Are people with vitiligo healthy? In the absence of other autoimmune conditions, vitiligo does not affect general health or physical functioning.
Can vitiligo go away for good? There is no “cure” for vitiligo. Sometimes patches go away on their own. But when that doesn’t happen, doctors can prescribe treatments that might help even out skin tone.
What triggers vitiligo? Vitiligo is caused by the lack of a pigment called melanin in the skin. Melanin is produced by skin cells called melanocytes, and it gives your skin its colour. In vitiligo, there are not enough working melanocytes to produce enough melanin in your skin. This causes white patches to develop on your skin or hair.
Is vitiligo becoming more common? “Vitiligo is becoming more and more common in our offices, given the recent increase in media exposure, [because] many people didn’t know exactly what they had,” New York City-based and board-certified dermatologist Dhaval Bhanusali told Allure in 2019.