Michael Jackson, Sisqo, Holly Marie Combs, Lee Thomas – what do these famous personalities all have in common? Vitiligo. Vitiligo is a skin condition which causes the skin to lose its color. It is mainly characterized by the presence of white spots and patches on the body. It can be widespread, affecting the whole body, or it can just affect specific areas of the body. There are about 65 million people in the world suffering from this peculiar skin disease but it's surprising to know that there's no permanent cure for it yet. About three percent of the world's population is affected by it but the real cause behind this disease is still unknown. Luckily, there are ways that vitiligo patients can do to bring back some color to their skin. Lifestyle changes alongside natural vitiligo treatments have been proven to be very useful in repigmenting the skin. Let me share to you some of them.

1. Eat a vitamin rich diet. Consuming foods rich in vitamins A, B, magnesium, copper and zine have been proven to help in preventing white patches from spreading all over the body.

2. Avoid stress or if it's impossible, keep stress levels to a minimum. They say stress is one of the primary causes of vitiligo as well as other serious health conditions such as the big C. So, it won't hurt if you keep your stress levels to a minimum. Think happy thoughts all the time.

3. Eat a fiber rich diet. Having a fiber rich diet can help energize vitiligo patients during treatments. Organic oats, brown rice, and whole wheat products are some examples of healthy foods rich in fiber.

4. Make sunscreen your best friend. Vitiligo patches may appear white and sunburn proof but the truth is, they can burn quite easily. This is why it is very important to protect them from the sun's harmful UV rays. Always wear sunscreen every day and as much as possible stay indoors and avoid exposing yourself to the sun.

5. Use self tanners or get a spray tan. These are good and safe ways to repigment your skin if you don't want to undergo treatments. It's easy, it's fast and it's very accessible. It is very important to not sunbathe under the sun or use tanning beds and sun lamps to add color to your skin. These are not safe at all as it can burn your skin.

6. Undergo vitiligo treatments. There are several vitilgo treatments today which aims to improve the pigmentation of the affected skin. It does not really cure vitiligo, but it really helps in improving the appearance of the skin that has lost its pigment.

7. Have a good support system. The emotional aspect of having this skin disease is probably the most important more than the physical aspect. It is often overlooked but in reality, dealing with your feelings and thoughts on having this disease is the worst. Connecting with other people with vitiligo can definitely help you cope up. Meeting new people and making new friends can also help in boosting your confidence and self esteem despite your condition.

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what type of lupus did michael jackson have

18 thoughts on “What Type Of Lupus Did Michael Jackson Have

  1. SmokeXSmoke100

    What was wrong with Michael Jackson’s skin?
    I know Michael Jackson had a skin disease. But how did his skin turned white all around his whole body so quick? Did he put some type of skin cream on his body that made it turned whiter? PS, I’m a Micahel Jackson fan.

    1. Jenny Emory

      Okay, so Michael Jackson had two skin diseases: vitiligo and lupus. The vitiligo was dominant, meaning that he was going to show symptoms; the lupus was recessive, meaning he carried the disease, but it would show no symptoms.

      In most cases, vitiligo does not show itself until the late teens or early twenties, so that is why Michael’s skin was always black in childhood and most of his teen years. Vitiligo starts by showing small, white dots on your hands, feet, and/or knees, usually on the left side (the reasons for this are unknown, but are true in almost all cases of vitiligo). Michael Jackson has said he started to notice the white dots when he was around the age of 20 on his left hand, and that’s why he started to wear the one glove–to cover it up. Of course, he never explained any of that until years and years later, so for the rest of the world it just looked like another fashion statement.

      How vitiligo works is that slowly, the dots begin to grow and spread, until eventually they cover you almost completely. For a while, the dots were minor, so Michael was able to cover them up with dark makeup. As the dots spread, he had to start using lighter makeup. That’s why Michael Jackson’s skin color appears to change very gradually. As the dots grew, he would make the make up a little lighter.

      Eventually, (I’d say around 1990 or so), there was more white than black on Michael’s skin, so he began to instead cover up the black with white, instead of the reverse. A few years later, in 1993 I believe, he went on Oprah and finally revealed he had vitiligo, which explained everything. The problem is, he said it a little too late, and instead of it being heard as an explanation, it sounded more like a cover-up to him bleaching his skin. But that’s another story…

      I think a few years after that, he bleached out the remaining black parts of his skin so he wouldn’t have to use all that makeup anymore. Keep in mind, the amount of “black” on his body at this point was probably around 2%, if that, so it’s not like he was really changing his appearance at this point.

      So that’s what happened with Michael Jackson. The reason he kept it all a secret is because, vitiligo patients have backed this up, when you have vitiligo, that’s all people tend to see. They know they shouldn’t look, but they can’t help staring. Instead of being known as you, you’re known as that guy with vitiligo. Michael knew that would happen, so he kept it a secret for as long as he could. Sometimes I wish he would have announced it from the get go, I think he could have been a really great role model for people with vitiligo, but I understand where he’s coming from.

