Vitiligo is an autoimmune condition & has been linked to hypothyroidism, PA. basically the autoimmune system attacks the melanin, destroying it causing white patches -it is not known why this happens. I have had Vitiligo since i was 16yrs and now have it over most of my body -so am lily white never tan. Hypothyroidism hit me in my forties.....though the anti bodies blood tests came back negative.....now there's a conundrum!
i tried St Tropez tanning foam but it didn't work -went a lovely brown but it all washed off so resigned to my lily whiteness.
My hair is now pure white too. Vitiligo runs in my family -Both my brother and my grandma have it. it rarely affects the eyes -but I have noticed of recent years that I am more affected by glare but my iris remains pigmented.
The treatments i know off can be effective for early stages of Vitiligo but there is no guarantee it wont return even if successful. I've never had any treatment. my GP refused it years ago.
I cannot tolerate any direct sunshine anymore -go red in English Spring sunshine! OFG! So I take vitamin D3 to replace what my skin cant produce due to lack of direct sun.
You can purchase camouflage make up -if you go on the Vitiligo Society website they have details of the UK service. I've not used this service or their make up as at least I'm now evenly covered!
This year I have bought a UV blocker sun brolly to take with me to Italy - though I have hats they can be hot so thought Id try this out instead for a change and it should also cover my shoulders too. Obviously I don't do beach hols anymore.....lol