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Vitiligo treated with pepper?

15th February 2008

A study by researchers at King’s College London has shown that black pepper could provide a new treatment for the skin disease vitiligo.

The condition - where areas of skin lose their normal pigment and become white - responded to piperine, the element that gives black pepper its flavour. Published in the British Journal of Dermatology, the study suggested that piperine can stimulate pigmentation in the skin and the discovery may now lead to the development of treatments for vitiligo, which affects about one in 100 people.

 

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