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Vitiligo is a condition where the skin loses melanin - the pigment that determines the color of the skin, hair and eyes.  Vitiligo occurs when the cells that produce melanin die or no longer form melanin causing white patches of irregular shapes to appear on your skin.  Vitiligo generally appears in one of three patterns:


  • focal - depigmentation is limited to one or a few areas of your body
  • segmental - loss of skin color occurs on only one side of your body
  • generalized - pigment loss is widespread across many parts your body

Symptoms may include:


  • premature whitening or graying of the hair on your scalp, eyelashes, eyebrows or beard
  • loss of color in the mucous membranes
  • loss or change in color of the inner layer of your eye

Causes may include:


The exact cause is unknown.


Treatment may include:


  • various treatment to even out skin tone, either by restoring color (pigment) or destroying the remaining color

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