3 doctors weighed in:
What is the genetic cause of albinism?
3 doctors weighed in

Dr. Vasu Brown
Wound care
2 doctors agree
In brief: Albinism vs vitiligo
If you are born with a genetic mutation that prevents production of melanin (and other pigments), then you are an albino and have albinism.
If you begin to lose pigment (typically in patches) as you age, then you likely have vitiligo (e.g. Michael jackson), which is a skin condition where the pigment-producing cells die for various reasons. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/vitiligo/ds00586.

In brief: Albinism vs vitiligo
If you are born with a genetic mutation that prevents production of melanin (and other pigments), then you are an albino and have albinism.
If you begin to lose pigment (typically in patches) as you age, then you likely have vitiligo (e.g. Michael jackson), which is a skin condition where the pigment-producing cells die for various reasons. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/vitiligo/ds00586.
Dr. Vasu Brown
Dr. Vasu Brown
Thank
Read more answers from doctors