About 50 million people in the world have vitiligo. While 50 million people may sound like a whole lot, it is actually only one percent of the entire world population.
Albinism effects people from all over the world however there certainly are some regions where the absence of melanin is seen more often than others due to genetic and/or societal influences.
As you can imagine, this gradual loss of pigmentation can be really difficult to deal with. In many cases, young children and teens struggle with their vitiligo and racial disassociation. King of Pop, Michael Jackson who was the first entertainer to bring awareness to vitiligo struggled with this, later undergoing several operations to modify is “black features.”
Of course, growing up different or even suddenly learning about this condiditon which makes those affected look “different” than the rest can often prove to be quite difficult for most.
Between the harsh words of uninformed strangers and battle with personal confidence, many people with vitiligo face issues that many of us do not.