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There is Good News About Vitiligo

Young Beautiful WomanIf you have white patches of skin that are lighter than the rest of your skin, you aren’t alone. An estimated one percent of the world’s population, about 50 million people, have vitiligo. In recent years, celebrities with vitiligo, including singer Michael Jackson, top model Winnie Harlow, and broadcaster Lee Thomas, have helped to educate the public. It typically isn’t a serious health threat, but there is an increased risk of skin cancer in the areas of vitiligo, and vitiligo is associated with significant psychological distress. Encinitas dermatologist, Dr. Amanda Lloyd is here to help you.

Etiology of Vitiligo

This disorder affects people of both genders and all races, although it is more noticeable in those with dark skin. Vitiligo commonly shows up in a patient’s 20s, but it can occur at any age.

Vitiligo is an autoimmune condition. The body’s immune system attacks melanocytes, the cells that make the pigment in the skin. Affected areas show as white patches and they can appear anywhere on the body. Hyperthyroidism and other autoimmune diseases are linked to vitiligo. Severe sunburn, emotional distress, or physical trauma can trigger vitiligo in genetically predispositioned people. Vitiligo can also change hair color, turning it gray or white in skin affected areas.

Innovative Treatment Options

Coping with vitiligo begins with compassionate emotional support, knowledgeable care, and routine skin surveillance for skin cancer. Dr. Amanda Lloyd is experienced in a variety of effective treatment options ranging from topical creams to laser therapies. She works with you to tailor a routine that fits your lifestyle. Together, you can reach the goal of helping skin tone look more even, and reducing the chance that the condition will spread.

Put your complexion in the capable hands of a Board-Certified Dermatologist, serving patients throughout North County San Diego. Call Dr. Amanda Lloyd at Skin & Vein Institute at (760) 642-6674.

Meet Dr. Amanda Lloyd


She can help you look and feel even more amazing in your skin because she is well trained in all aspects of dermatology including laser and cosmetics, skin cancer management including Mohs surgery and cosmetic reconstruction, medical dermatology and venous disease.

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