Understanding Vitiligo: Misconception & Myth
Vitiligo is a skin disorder which causes the loss of pigment – melanin – in the skin.
Though it affects around 45 million people worldwide, common understanding of vitiligo has been clouded by misconceptions, leading to the stigmatization of those affected by the disease.
Modern medical understanding easily corrects much of this misunderstanding.
In presenting this information we hope to facilitate a better common understanding of vitiligo, and to help people gain an insight into this distressing disorder.
Produced March 2012. Learn more about CLINUVEL’s vitiligo program.
- Vitiligo Support International:http://www.vitiligosupport.org/vitiligo/
- Kaimal & Thappa, (2010). “Diet in Dermatology”. IJDVL 76(2):103-115. Available online.
- Gauthier & Benzekir in Picardo & Taieb (2010). “Vitiligo”. Springer (1st edition).
- Selected images courtesy of Pearl E Grimes MD
Our thanks to Hedvig Lindahl and Lee Thomas