Vitiligo (vi·tuh·lai·gow) is an unending condition where pale white patches spread in the skin. This is due to melanin deficiency. It is a disorder in which white patches of skin appear on different parts of the body. It hits any part of the skin but commonly arises on the face, neck, and hands. It may also affect the hair returning gray or white in the affected area and also, inside of the mouth. High possibilities it will affect the whole body, it is called complete vitiligo or universal. It will affect people of any age and gender. According to studies is likely to start around the age of 20. It is hard to anticipate whether the patches spread, and until when. It might spread in weeks, or hold stable in a month or maybe years. It is more visible to dark or tanned skin. 

Types of vitiligo:

Non-segmental Vitiligo – is the most known type of vitiligo, accounting for up to 90% of cases.  This illness is visible on both sides of the body. Usually appears on the back of your hands, arms, around the eyes, feet, knees, and elbows. 

Segmental Vitiligo –   is a less common type of vitiligo. The patches affect one side of the body. And, it’s more common in children. 

Based on studies, there are 1% of people worldwide having it. There is still no medical care that will re-pigment the skin. As stated by a dermatologist, having vitiligo is high risk for skin cancer because of the natural protection lacking in skin pigment melanin against the sun harmful rays. It is important to have additional care in the skin by putting sunscreen with a sun protection factor, sunglasses and protective clothing from the sun. (SPF). Must avoid long exposure to the sun it can make vitiligo worse. 

Can someone with vitiligo get a tattoo?

Many have shared their thoughts about people with this kind of skin condition in getting a tattoo done. However, there was no straightforward answer. Considering the results after the procedure. The color pigment is injected under the skin or dermis. This process can be applied in the white patches area in the skin to make the color balanced with the normal skin you have. It is important to choose the right color that fits your skin even though it is too hard to cherry-pick the right one because skin color changes with sun exposure and getting old. In addition, the patches might spread in time and even it looks perfect after the procedure patches might develop.

Having a tattoo might worsen it but many vitiligo patients did the procedure because they got what they expected. A lot have gained more confidence when they had it covered. Some have lived with it! Whether you had it inked or not, be a better person by accepting your imperfections. 

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