Living with vitiligo

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Living with vitiligo
5th August 2014

Vitiligo affects one in a hundred people around the world.  The condition causes white patches to appear on the body, due to a loss of skin pigment called melanin.

Natalie Ambersley, 31, from North London, is just one of the sufferers from this rare skin condition, white patches cover about 75 per cent of her body and face. Natalie says there is very little awareness about the condition. 

“I consider myself to be different. Growing up, everyone around me was either black, white, Asian and I didn’t look the same. I was different.”

According to the Vitiligo Society, the cause of the condition can be genetic but stress, sunburn or a cut can also trigger symptoms. Despite dealing with the challenges of the condition, Natalie feels that growing up with Vitiligo has helped shape the person she has become today. 

“It’s actually made me an over achiever, it’s made we want to succeed, it’s made me want to try really hard”. 

Natalie will appear on the Headline London at 12.30pm, as part of a wider discussion on skin conditions, to talk about some of the effects it has had on her life.

 

Dr Sanjay Pawar, GP, tells us more about the condition and the precautions that sufferers need to take.

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