Vitiligo was made popular by King of Pop, Michael Jackson. Now with Chantelle Young, also known as Winnie Harlow who broke the glass ceiling in the fashion industry vitiligo is now becoming popular in the fashion industry.
Vitiligo can look like a birthmark or if your skin has been burned.
Vitiligo is a noncontagious auto immune skin disorder that affects the skin by changing the skin to white. Vitiligo affects males and females. Vitiligo effects youth and adults. Vitiligo can be accompanied by other auto immune disorders. Vitiligo patient’s hair can turn white in the area where the skin turns white.
Free radicals get into the body and attack the pigment making cells of the body. Vitiligo can be an inherited genetic disorder. Vitiligo does affect you emotionally. There are now more support groups available online for people needing community support.
Sun exposed skin is most prone to becoming irritated and white spots can appear in this area. Many of our community members note that they were under emotional and or physical stress at the time they saw vitiligo appearance. The sun does irritate the skin and causes it to become inflamed thereby causing more vitiligo white patches. Some of our members have also noted that some rubber products irritate their skin causing them to itch and later see white patches in the area. Some of our members have also noted after using certain skin products that their skin became irritated and they noticed white patches in the area.
With the help of Georgia’s Congressman Hank Johnson, Vitiligo Bond and AVRF Congress is working on a historic Vitiligo Bill and an official National Day to bring awareness to vitiligo. We hope that the Bill generates funding for an underserved community. Vitiligo looks stunning but more advocacy needs to be done regarding low vitamin D, anemia, thyroid disorder and other metabolic challenges when living with vitiligo. Most importantly, vitiligo has devastating effects in our community.
As a result the vitiligo community suffers with shame and are forced by peer pressure to hide or bleach skin. There have be suicide related to vitiligo in the US. In India the impact of Vitiligo is much worse. Vitiligo is a ground for divorce, families ostracize members in family. In Africa people are being killed for having vitiligo. More awareness will have a great impact in many people’s lives around the world.
National Vitiligo Awareness Month takes place yearly in June with the goal of highlighting the growing need for education, early detection and awareness to the public about Vitiligo and its prevalence within the community. The campaign also unites Vitiligo patients, families, physicians, clinicians, institutions and related businesses in collaborative partnerships of local activities, events and grassroots networking throughout the month of June.
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