Life with Vitiligo

Life with Vitiligo | Spectrum Dermatology, Scottsdale

Life with Vitiligo

Vitiligo is a disease that affects the skin’s pigment cells, and while there is no cure for vitiligo, there are treatments. Spectrum Dermatology specializes in offering a rich variety of dermatological treatments which can help decrease the appearance of vitiligo and increase self-confidence. Although vitiligo isn’t physically dangerous, it can be damaging to a person’s self-esteem and affect mental, emotional, and social well-being.

Vitiligo presents as patchy losses of skin color. Anyone of any ethnicity can have vitiligo, but it is only apparent in those with more melanin (someone with very fair skin may have vitiligo and never realize it since the loss of pigment is not noticeable). Vitiligo may be concentrated to a single area, or can affect many areas of the body. There’s no way to predict if or how much vitiligo will “spread.”

Nobody knows exactly what causes vitiligo, but it’s believed to be an autoimmune dysfunction that causes the body to attack the cells responsible for melanin production in the body. Most people will present with vitiligo before they turn 40, and about 50 percent of vitiligo patients have symptoms before the age of 20. It’s thought that vitiligo might also have a genetic link.

There are some instances where vitiligo is linked to medical conditions such as thyroid issues, but this isn’t always the case. While vitiligo can appear anywhere on the body, it’s most common on the face (specifically around the mouth, eyes, and nostrils), and near the groin, armpits, and navel. It’s often noted that vitiligo clients also “go gray” earlier.

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The most important thing to remember about vitiligo is that it isn’t physically harmful. However, this is little comfort to those who suffer from low self-esteem because of the condition. Makeup, including body makeup, can be helpful to increase confidence, but there are more permanent solutions available. Depending on the severity and location of the vitiligo, a number of laser treatments may be helpful to decrease vitiligo appearance. If you’d like to learn more, contact Spectrum Dermatology at 480-948-8400 to schedule your consultation.