Vitiligo is a condition which causes the de-pigmentation of the skin. Its distinct characteristic is the presence of white patches on the body. Considering the fact that this type of skin condition is present across the world, and about 3% of the world population has been affected by it, the real cause is still unknown and there is no known cure for it yet.
People with Vitiligo can manage their condition by making lifestyle and diet changes, increasing their intake of vitamins A and B and using sunscreen every day. Vitiligo patches tend to burn quite easily so it is very important to protect them from the harmful rays of the sun and sufferers should always wear a high factor sunscreen every day, regardless of the weather. The problem with high factor sunscreens is that they are often thick, sticky creams that leave a greasy residue on the skin. This makes them uncomfortable to wear and Vitiligo sufferers end up trying to avoid the sun at all costs or risk getting burnt because they can’t find a good quality, easy to use sunscreen to protect the delicate patches of skin that have lost pigmentation.
However, there is a sun protection on the market that is comfortable and easy to wear, every single day of the year; a light, breathable aerosol spray that isn't sticky or greasy and won't block pores and cause irritating skin rashes.
We discovered Techniblock in South Africa and introduced it to the UK market in 2010. Techniblock is manufactured by a pharmaceutical South African company in their world-class lab and uses the latest BASF sunscreen technology. The formula is of the highest standard, compliant with both South African and European legislation.
The light spray does not contain lanolin, oils or emulsifiers; the UV filters are encapsulated in an ethanol spray that evaporates on contact with the skin, leaving behind only the ingredients needed to protect against sunburn. It absorbs quickly and easily to form an invisible but highly effective UV barrier that is extremely resistant to water and perspiration.
Techniblock is formally recognised by CANSA (Cancer Association of South Africa) as a preventative measure against skin cancer and carries CANSA's SunSmart logo.
Some Vitiligo suffers might be tempted to use sunbeds or sunbathe to add colour to their skin but patches of skin that have lost pigment burn extremely easily and so it is vitally important that daily sunscreen is used.
If you are a Vitiligo sufferer and have tried all day sunscreens like P20 and Ultrasun, you will be impressed with Techniblock. One quick spray and you can go about your day safe in the knowledge that you are protecting the delicate patches of skin that have lost pigmentation.
We have a number of customers who live with vitiligo and highly recommend Techniblock. The original SPF 50+ range or the new, recently improved and marine-friendly SPF 50 Active Performance range both offer high protection for 5+ hours in one application.