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Leucoderma: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments


Leucoderma, is a rather rare occurrence and requires treatment for recovery and to prevent further spread. Kayakalp Global prioritizes comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of leucoderma that prevents risks of further spread or emotional toll on the patients.

The two terms leucoderma and vitiligo are often considered the same, but is it really the case? Can these two conditions be used interchangeably? Technically, they are often used interchangeably, and while the symptoms are similar in either of these conditions, the way they manifest in the patient differs.

Leucoderma’s list of causes is pretty different than that of vitiligo since it isn’t due to an autoimmune disorder. In most cases, the causes are triggered by external factors like burns, skin diseases, etc.

More on the causes, symptoms, and treatment options for Leucoderma will be discussed in this article.

What is Leucoderma?

Leucoderma is a skin condition that leads to the loss of skin pigmentation and the appearance of white patches on the skin. Although the white patches can occur on any part of the skin, it is predominant on the face, hands, arms, and legs.

Leucoderma is not contagious, and it is not harmful. However, it can be a disfiguring condition affecting a person’s self-esteem.

This is one of the reasons why Kayakalp Global prioritizes bringing holistic, integrated (Ayurveda and Allopathy) and effective treatment for the patients so they never have to compromise on their quality of life.

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What are the Causes of Leucoderma?

Before we walk you through the list of causes of leucoderma, we must understand what vitiligo is. It might sound surprising, but it will make sense eventually, so kindly read until the end.

Vitiligo is an autoimmune disorder that damages the melanocytes, leading to a lack of pigmentation on that particular spot on the skin. This contributes to the appearance of white patches on the skin.

So, what sets leucoderma apart from vitiligo? Leucoderma also leads to the appearance of white patches all over the skin. The only difference is that the appearance of white patches on the skin is triggered after a traumatic injury, wound healing, or burns.

Even though the symptoms of leucoderma and vitiligo are pretty much the same, the causes differ. Some of the primary causes include:

  • Thermal burns
  • Eczema
  • Accidental cuts
  • Fungal infections
  • Ulcers, etc.

These particular conditions lead to the appearance of white patches on the skin once the skin starts healing.

Some of the other potential risk factors that can trigger the onset of Leucoderma in patients include congenital abnormalities like Tuberous sclerosis, partial albinism, Waardenburg syndrome, and Piebaldism.

What are the Symptoms of Leucoderma?

From the beginning of this article, we have been highlighting that the symptoms of leucoderma and vitiligo are the same. This is one of the main reasons most patients confuse these two conditions, and the terms are often used interchangeably.

That said, one of the primary symptoms of leucoderma is the development of white patches on the skin, especially in a localized spot on the face, neck, arms, or legs. There are chances that the white patches might progress and spread to other parts of the body as well.

One major difference between leucoderma and vitiligo symptoms is that the symptoms of leucoderma generally don’t affect the hair color and eyelashes or the eye color too. This is because leucoderma isn’t triggered by an autoimmune disease.

What is the Mode of Diagnosis of Leucoderma?

Diagnosis of leucoderma is crucial to implement a relevant treatment plan for the patient’s recovery. Since the symptoms of leucoderma and vitiligo are the same, a comprehensive diagnosis is usually a multi-step approach.

Instead of simply seeing the symptoms and telling the patient they have vitiligo, our specialists at Kayakalp Global focus on a holistic route of diagnosis that involves:

  • Looking into the patient’s medical history
  • Assessing whether or not the patient has been exposed to any kinds of triggers of leucoderma like injuries, burns, skin disorders, etc.
  • Discuss when the white spots became visible on the skin and if they are localized or are spreading to other parts of the body

Depending on these factors, our specialists can confirm whether the patient suffers from leucoderma or vitiligo. Irrespective of the diagnosis, the treatment route for either is pretty much the same.

What is Kayakalp Global’s Approach to Treating Leucoderma?

The leucoderma treatment for each patient at Kayakalp Global is tailored to their symptoms, medical history, and the severity of the condition.

Irrespective of how the white patches occur on the skin, we need to understand that the white patches develop due to the destruction of the melanocytes.

At Kayakalp Global, our treatment options involve the combined power of Ayurveda and Allopathy to re-pigment the areas on the skin where the white patches have developed. Since leucoderma isn’t a direct manifestation of an autoimmune disorder, the white patches (in most cases) are localized in one area of the skin.

Hence, managing leucoderma with relevant treatment is often much more effective and efficient.

Here’s a breakdown of the treatment steps that our specialists at Kayakalp Global follow for our leucoderma patients:


The first step is where our patients directly reach out to us via a teleconsultation booking or our WhatsApp contact. Once the patient sends the images of their white spots, a consultation is scheduled, and one of our specialists will revert to the patient’s inquiry.

During the initial consultation, the doctor assesses the white spot, takes note of the patient’s medical history, and aligns a tailored treatment plan to help them overcome the symptoms eventually.

Tailored Treatment

Based on the initial consultation, the next step is curating a tailored treatment plan. During this, our specialists prescribe color-forming herbal medications to the patients.

Almost all of our medications are formulated by our doctors and are clinically certified to ensure they are 100% safe for consumption and topical application.

Blood Tests

In some cases, the symptoms of leucoderma could be due to nutrient deficiencies in the body, which is why our specialists at Kayakalp Global also prescribe a few blood tests for assessing the levels of copper, Vitamin B12, and folic acid in the blood.

If the test results show signs of deficiencies, further modifications are made to the treatment plan of the patient.


Following the initial consultation, we urge the patients to follow the instructions mentioned by the specialists for the next three months. The blend of our medications and sun exposure assures promising re-pigmentation results within three months.

The patients are then scheduled for a follow-up consultation after three months to check the progress and implement any relevant modifications to the prescription if needed.

After three months from the initial treatment, we assess the effectiveness of the treatment and then switch the patient to a maintenance treatment plan.


Leucoderma can take a toll on one’s emotional well-being and even trigger body image issues among affected individuals. If you are struggling with similar complexities, consulting an experienced dermatologist and specialist can help with a confirmed diagnosis, followed by a tailored treatment plan.

Our specialists at Kayakalp Global are here to revolutionize leucoderma treatment and make it more accessible for patients. Irrespective of where you live in India or globally, our teleconsultation services are here to help you overcome your challenges and live a life free of leucoderma.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Does leucoderma spread quickly?

Compared to vitiligo, leucoderma spreads a lot slower and often doesn’t spread to other parts of the body in the patient. However, every patient’s case is different, so it also depends on the root cause and the trigger factors.

  1. Is leucoderma treatable?

Leucoderma is treatable, and with the correct concoction of treatments used at Kayakalp Global, we have successfully repigment the skin for our patients, helping patients lead an improved quality of life with better self-esteem and confidence.

  1. Does stress trigger leucoderma?

Some excerpts depict the potential connection between stress and leucoderma, but there aren’t many conclusive studies that confirm the potential connection 100%, so it’s tough to conclude.

  1. What are the best home remedies for leucoderma?

Some of the most popular home remedies for leucoderma include mustard oil and turmeric paste, honey, bakuchi paste, ghee, pepper, etc.

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