So much controversy surrounds Michael Jackson and his skin color. Did he or didn’t he? Did he bleach his skin or didn’t he? I don’t really care, I grew up with Michael Jackson and just knew that I would marry Jermaine. So I was a delusional 13 year old at that time.
Michael claims to have vitiligo. Much has been written on the subject of Michael”s skin condition, but only a select few really know the truth. Even fewer know what vitiligo is. Many who suffer from vitiligo choose to even depigment all of their skin to appear “even”. Many speculate that Michael Jackson chose to depigment his skin acheive his white appearance. Michael also relied heavily on makeup.
According to the Mayo Clinic:
Vitiligo (vit-ih-LI-go) is a condition in which your skin loses melanin, the pigment that determines the color of your skin, hair and eyes. Vitiligo occurs when the cells that produce melanin die or no longer form melanin, causing slowly enlarging white patches of irregular shapes to appear on your skin.
Vitiligo affects all races, but may be more noticeable and disfiguring in people with darker skin. Vitiligo usually starts as small areas of pigment loss that spread with time. These changes in your skin can result in stress and worries about your appearance.
There is no cure for vitiligo. The goal of treatment is to stop or slow the progression of pigment loss and, if you desire, attempt to return some color to your skin.
ABC news did a great job chronicling the ever changing face of Michael. My favorite look of Michael’s however was this one:
If you are suffering from vitiligo, there are options in the way of makeup. I took lessons from Linda Siedel years ago and learned the art of corrective makeup. Her Natural Cover is one of the best available for not only evening the skin pigmentation, but covering tattoos, birth marks and scars.