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Loss of Skin Pigmentation Overview

Another name for Loss of Skin Pigmentation is Vitiligo.

What is vitiligo?
A person with vitiligo has patches of light-colored skin, caused by a loss of the pigment that gives the skin its color. Skin cells fail to produce the pigment, called melanin. The underlying cause for vitiligo is unknown. About 1 out of 100 people in the US have vitiligo. Vitiligo is most common in those between 10 and 30 years of age.

What are the symptoms of vitiligo?
Symptoms of vitiligo include patches of light-colored skin, usually located on the hands, forearms, feet and face.

How does the doctor treat vitiligo?
Treatment of vitiligo may include phototherapy, laser therapy, oral medications, and topical medications.

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Last Updated: Feb 12, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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