Celebrities are people who have the most jobs shown to people. Because they appear on TV screens, magazines, etc., they make their skin and eyebrows look perfect with strategic make-up and photoshop techniques.
However, among these celebrities, there are people with illnesses called vitiligo. The most famous person is pop emperor Michael Jackson.
So what is vitiligo?
Vitiligo is a disease in which melanocytes, the pigment cells of the skin, are destroyed.
People suffering from vitiligo have 'white spots' on various parts of the body, and white spots on mucous membranes (eg, tissues in the mouth and nose) and eyes.
Vitiligo usually affects areas exposed to the sun, such as the face, lips, hands, arms, and feet, but can affect a variety of body parts, including the armpits, knees, torso, and even the genitals.
Initially, a small white spots appear on the skin, but over time, the spots spread throughout the body or the size of the spots increases. In rare cases, melanin pigment such as hair, eyebrows and eyelashes may be destroyed and the hair may turn gray.
Vitiligo is an autoimmune disease in which a person's immune system "accidentally" attacks parts of his body, but there is no known cause. It is possible that vitiligo is caused by the family hereditary.
Many patients suffer from vitiligo in their 20s. This illness appears regardless of age, sex, or race. But for those with dark skin, the symptoms are more pronounced.
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There is a management method that helps the skin of the vitiligo patients to be seen in an even color. However, this method is applied differently depending on the number of white spots, the extent of white spots, and the management method preferred by the patient.
There may be side effects depending on the management method or treatment method, and it may take a long time for the effect to appear. Depending on the person, the treatment may not work at all.
Treatments include topical creams such as sun-care or cosmetics, oral medication, photochemical treatment, surgical treatment using skin grafts or skin tattoos, and counseling for mental support.
People who have overcome vitiligo
As mentioned earlier, there are celebrities who have jobs that are seen by the public and overcome them even though they are suffering from vitiligo.
First of all, Michael Jackson has become one of the most awarded artists in pop music history, not to mention the emperor of pop.
Rasheed Wallace was a member of the NBA All-Star team as an NBA player and is now retired. Blackburn also did not prevent his passion for sports.
John Ham is an actress and director of the TV series. He directed the popular Mid Mad Men.
Ed Panili is a Roman Catholic priest in the Philippines. In 2007, he was named "Filipino of the Year" by the Philippine press.
Winnie the Hollow is a model. He is suffering from vitiligo, but he is on stage all over the world and is active in famous magazines like Vogue and Cosmopolitan.
Nancy Powell, who lives in England, first discovered two white spots on her body.
She did not know the existence of this spot until she gave birth to a son. But soon a small spot spread around the hands, face and mouth.
Powell was treated for acne after treatment with white spots, which was diagnosed as non-segregating vitiligo. She said she was afraid that her husband would leave herself because of her illness.
"It took me too long to accept what happened to me," Powell said. However, I participated in various programs and learned more about vitiligo. "
Her skin condition is getting worse, but her son still loves her.
"My son likes what I have not cremated. The white spots on my body look like a heart. "
She said she wanted to change the public's perception of black spot because it is very difficult for people suffering from it to have daily life.
Powell advised people with illnesses like his: "You have to pursue your own ultimate beauty, whether or not you are wearing makeup."