This is a condition in which the skin loses its pigment cells (melanocytes). This can result in discolored patches in different areas of the body, including the skin, hair and mucous membranes.
While this skin condition cannot be cured, treatments can slow or stop its spread, spur some regrowth of melanocytes, and improve the appearance of patchy skin by returning some color to white areas. Cosmetics can reduce the appearance of vitiligo patches, too. And cognitive behavioral therapy can help you overcome the depression and social anxiety that this skin condition so often causes.