Could you have vitiligo? What you need to know about the skin condition

Is vitiligo serious?

While not generally classed as serious, there are things to take into consideration with vitiligo. Patches with no pigmentation will be more vulnerable to sun damage, so it’s important to use a high SPF when these areas are exposed.

Also, vitiligo can potentially affect anywhere there’s usually pigmentation, including the hair and eyes, and it can sometimes lead to partial hearing loss (hypoacusis).

Often the biggest challenge with vitiligo, as with many other skin conditions, is psychological.

“Vitiligo can definitely have a psychological impact on a person, leaving them depressed by the look of their skin and also by people asking questions about the condition,” notes Bickerstaffe.
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