Who gets vitiligo?

Vitiligo, in most instances, is a condition that affects children and young adults. In 50% of cases, pigment loss begins before the age of 20, and in about 80% it begins before the age of 30 years.

The risk (incidence) of developing vitiligo is approximately 1.0 % (one person per 100), although in some darker skin races (such as Indian) the incidence can be as high as 4-5%.

Since 10-15% of vitiligo patients have a first degree relative with the disease, a family history of vitiligo increases the likelihood of developing the condition.