Who gets vitiligo?
Anybody can get it, and while it usually begins before the age of 20, vitiligo can develop at any age.
“Vitiligo is quite common and affects approximately 1% of the world’s population. It affects men and women of all races equally,” says Lisa Bickerstaffe, spokesperson for British Skin Foundation.
Dr Noor Almaani, a dermatologist at The Private Clinic of Harley Street, adds: “The risk is increased if a person comes from a family with a history of autoimmune diseases, such as [type 1] diabetes or a thyroid disease.”