What is vitiligo?
Vitiligo is a skin condition that causes a loss of pigment in patches on the skin. The condition is not contagious nor is it life threatening. The condition is characterized by the formation of smooth patches of skin that appear lighter than your normal skin tone or may even turn white. Vitiligo can occur anywhere on the body and even can affect the hair or inside of the mouth.
People of all skin types and tones can develop vitiligo, but the condition is most visible in people with darker skin tones since the contrast of the pigmentless areas is more noticeable. Vitiligo is a common condition, affecting 0.5 to 1 percent of the worldwide population. This figure may be more since people can underreport the condition. While treatment for vitiligo is not necessary, some may prefer treatment to help relieve stress or social anxiety around the condition.