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Can you develop albinism as you age do you have to be born with it?

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Dr. Vasu Brown
Integrative Medicine
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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
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David Miller
Family Medicine
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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.
David Miller
David Miller
Answer assisted by David Miller, Medical Student
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David Miller
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

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.
David Miller
David Miller
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