligo?

Vitiligo is a condition in which milk-white spots on the skin occur since the pigment cells in the skin break. Vitiligo is quite common. About 0.5 to 2% of the world’s population has the condition. It can take place at any age, however in half of individuals the condition debuts prior to the 20th year of life.

Vitiligo is not severe, but can be an extremely unpleasant condition. It is not yet clear exactly why the pigment cells in the skin break down. Several factors seem to play a role in the development of vitiligo. Possibly the immune system of the own body attacks the pigment cells. This idea is enhanced since people with vitiligo typically have other conditions where their own immune system attacks the body (autoimmune illness), such as diabetes.