Vitiligo (vit-ih-LIE-go) is a condition in which the skin loses its pigment cells (melanocytes). This can result in discoloured patches in different areas of the body, including the skin, hair, and mucous membranes. Vitiligo is a disease that causes loss of skin colour in patches.
Patchy loss of skin colour, which usually first appears on the hands, face, and areas around body openings and the genitals.
Premature whitening or graying of the hair on your scalp, eyelashes, eyebrows, or beard.
Loss of colour in the tissues that line the inside of the mouth and nose (mucous membranes).