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About Vitiligo > Causes of Vitiligo

Causes of Vitiligo

Over the years, medical research has been trying to uncover the cause of vitiligo. Currently, there is no sole cause of vitiligo that is confirmed by medical authorities. Through our years of experience, we have identified some factors that play a significant role in contributing to the onset of vitiligo.


The most well-known factor is heredity. Many vitiligo patients have first degree relatives that have vitiligo in some shape or form. However, it will be too quick to conclude that hereditary is the main factor for vitiligo. For instance, for identical twins with almost identical genetic makeup, one could exhibit vitiligo symptoms while the other has totally no signs at all.


Instead of considering vitiligo hereditary, the tendency to develop vitiligo can be hereditary. If one has inherited the tendency to develop vitiligo, then external environmental factors would play a part in triggering the onset of vitiligo.


Some triggers include intense stress, critical sunburn or chemical exposure. Many patients notice a sudden onset of vitiligo after intensely stressful events in their lives. Critical sunburn or exposure to certain chemicals can also trigger the already susceptible skin to exhibit vitiligo.

The information above is drawn from years of experience in treating vitiligo patients. However, it is not meant to be all-encompassing or an exhaustive list. Self-diagnosis and treatment can backfire and cause irreversible damage which impedes recovery later.


Individuals with vitiligo should seek professional medical advice to manage their vitiligo situation. Early vitiligo treatment is encouraged as re-pigmentation can be far more challenging in the later stages when the skin has lost most of the pigments.


Vitiligo is indiscriminate in nature, as a result, people of different ages, gender, sizes, skin colours etc. can get or have vitiligo. Hence, vitiligo patients are diverse Find out more about the different types of vitiligo patients here.