Vitiligo Association of Australia

Promoting greater awareness, friendly interaction, patient education and research on vitiligo.

Camouflage for vitiligo

Currently there are many products available on the market which can be used to conceal vitiligo lesions. 

Pia Miranda’s story

I developed vitiligo whilst playing Survivor which makes sense as the mental and physical challenges are extreme. 

What is Vitiligo?

Vitiligo is an acquired loss of pigmentation of the skin which involves the destruction of melanocytes in the skin by the immune system’s white blood cells (T cell lymphocytes) and inflammatory chemicals, causing the skin to turn white.

Who Gets Vitiligo?

Vitiligo affects 1-2% of the population worldwide. Vitiligo can begin at any age, gender and ethnicity. However, for many people its onset is noted to occur most commonly before the age of 30.

What Does Vitiligo Look Like?

Vitiligo appears as white areas of the skin with well-defined edges. White hairs can also occur within an area of vitiligo and early greying or whitening of scalp hair, eyelashes, eyebrows, and beard hair can occur.

Can Vitiligo Be Cured?

Unfortunately, currently there is no cure for vitiligo however there are treatments that are effective in inducing repigmentation to the skin that has been affected by vitiligo as mentioned above. Ongoing research into vitiligo is being carried out globally, hopefully as the scientific field improves there will be new treatment therapies for vitiligo.

Our Blog

VitLink – Autumn 2024

VitLink – Autumn 2024

In This Issue:
– Message from the President
– Recap: Camouflage Workshop 2023 and World Vitiligo Day 2024
– Member spotlight Active clinical trials
– Research highlights
– Feature article: Vitiligo and stress – Calendar of events

Vitiligo Reseach Grant 2022

Vitiligo Reseach Grant 2022

The VAA would like to invite applicants to appy for the Vitiligo Research Grant 2022. The VAA Research Grant has been established to support local research into vitiligo in order to improve our understanding of this condition.  Preference will be given to...

COVID-19 and vitiligo, what we know so far

COVID-19 and vitiligo, what we know so far

COVID-19 caused by SARS-CoV-2 and declared as a global pandemic on 12 March 2020 by the World Health Organisation has raised many public health concerns across the world. For people with vitiligo, many are concerned of their health outcomes and vitiligo in the setting...