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Parents' Support Group

If your child has Vitiligo you may like to join our Parents' support group.  It meets regularly throughout the year at the Society's London office.  The group aims to provide support and help for parents.  It's an informal setting where you can find out more about the condition and the work of the Society.

If you're interested, please contact the Society:

Telephone: 0800 018 2631(free from UK landlines and UK mobile phones)

Tuesday to Thursday 10:30am to 2:30pm

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New Article on Vitiligo Published in The Lancet

A new article on vitiligo  has been published  (January 2015) in the Lancet on the topic of vitiligo under the authorship of Khaled Ezzedine, Viktoria Eleftheriadou, Maxine Whitton, Nanja van Geel.   It presents some new insights into the incidence and treatment of vitiligo.  Recommended reading.

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Skin PATCH Survey Results


The survey of products for camouflaging hands has been a joint venture undertaken by the Vitiligo Society and the British Association of Skin Camouflage.   The survey addresses the  problem that traditional camouflage washes off too easily for use on the hands. Volunteers tested 10 products over the course of 6 months during 2014. The products are all readily available in the UK, but not on prescription.   The following is the text of a presentation given by Liz Allen of the British Association of Skin Camouflage  (BASC) at the Vitiligo Society Open Day in November 2014.


Etin Skin Solution found to contain corticosteroid betamethasone

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and the British Association of Dermatologists are today warning people NOT to purchase or use Etin Skin Solution, a lotion claiming to treat skin conditions and known to have been supplied from various Asian and African beauty shops.

Etin Skin Solution was brought to the attention of MHRA by a consultant at Birmingham Children’s Hospital who became concerned following a complaint by a patient. Investigations to identify the source of this product are being conducted.

Skin PATCH Survey

The Vitiligo Society, in collaboration with the British Association of Skin Camouflage (BASC) have organised a survey of products which might be useful for camouflaging hands.  We are calling this the PATCH survey (short for Products Applicable to Camouflaging Hands).

New Office

The Vitiligo Society moved to a new office in May 2013, moving from Kennington to 24 Greencoat Place, London SW1P 1RD.  The office freephone number is still 0800 018 2631 and our email addresses remain the same.

Services To Vitiligo Recognised By The Award Of An MBE

Maxine Whitton, who has worked for nearly 30 years to raise awareness of vitiligo was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire in The New Year Honours List for 2013.   Maxine has suffered from Vitiligo since she was a young girl growing up in Jamaica and says it was her experiences of living with the stigma associated with it that drove her to try and help others. Maxine joined the Vitiligo Society in 1985, becoming chairwoman in 1993.