      RIP Michael Jackson

  2. Steve Reklok

    did michael jackson do drugs? and why did he turn himself white?
    I have a paper that im writing on him and need some info!!!!

    1. Mostly Sunny

      There are two meanings to the word “drug” when you talk about someone “being on drugs”. One is the narcotic and illegal type, and the other refers to prescription drugs, which unfortunately some people find themselves addicted to after serious injury or illness (psychologically or physically) to elevate pain.

      Michael was the later. During the 80’s while filming a Pepsi commercial, flares from nitrogen flash bombs which exploded near him set his hair on fire (search Youtube for clips of that), causing him almost 3rd degree burns to the top of his head. Ever since, it has been said Michael began to take pain killers to ease pain from the accident. However, according to his long time make-up artist Karen Faye, around mid 1992~1993, Michael went through another surgery to help try to fix some problems from the first surgery (some sort of air pocket on his head developed), but as he had to embark on his Dangerous world tour, he did not stay in the hospital and heal properly. That continued to cause immense pain for him. With the child molestation allegations surfacing at the time, Michael had to over come pressure, physical & emotional pain and his inability to sleep. During those few years he has been dependent on pain killers and sleeping pills to get through the day. When sleeping pills wouldn’t bring him sleep, he went for sedative injections and had doctors bring him back to consciousness in the morning. That is how much pain he went through.

      In 1999 while performing in Munich, Michael was suspended 50ft on a bridge, which fell to the ground. He hurt his vertebrae during that accident, but held on and kept performing, collapsing after he went backstage. During his whole career, he broke and sprang his legs various times, and suffered from inflamed joints from the autoimmune disease Lupus. These all led to him taking a large dosage of pain killer drugs.

      Michael has always been an extra sensitive person, both physically and emotionally. One of his brothers stated in a book said that Michael had no pain tolerance at all. The slightest pain, to Michael, was magnified. That’s how sensitive he was. That is probably why he was always so careful not to hurt people.

      Regarding to how he went from black to white. He was diagnosed with Vitiligo soon after Thriller. It is a chronic disorder which causes patches of depigmentation on the skin. At first he tried to cover up the light patches on his hand (which is how the tape on finger and one glove trend came to be). However as it took over his whole body, he had to use makeup to match the white patches. Vitiligo is also known to depigment eye, lip and hair color, which is why he tattooed his eyebrows, eyeliner and lip color. Later he just went through a treatment to depigment his whole body to even out the tone. The results was a very fair skinned Jackson. The treatment, some said to have been chemical peels, didn’t actually make him “white”. It depigmented his skin, and Oprah said once that if you meet him in person, his skin seems “transparent”, you can actually see his veins. Losing the pigment in the skin causes the skin to be very sensitive to sunlight, and that is why he always wore hats, long sleeved shirt, sun glasses and brought an umbrella with him. He also always wore pancake thick make-up and sunscreen.

  3. JacksonJoviGirl ♥ Beat It :)

    [MJ Fans] What do you think?
    my mom believes EVERY thing that she sees on TV or reads in gossip magazines about Michael Jackson. i’ve tried telling her not to believe what she reads/sees, but she won’t listen to me. she honestly thinks that Michael bleached his skin, had a gay lover, and molested kids. i’ve tried standing up for him, but i can’t any longer. i just can’t stand it, but i don’t know what to do. i know she has her own opinion, but this just isn’t right. she’s not letting me tell her how great Michael was. so, what would YOU do is you were in my situation?

    Thanks! MJ Fans Unite! 🙂
    JJG Xx

  4. QUESTION GIRL 09

    the Jackson Family is playing the “I’m innocent, beaten as a child” game..It’s all fake?
    the made up a persona for their family to seem soo innocent but it is all a media game…including Michael..he was the biggest of them all…the mask, the glove, the “turning white” thing…it was all just a plot to make himself larger than life..he was not stupid…he knew how he was faking out the world…Janet too…all of them…when did Joe Jackson have time to beat those kids? where were the scars? how come NOBODY reported it until after 18 yrs old? what about when they went to the doctor as kids? dentist? how come not ONE out of NINE kid say ANYTHING…it’s all a sham

    1. .

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      He really didn’t bleach his skin, even Michael’s dermatologist confirmed this.(And multiple others)
      In 1986 Michael was diagnosed with vitiligo a condition that robs you of the melanin in your skin so he began to use a type of make-up commonly referred to as pancake make-up to hide, it, but obviously it got out of hand. Then later he was diagnosed with lupus a condition that makes you extremely sensitive to sunlight hence the omnipresent umbrella, so he could not regain his melanin from the sun.
      Also it is 100% impossible for anyone to bleach their skin to that degree. IMPOSSIBLE. Totally just impossible. And even if he did he would just look lighter, the color he had was the absence of melanin, not “whiteness”.

