This is a skin disorder that causes the skin to lose its natural color and makes white spots appear in certain areas. Learn what it is all about.
The disease gained attention since the renowned models Winnie Harlow and Aiesha Robinson revealed that they suffer from it. Since their announcement, major designers have chosen them to serve as images that breaks certain aesthetic paradigms.
Vitiligo is a disease that causes the skin to lose its color. According to studies conducted by the Harvard School of Medicine, while its cause is still unknown, it is most likely an autoimmune disease, and the patient’s immune system attacks the cells that give the skin pigment.
How it occurs
While the loss of the skin’s color is a typical sign of this disease, especially in areas exposed to the sun, it can also occur in any other part of the body such as on the genitals, stomach, groin, in the underarms and even in interior areas such as the rectum.
The interesting thing about vitiligo is that in most cases its spots are symmetrical. It is also common for those who are affected by it to experience a significant amount of premature graying of the hair (before age 30) and that the scalp is not affected.
Keep in mind that its progression is unpredictable, it affects both men and women equally and it is not contagious.
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