A common question that people with vitiligo ask is whether their diet makes any difference to their skin condition. Choosing the food we eat is something we can manage, so having a good diet is something practical we can d to help ourselves.


Vitamin D - further information

Vitamin D is essential to the growth and strength of our bones. This particularly important for children when their bones are developing. Children deficient in vitamin D can develop rickets, a bone disease which results in bow legs and shortened stature.

Also, vitamin D can help to maintain a healthy immune system. There is some evidence that a lack of vitamin D may play a part in a number of serious conditions such as cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, MS and arthritis.


Skin Camouflage

People cope with and respond to vitiligo in a variety of ways. Many people use camouflage to hide their vitiligo so that they can get on with their lives without feeling self-conscious in public. However, skin camouflage does not suit everyone.

This eBooklet aims to give you the facts about camouflage to help you decide whether it may be an option for you. The eBooklet Managing vitiligo - other products and processes deals with alternatives to camouflage.


Other products and processes

This eBooklet gives you facts about fake tans, tinting/dyeing hair, felt tip pens and medical tattooing. The aim is to help you decide whether these products and processes may be an option for you. For some people they may be alternatives (or additions to) the camouflage products described in the eBooklet Skin camouflage.



Most people with vitiligo need to take extra care of their skin in warmer weather because they are particularly vulnerable to sunburn. This eBooklet aims to help you do this.


Guide to vitiligo for 7-11 year-olds

This guide helps you understand what vitiligo is. It will suggest some ways for you to answer questions about it. We hope it will also help you with any worries that you may have about having vitiligo.

Vitiligo means having white patches on your skin and sometimes your hair. Lots of people have it, you are not the only one! It does not hurt you. You cannot give vitiligo to anybody else.