What is Vitiligo?
Vitiligo is a condition causing patches of pale, white skin. Although the appearance of the skin may cause distress, there are usually no other symptoms associated with it. The white patches normally persist throughout life and result from a loss of melanin – a pigment produced by the skin. This in turn may be due to the destruction of pigment-producing cells by the body’s immune system.
The patches usually appear on the face, neck, hands, folds of skin, the scalp or around the genitalia.
Vitiligo affects between 0.5 and 2% of the world population although it usually affects those with darker skin. There are various treatments available which aim to minimise the appearance of white patches.