Vitiligo is a relatively common skin disorder, in which white spots or patches appear on the skin. These spots are caused by destruction or weakening of the pigment cells in those areas, resulting in the pigment being destroyed or no longer produced. In most cases, vitiligo is believed to be an autoimmune-related disorder. Although researchersmore...
are not exactly sure what causes the autoimmune response, more is being learned every year. In vitiligo, only the color of the skin is affected. The texture and other skin qualities remain normal.
People who develop vitiligo usually first notice white patches or spots (depigmentation) on their skin. The skin remains of normal texture, and there is usually no itching or other symptoms. These patches are more obvious in sun-exposed areas, including the hands, feet, arms, legs, face, and lips. Other common areas for white patches to appear are the armpits and groin and around the mouth, eyes, nostrils, navel, and genitals. Vitiligo generally appears in one of three patterns. In one pattern (focal pattern), the depigmentation is limited to one or only a few areas. Some people develop depigmented patches on only one side of their bodies (segmental vitiligo). But for most people who have vitiligo, depigmentation occurs on different parts of the body (generalized vitiligo), often similar on each side of the body. In addition to white patches on the skin, some people with vitiligo may experience white hair growing in on the scalp, eyelas...
I have vitiligo. For some people it doesn't go full blown, leaving many with white-spotted skin contrasting with their normal skin tone. Fortunately for me, my skin is all the same color, tho i am VERY fair skinned now. Some people give good comments on my skin because it is unusual, others can't help being rude and have to point out that i am so white. Like i didn't already know.
The biggest downside is that i have to remain out of the sun or use extremely protective sunblock. I went to a baseball game and forgot my sunblock. I'm not kidding, I blistered for 3 weeks!!! I can burn badly in 45 minutes or less. Vitiligo is more common than you think, and i didn't start getting it until i was 27. I've seen people of every race and color that have it. At first, i was very self conscious about it. But i've grown used to it and i kinda like that i don't look like everyone else. I certainly don't look like a freak, just very white-skinned.