FAQI have a new job - should I tell colleagues about my vitiligo?

FAQ

If you are starting a new job and you are concerned about stares and questions about your skin, try a proactive approach. When the time is right and you are feeling comfortable, broach the topic in an open way. Chances are, your new co-workers will understand you without extra questions. 

First, talk to your boss privately. You can say something like "If anyone has questions about white spots on my skin and does not feel comfortable asking me, here is what it is, - vitiligo. It is not contagious and there is no reason to be worried."

Then, you can say to your colleagues: "In case you have noticed white spots on my skin, it's vitiligo. No worries, it is not catching!"

Remember: as long as you feel yourself comfortable talking about your condition, there is no wrong way to handle this situation! 

FAQOther Questions

  • Vitiligo and hearing loss: any connection?

    In short, NO. Recent research shows no relationship between a degree of skin depigmentation and hearing loss severity in vitiligo patients. The results of this study showed tha...

  • Is there a traditional medicine to treat vitiligo?

    Traditional medicines may be helpful in chronic, metabolic, and stress-related conditions early in the disease manifestation, before extensive tissue and organ damage has occurr...

  • Can chemicals cause vitiligo?

    It’s important to remember there are multiple factors involved in vitiligo onset, including genetic predisposition, living and working environments, and exposure to certain chem...