Swear I was at the gas station and this random guy told me "I was mixed with albino". Over the years, I've had to explain to various people that I have vitiligo and not albino and it was if i was speaking a foreign language.
I want to put it out there #Vitiligo and #Albinism are both skin conditions each having very different characteristics.
Albinism- A defect in one of several genes that produce or distribute melanin causes albinism. The defect may result in the absence of melanin production, or a reduced amount of melanin production. The defective gene passes down from both parents to the child and causes albinism.
Vitiligo- Melanin is the pigment that gives the skin its characteristic color. Vitiligo is caused by a loss of pigment in the skin, due to destruction of pigment-forming cells known as melanocytes. Although vitiligo affects all races equally, it is more noticeable in dark-skinned people.
Albinism is genetic and you are born this way, Vitiligo can affect anyone at any time regardless of ethnicity, age, etc.