Start with key facts

When you’re living with vitiligo, or caring for someone who is, the information out there can leave you feeling a bit confused. But we’ve got you covered. Learning about vitiligo is an ongoing journey as new information becomes available, but getting started with the basics can help you feel more confident in understanding the condition.

It was a scary moment for me when he was first diagnosed. All sorts of things came to mind, like how will this affect not only his appearance but also his health?”

- Walkenia, Joshua’s mom

The physical signs of vitiligo

You may already know that the primary symptom of vitiligo is the white spots that appear on the skin. This is called depigmentation. When you have vitiligo, melanocytes (the cells that produce pigment that give your skin its color) are destroyed. This results in depigmentation, or a loss of pigment on your skin.

Depigmentation can appear on any part of the body, including:

  • Skin: usually on the hands, feet, arms, torso, and face
  • Hair: scalp, eyebrows, eyelashes, and facial hair
  • Inside of the mouth or nose

Talking to a healthcare provider or even a loved one about how the physical symptoms make you feel may help you feel less alone in your journey.





There are misconceptions about vitiligo out there. Knowing the truth can help you feel more informed when it comes to understanding vitiligo. It’s time to test your knowledge and debunk these myths!


Fact or Fiction:

A root cause of vitiligo is severe sunburn.


While severe sunburn (and other physical factors like trauma) can be a vitiligo trigger, it is not a root cause. Vitiligo is actually an autoimmune condition, meaning a person's own immune system is attacking their body.