Can hypopigmentation be permanent? Hypopigmentation may improve or go away on its own. If a skin condition causes hypopigmentation, medications may help restore color to your skin. If you have a genetic condition, hypopigmentation may be permanent.
Is hypopigmentation curable? There is no cure, and it is usually a lifelong condition. The exact cause is unknown, but it may be due to an autoimmune disorder or a virus. Vitiligo is not contagious. Treatment options may include exposure to UVA or UVB light and depigmentation of the skin in severe cases.
How common is hypopigmentation? Hypopigmentation is common and approximately one in twenty have at least one hypopigmented macule. Hypopigmentation can be upsetting to some, especially those with darker skin whose hypopigmentation marks are seen more visibly. Most causes of hypopigmentation are not serious and can be easily treated.
Is hypopigmentation the same as vitiligo? The key difference is that hypopigmentation is associated with health conditions and injuries that may cause skin discoloration in spots or patches. In contrast, vitiligo is an autoimmune disorder that destroys melanocyte cells in your body that give your skin color, causing white patches to form.