Definition - What does Vitiligo mean?
Vitiligo is a skin condition that causes the loss of melanocytes in the skin. The loss of the melanocytes results in a lightening of the skin that appears as lightened blotches. Vitiligo can affect any part of the skin, hair, and the inside of your mouth. Vitiligo occurs when the cells that normally produce melanin stop functioning or die.
TheConsultation explains Vitiligo
Melanocytes are responsible for the production of melanin. When these cells stop functioning, the melanin that normally pigments the skin no longer retain their color. This causes a lightening of those skin cells. Vitiligo is generally first noticed in areas that are generally exposed to the sun. These areas include the face, hands, arms, legs, and feet.
While this condition is not dangerous or life-threatening, it can cause embarrassment for patients. The condition can be treated, but treatments will not prevent another occurrence or continued skin color loss.