Most doctors will tell you that loss of colour is the only noticeable #vitiligo-symptom. However, I always noticed that the skin on my vitiligo lesions was much more prone to natural exfoliation than the rest of my skin. If I rubbed the de-pigmented skin firmly with my hand every week or so dead skin would just slough off quite easily. I assume that this means that the skin cells in the de-pigmented areas go through their renewal cycle faster than normal skin. But this phenomenon is rarely, if ever, reported in any of the medical literature.
This sounds so bizarre that I used to wonder if it was really the case or if it might be my imagination (although I knew it wasn't). But when I finally re-pigmented a few years ago I noticed the same thing, only in reverse. The previously white areas of skin gradually became less prone to this natural exfoliation in direct proportion to the amount of pigment they regained. And once they had returned to their normal colour they behaved in exactly the same way as the surrounding skin.
I would be fascinated to know if any other vitiligo sufferers have noticed this same skin cell behaviour... or was it just me?!
A vitiligo blogger since 2011. My name is Caroline. I had vitiligo for nearly 50 years before finding an effective treatment. I created this blog to share my experiences with others affected by this skin condition.