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If one could connect a face with a particular condition, it’s likely that when speaking of Vitiligo, individuals would immediately picture the late Michael Jackson. As explained by the Vitiligo Clinic and Research Center, this is because he is the most famous person to have claimed to suffer from it. In fact, there was a rumor that skin discoloration was one reason why the star wore a single white glove. Even so, the reality concerning Vitiligo is that while it is not a contagious or life-threatening condition, it can cause one to feel self-conscious about his or her appearance. To learn more about this unpredictable disease and treatments to restore the appearance of skin, continue reading below.

Vitiligo is characterized by loss of skin color, resulting in a blotchy or patchy appearance. To better understand, an individual’s hair color and skin color is determined by melanin. Yet, in a person with Vitiligo, the cells that produce melanin either die or stop functioning (Mayo Clinic). For the most part, the disease presents itself on sun-exposed areas (hands, feet, arms, face) first, and is marked by loss of skin color in patchy areas. Moreover, though some forms of Vitiligo result in symmetrical patches of pale skin, others are segmental or localized, and might only last a few years. Even so, additional manifestations include premature whitening or graying of hair (including eyebrows and eyelashes), loss of color in the mucous membranes of the nose and mouth, and even loss of color in the inner layer of the eye.

There are several theories as to why pigment-producing cells die or stop functioning. For instance, a number of professionals believe that Vitiligo is related to an autoimmune disorder, family history, inflammation or some type of skin exposure. Unfortunately, treatment of the disease is often as unpredictable as the disease itself. That’s why it’s wise to consult a dermatologist with experience in treating Vitiligo.

At Kayal Dermatology & Skin Cancer Specialists in Marietta, Georgia, our team of dermatologists is uniquely familiar with Vitiligo. While we understand that it is difficult to treat, we remain confident in our ability to develop a personalized treatment protocol for even the most complex cases. To schedule an appointment or evaluation, call today!

Posted on behalf of Kayal Dermatology & Skin Cancer Specialists

141 Lacy Street, Suite 200
Marietta, GA 30060

Phone: (770) 426-7177

FAX: (770) 426-7745


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Kayal Dermatology & Skin Cancer Specialists

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Based on 183 reviews

Jennifer M.

First time ever at a dermatology office! So I was a little nervous... But they have a very friendly staff and it was nice meeting PA Joel! Felt comfortable and he was informative & made me feel like I wasn’t the only person dealing with my issue. I can’t wait to see some results and get some relief!!

Eve L.

Love this place! Everyone is so caring, and very helpful in each way possible. Highly recommend this place for skin care and even skin cancer!

Detlef K.

I’ve been going here awhile. I’ve got a few pesky issues, some due to my not allowing areas to completely heal, sins that prolongs my already glacier like speed healing! I really appreciate Dr. Kayal and Joel who combine to take of me and my family.

Michael V.

Was greeted upon my arrival, very nice waiting room, was taken back immediately. Very professional, caring and friendly staff. They want to help you. The PA Joel was very knowledgeable and knew exactly how to help me. I was given a prescription to address the problem. Will be back with other issues, keep up the good work.

Lisa W.

PA Brown is very attentive to my son's needs. I have not had any difficulty getting appointments when needed. I think this practice provides excellent service. I definitely recommend Kayal Dermatology for all of your skin needs.

Kevin S.

The nurse was great made me completely comfortable before biopsy’s and Dr Kayak was great explaining what’s going on, recommend very highly

Kayal Dermatology & Skin Cancer Specialists

141 Lacy Street, Suite 200
Marietta, GA 30060

Phone: (770) 426-7177

Fax: (770) 426-7745


Mon-Fri: 7:30 am – 5:00 pm