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Monday, January 12, 2015

Not Just Michael Jackson -- Thousands of African Americans Suffer From This Skin Pigmentation Disease

Vitiligo disease

Many people have wondered if Michael Jackson intentionally did something to cause his skin to become so white. During the 1980's, it was becoming more obvious that his skin tone was changing and becoming increasingly lighter. Following Jackson's death in 2009, medical experts confirmed that Jackson had vitiligo, a skin pigmentation disease.

What is vitiligo?

Vitiligo can affect persons from 2 years old to 40 years old. The disease is caused when the body's immune system attacks itself, including the body's color producing cells (melanocytes). This condition causes distinct white patches to appear on the skin.

Does vitiligo affect only African Americans?

Thousands of African Americans have vitiligo, but the skin disease can affect anyone, regardless of race or color. Many people believe it affects only African Americans, but this myth is probably due to the fact that the disease is more obvious on black skin.

Cure and treatment of vitiligo

There is no known cause for vitiligo or cure. However, there is treatment that can range from topical camouflage creams for mild cases to steroids and ultraviolet light for more severe cases.

For more details, visit www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/vitiligo/basics/definition/con-20032007
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