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The Causes

  • What causes vitiligo?

    Vitiligo develops where the skin's melanocytes, the cells which give the skin its colour, have been damaged. The causes of this damage are not completely understood yet, but they seem to be a mixture of genetic and environmental factors.

    People with a particular combination of genes are more likely than others to develop vitiligo, but it is not only due to heredity. The development of vitiligo may be triggered by such factors as:

    • Hormonal changes in the body, for example during adolescence.
    • Damage to the skin, for example from a cut or sunburn.
    • Extreme stress.
    • Contact with certain chemicals.

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  • Can pigmented skin turn white when it's damaged?

    Yes. Vitiligo can sometimes develop where the skin has been damaged, for example from a cut or sunburn.This may happen in people who have a genetic predisposition to the condition.

  • Does stress make vitiligo worse?

    This is possible. Extreme stress caused by events such as bereavement, redundancy and divorce can be a trigger for the development of vitiligo in people who have a genetic predisposition to develop it.

    For people who already have vitiligo, stress can be associated with a more rapid spread of the condition.

  • I was told that eating "white" foods such as onions, can make it worse.

    There is absolutely no evidence for this. Having a healthy balanced diet is as important for someone with vitiligo as anyone else.

     

    More information on nutrition can be found HERE

     

  • I was told that it was caused by eating fish and drinking milk together.

    There is no evidence to support this.

     

    More information on nutrition can be found HERE