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White spots on the skin may be the visible signs of vitiligo, a disorder that causes skin depigmentation. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.
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About This Condition

Vitiligo is a type of skin discoloration characterized by progressively widening areas of depigmented (very white) skin.

The depigmentation that occurs with this condition is associated with the local destruction of melanocytes, the cells that produce the pigment that darkens the skin, called melanin. Vitiligo affects 1–4% of the world’s population.1


Symptoms of vitiligo include decreased or absent pigmentation in localized or diffuse areas of the skin. Hair in these areas is typically white, and the skin tends to sunburn more easily.

Holistic Options

People with vitiligo have occasionally improved using hypnosis along with other treatments.2

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