      The oldest two kids mother is white! His wife was white! Of course they are going to be white! WHO CARES?? Maybe he didn’t want them to contract lupus or vitiligo! How did he try to be white?
      All he wanted was a healthy sperm donor or whatever, we don’t even know if he knew the person, or whatever! It doesn’t matter.
      And Blanket’s hair is black, very few white people have naturally black hair.
      And bottom line, it doesn’t matter if you’re black or white!

    1. coleen

      hi bella, i was so shocked and sad, i loved him growing up, wanna hear a wierd story, i collected his 45’s as the jackson five, i put a number and inititals on them, they were given away, and years later when i was married and my son saw him as an idol, i found them again in a church basement sale, it was so crazy, but now, i cannot believe i never knew he had lupus!! i’ve always loved him, he was the best, what kind do you have?? i have systemic ever since i was a teenager, it was here and there, and then after i had kids it got really worse, then a break for awhile and now, really here alot, i have no breaks in flare ups, but it doesn’t help i still work as a caregiver and am so stressed, i cannot move after only working 3 days, i have to apply for ssi or disability i have in the past but got denied, never tried further my mistake, how about you?? thanks for listening! coleen

  5. QUESTION GIRL 09

    who did Michael Jackson’s hair they said he was bald?
    sometimes curly, sometimes long, but how was this being done, also, he had side burns, so how was he bald?

    1. A Person

      Don’t know who did his hair, but it was pretty obvious in his later years that he was wearing wigs. I don’t get why people are getting so weirded out about the idea that he wore wigs, since his accident with the Pepsi commercial he would have had some form of hairpiece to at least cover his burned scalp. Add to that that he had Lupus, which is an autoimmune syndrome and can cause hair loss. Add to that that if you take a close look at his father and brothers, there is some hereditary male pattern balding going on. Add to that he was 50 years old, how many 50 year old men do you know that still have all their own hair? He sometimes wore fake sideburns, such as on his wedding day to Debbie Rowe. There are many stories by himself and others that he went out in disguise on a regular basis. He was fascinated with makeup, and with the idea of looking like someone else. It would not have been out of character for him to have a whole wardrobe of wigs, sideburns, beards, and all kinds of other things like fake teeth and stuff. When you develop a master of disguise type of persona, what difference does it make what you look like underneath it all, when you can make yourself look any way you want? He used to go door to door as a Jehovah’s Witness wearing a fat suit and makeup to disguise himself.

    1. .

      He really didn’t bleach his skin, even Michael’s dermatologist confirmed this.(And multiple others)
      In 1986 Michael was diagnosed with vitiligo a condition that robs you of the melanin in your skin so he began to use a type of make-up commonly referred to as pancake make-up to hide, it, but obviously it got out of hand. Then later he was diagnosed with lupus a condition that makes you extremely sensitive to sunlight hence the omnipresent umbrella, so he could not regain his melanin from the sun.
      Also it is 100% impossible for anyone to bleach their skin to that degree. IMPOSSIBLE. Totally just impossible. And even if he did he would just look lighter, the color he had was the absence of melanin, not “whiteness”.

      For the albums check out his discography.
      And remember, don’t believe the hype!

    1. .

      He really didn’t bleach his skin, even Michael’s dermatologist confirmed this.(And multiple others)
      In 1986 Michael was diagnosed with vitiligo a condition that robs you of the melanin in your skin so he began to use a type of make-up commonly referred to as pancake make-up to hide, it, but obviously it got out of hand. Then later he was diagnosed with lupus a condition that makes you extremely sensitive to sunlight hence the omnipresent umbrella, so he could not regain his melanin from the sun.
      Also it is 100% impossible for anyone to bleach their skin to that degree. IMPOSSIBLE. Totally just impossible. And even if he did he would just look lighter, the color he had was the absence of melanin, not “whiteness”.

  6. Anonymous

    Lupus as cause of Michael’s death?
    I researched Lupus and i got this result:
    Heart and circulatory system. Lupus may cause inflammation of the tissue surrounding the heart (pericarditis; pronounced per-i-kar-DIE-tiss) or of the heart itself (myocarditis; pronounced my-o-kar-DIE-tiss). When this happens, various heart problems may develop, such as an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia; pronounced uh-RITH-mee-uh), heart failure, and even sudden death. Blood clots often form in the blood vessels. These blood clots can break loose and cause a stroke (see stroke entry) or other complications.

    Couldn’t that have been a major factor in MJ’s death??? Why’s everyone stressing out over drugs being the reason…
    n that whole IV n him being put to sleep previously n no one knowing how… did u all forget he went through surgery a lot in his life?? Ofcourse he’s felt what its like to be put to sleep.

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