Concealing or embracing your spots?

I would like to start off with a question. Have you embraced your vitiligo or are you still in denial?

It seems rather difficult to answer even for those who consider the matter to be internally resolved. Many persons who have accepted they have vitiligo turn on a regular basis to fashion and cosmetics for help in carrying out day to day activities.

I myself am very open about my spots BUT haven’t gotten over using foundation. Applied on face and hands when going to work or attending functions and events, it provides a shield from inquisitive eyes.

How to help a friend with vitiligo

I once met someone who would not answer at all when asked about his vitiligo spots. I think he never had the time to absorb the changes he was going through and therefore was totally blocking this subject.

A person diagnosed with vitiligo might experience anything from loss of self confidence to deep depression. The fear of patches expanding quickly over visible areas can have a high impact around the age when one is most conscious about his appearance.


Counseling for vitiligo patients

A bill initiated in by Brazilian representative José Olimpio pursues hospitals to provide psychological assistance to people with vitiligo. The text proposes that psychological treatment could be offered after an initial assessment by a psychologist.

The representative pointed out that vitiligo patients can be more successful in their treatment after counseling: "Often, people go into depression when diagnosed with the disease. This further aggravates the situation", he writes. The project is to be further analyzed by a committee before being brought forward.