3 weeks ago
During the @ninugalotfoundation at the @hrowenferrari , to raise money and spread awareness about vitiligo.
#Vitiligo is a persistent or chronic condition in which areas of #skin lose their normal pigment and become very pale or pink. It is common, affecting about 1% of the world's population. It can start at any age after birth, but in more than half of people affected it does so before 20 years of age. The extent of the condition is unpredictable, varying from single small patches to total loss of skin colour. In most people, it tends to change slowly, with periods of stability often lasting several years. The pigment may return in some patients, but is not guaranteed, and seldom returns completely.
The pigment that gives your skin its normal colour is called melanin and is made by cells known as melanocytes. In patches of vitiligo the melanocytes inactive but still present. The reason for this is not fully understood. However, vitiligo is considered to be an 'autoimmune' condition in which the body's own immune system rejects some of its own cells (melanocytes in the case of vitiligo). As a result, thyroid disease and other autoimmune conditions are more common in individuals with vitiligo.