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 usingsunscreen 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 asun 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.
Techniblock is a South African sunscreen that has been protecting people from the harsh South African sun for more than 20 years. It was introduced to the UK market over 10 years ago and has become one of the leading high protection sunscreens in both the UK and Europe. Developed and manufactured by a South African pharmaceutical company in a world-class lab, the formula uses the latest BASF sunscreen and anti-pore blocking 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 (the Cancer Association of South Africa) as a preventative measure against skin cancer and carries CANSA's SunSmart logo.
Some people who have Vitiligo might be tempted to use sunbeds or sunbathe to add colour to their skin but this is not recommended as the patches of skin that have lost pigment burn extremely easily. It is vitally important that daily sunscreen is used.
We have a number of customers with Vitiligo and their feedback has been very positive, confirming that Techniblock's high protection SPF 50+ and SPF 50 sunscreens offer an ideal solution to protect the skin. The SPF 50+ has a sun protection factor of 56-61 (very high). Recently, a new SPF 50 Active Performance has been added to the range and the formula is free from oxybenzone and octinoxate, making it kind to your skin and ocean-friendly.