I have found myself offering a lot of advice to other vitiligo sufferers since re-pigmenting unexpectedly 3 years ago. Most of that advice has been in response to specific questions about my treatment. But I also have another piece of advice to offer based on my own experience and that is on the unlikely subject of photography. During the decades when my vitiligo was so widespread and - as I saw it - disfiguring, I avoided having any pictures taken that showed my white patches. Consequently, I had no "before" pictures - quite simply because it never occurred to me that my vitiligo would ever do anything but continue to spread. When I started to see freckles appearing all over my depigmented skin I (reluctantly still!) allowed the photo on the left to be taken so that I would have a record of the improvement. I was much happier posing for the right hand picture (about a year later) for obvious reasons. But my point is, no matter how severe or long-term your vitiligo may be, don't assume that it will always be that way. There may come a time when you wish you had some really good (bad) "before" pictures so you can show how dramatically your skin has improved!
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.