What is vitiligo?
Vitiligo is a condition in which areas of skin lose their normal pigment and so become white. It is common, and affects about 1% of the world’s population.
What are the symptoms of vitiligo?
These fall into two groups:
The sun burns the pale areas very easily. This is sore, and when the burn has settled down, the pale areas of vitiligo will stand out, more strikingly than before, against a background of tanned skin.
Many people become embarrassed or depressed by the look of their vitiligo, and by the questions that other people ask them about it.