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Some skin conditions come and go, some itch, some sting and others simply change the way the skin looks. 

Our skin is perhaps the most noticeable organ of our body. Vitiligo is a skin condition whereby the pigment cells attack themselves, leading to the destruction of melanocyte and depigmentation of the skin and hair. While those with vitiligo may experience challenges to feel confident within their skin, the difficulty does not mean impossible.

We interviewed actor and singer Lauren Jimmieson of the Jimmie Journal and asked her to share her story about living with vitiligo, embracing her skin and 5 things about vitiligo that may not be commonly known.

  1. Vitiligo requires a medical diagnosis

Vitiligo is a disorder that causes the skin to become depigmented. Signs of this condition include white macules and patches on various parts of the body. Thankfully, it doesn’t come with any pain or itchiness.

That said, assuming that you have Vitiligo just because you have white patches on your body can be dangerous. There are a number of other skin conditions like chemical leukoderma, tinea versicolor, and pityriasis alba,  that are similar to Vitiligo. It is important to have a conclusive diagnosis of Vitiligo, after which you can undergo appropriate treatment and management strategies.

  1. Vitiligo is not contagious

If someone is not familiar with Vitiligo they may misconceive that Vitiligo can spread by contact. No, Vitiligo is not contagious at all. 

  1. Vitiligo treatments vary depending on the stage 

Vitiligo has no known cure. Notwithstanding, being diagnosed very early and commencing treatment may help your skin repigment. How you will be treated will depend on factors such as age, how much of your skin is affected, how quickly it is spreading, and various other things. Lauren advises that by sticking with the treatment procedures, just like she did, will give your skin the best chance of repigmenting.

  1. There are lots of camouflage products on the market

If you wish to cover your Vitiligo, there are a number of products out there that you can use. These products range from camouflage creams applied like makeup to products that are sprayed on affected areas with an airbrush. 

 “In my early days of developing Vitiligo I used Dermablend, which is brand that still exists till today…it is incredibly long-lasting and incredibly thick compared to your typical liquid foundation…my preference was the liquid because it gave me the flexibility to kind of give thicker layers to the areas that were whiter and thinner layers to the areas that still have my original pigment,” Says Lauren.

  1. Accepting your Vitiligo can go a long way

When asked what advice Lauren shares with others with Vitiligo she says “to find peace with it and to not fight it; to just embrace it…otherwise you put yourself through a lot”in addition to this, Lauren believes that finding a support group, usually people who can relate with your condition, will go a long way.

The next time you look in the mirror, embrace your Vitiligo, and live life with your head held high.