FAQIsn't it just a cosmetic disorder?

FAQ

Contrary to popular belief, vitiligo is not a cosmetic disorder but a systemic disease affecting the largest body organ and other vital systems.

For more than 1.6 million people in the US affected by vitiligo, it is far more than just a skin condition. Many people experience social rejection and stigmatization, which dramatically lowers their self-esteem, often leading to unfavorable choices of places for work and live. Coping with vitiligo can create stress, and stress can make vitiligo get worse, in a vicious cycle.

Like it or not, we live in a society where appearance matters. It should come as no surprise that vitiligo impacts on the psychological well-being and quality of life of those who have to endure it.

FAQOther Questions

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  • Can a gluten-free diet help with vitiligo?

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