Who is prone to vitiligo?

Vitiligo affects 0.5-2% of the population, and occurs in all races and all social levels. Vitiligo can affect people of all ages, but often starts between the ages of 10 and 30 years. Vitiligo generally affects both men and women equally.

Vitiligo can happen anywhere on the body, but it's more likely to develop in some of these areas:

  • skin that's exposed to the sun, such as the face or hands,
  • skin that has folds, such as the elbows, knees, or groin,
  • skin around the eyes, nostrils, belly button, and genital areas.

In addition, some people will notice white patches appearing inside their mouth and may have premature greying of the scalp hair, eyelashes, eyebrows or beard.

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