San Diego, CA
A 27-year-old male asked:
I believe i have vitiligo on my left side of my beard which is spreading. but why do i still grow black hair on the white patches while most r white?
1 doctor answer • 2 doctors weighed in
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Lack of melanin: Vitiligo generally affects the skin. Skin is white due to malfunctioning of the skin cells that produce normal skin pigmentation (melanin). The hair follicles are usually not affected, hair color continues unchanged. No cure at the present time. Do have a dermatologist perform an evaluation to assure of the diagnosis.
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Last updated May 29, 2016
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