How to Treat Vitiligo Using Red clay

Vitiligo is a rare skin condition where certain area of your skin appear as white patches because they are deprived of pigmentation. As a person with vitiligo advance in age, those white patches expand in size. Since vitiligo affects the looks of a person, it can have a psychological effect, which can dent a person’s self-esteem. Though it doesn’t affect the overall health, but the white patches are sensitive to sun exposure. It is more noticeable on dark skin people as a result of the contrast in skin colors.

There are yet no scientific research to prove that certain home remedies, including red clay can help cure vitiligo. However, many claim red clay, which is rich in copper content, helps to synthesize melanin in the body.

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Adding foods rich in copper into your diet can help in vitiligo. These include;

  • Whole grains
  • Cashew nuts
  • Shellfish
  • Organ meats (kidneys, liver),
  • Beans,
  • Dried fruits such as prunes
  • Cocoa
  • Potatoes,
  • Dark leafy greens,,
  • Black pepper

How to use red clay to eliminate vitiligo

Red clay is used globally for natural treatment of vitiligo. Red clay has high levels of the micronutrient copper. Red clay helps copper to permeate the skin where it can help melanin synthesis to get the skin color black. There are no risks attached to using red clay as a natural remedy to get rid of vitiligo.

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Items needed

  • 1 teaspoon of red clay
  • 1  teaspoon ginger juice


  • Mix 1 teaspoon of red clay with 1 teaspoon of ginger juice to form a thick paste
  • Massage the paste gently on affected white patches for a minute or so
  • Ensure the paste in the same ratio if the skin area to cover requires more paste
  • Keep a thick layer of the paste on your skin as mask
  • Leave it there for 30 minutes
  • Rinse it with warm water
  • Repeat 2-3 times daily for best results

The ginger in the paste supposedly helps to improve blood circulation for the copper in the red clay to get absorbed by the skin. Copper will help melanin synthesis to release pigments which will then get rid of the vitiligo white patches.

Disclaimer: The content provided on is purely informative and educational in nature and should not be interpreted as medical advice. Please use the content only in consultation with an appropriate certified medical doctor or healthcare professional.


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