National Vitiligo Bond Inc Foundation

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Vitiligo Itch – Potential Triggers and Irritants


Many of our members talk about the itch factor when living with vitiligo. Have you heard of occupational vitiligo? Well, there are ingredients to look for in products you use that can make you itchy. These ingredients can be contributing to the itch as well as triggering vitiligo patches on your skin.  Not everyone will experience ‘the itch’ only people who are highly sensitive to the key ingredient below which can be found in many of these products.  Some of our members use over the counter allergy medicine to control the itch.  We suggest checking with your allergist to figure out your treatment options.


  • Do you put a band aid on and when you remove it your skin is red and itchy? (Adhesives)
  • Do you process photos? (Photographic Materials)
  • Do you work with cars and build houses? (Synthetic oils, Motor Oil, Formaldehyde Resins)
  • Are you an exterminator? (Insecticides)
  • Do you work in a print room? (Duplicating Paper, Inks)
  • Other triggering chemicals: Cleaning germicidal detergents, disinfectants, rubber, latex, some soap antioxidants and some deodorants.




Natasha Pierre McCarthy is the proud founder of Vitiligo Bond Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing support and encouragement to individuals with vitiligo. From a vision through teaching as a Christian business professor, Vitiligo Bond was created. We educate through creative forms to patients and the public. Through vitiligo 101 sessions at Emory University with Dr. Holla, special community events, social media, partner support groups, public figures and state leaders we are able to bond and have available support for anyone suffering with vitiligo. Vitiligo Bond has created a path for vitiligo awareness and positive expression. We now have the following states through Governor Proclamations that recognize vitiligo awareness: {Colorado, Georgia, Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Jersey, North Carolina, South Carolina, & West Virginia}. In addition, Vitiligo Bond has been recognized by Congressman Hank Johnson. Congressman Johnson was also instrumental in our advocacy efforts to help get special recognition during the month of June from our President Obama to recognize and stand together with people who suffer with vitiligo. I believe that God created us for a purpose and everyone deserves the right to have fullness and a quality life. We all have the ability to shine. Vitiligo Bond Inc. is constantly working to raise awareness of the mysterious illness and use their platform in order to fund research that will hopefully lead to the discovery of the cause and a cure for vitiligo.

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