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A few weeks ago, actress Countess Vaughn shared on social media that she was diagnosed with vitiligo, a skin condition that causes certain patches of skin to lose its pigmentation. The rare disease impacts 1 in 100 people.

But what do you really know about vitiligo? What increases your risk of developing it? How does it impact Black women? No worries, we got you.

Here’s what you need to know.

What Black Women Need To Know About Vitiligo  was originally published on

1. In Her Own Words

The “227,” “Moesha” and “The Parkers” actress told her fans, ” “Loving me regardless of my skin Situation.”

2. It’s Not Life Threatening, But Can Take An Emotional Toll

Vitiligo does have complications such as sunburn and skin cancer, eye problems like inflammation of the iris and hearing loss. But it’s not life threatening. However, for women of color with vitiligo, self-esteem issues and emotional distress can be overwhelming.