Vitiligo

Vitiligo is a skin condition in which patches of skin loses their color.

The total area of skin that can be affected by vitiligo varies between individuals. It can also affect the eyes, the inside of mouth, and the hair. In most cases, the affected areas remain discolored for long duration or may be for life.

The condition is photosensitive. This means that the areas that are affected will be more sensitive to sunlight than those that are not.

It is hard to predict whether the patches will spread, and by how much. The spread might take weeks, or the patches might remain stable for months or years.

The lighter patches tend to be more visible in people with dark or tanned skin.