National Vitiligo Foundation

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What is vitiligo, and why should I care?

By Charles E. Crutchfield III, MD 


Vitiligo is a condition where white patches occur on the skin. This was a condition that Michael Jackson had. It can be particularly troubling when patients have tan, brown or dark brown skin, as the spots are much more obvious. Socially and psychologically, vitiligo can be devastating and have profound quality-of-life effects.  

What causes vitiligo? 

Vitiligo is a condition where the cells in the skin that produce color (melanocytes) either die early, or are inappropriately destroyed by the patient’s immune system. Continue Reading →

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