Doctor Oz did a show on Vitiligo, a skin disease that attacks your skin’s pigment. Tracy Edwards, a 47 year old mother, has Vitiligo, which is an incurable skin condition. Michael Jackson also had Vitiligo, which is why he struggled with the pigment of his skin color. Dr. Oz even said they did a biopsy on Michael Jackson and determined that Jackson definitely had Vitiligo. Tracy had her son Timothy when she was 34 years old, and everything changed. When Tracy looks in the mirror, she said she sees a monster. Before being diagnosed with Vitiligo, Tracy was told she had a whole host of different autoimmune diseases. Eventually Tracy, a woman of color, started to get white skin patches and was told she has Vitiligo. Tracy used to be a flight attendant, but now people just stare at her. Could Dr. Oz help? Of course!
Microskin for Vitiligo
In less than two hours, Tracy was revamped by Dr. Roy Geronemus at the Laser Center of New York. Dr. Geronemus said that usually Vitiligo is smaller (around your mouth, hands and arms), but Michael Jackson and Tracy are more extreme cases. Microskin can be formulated to be the exact same color as your skin. You can sweat through microskin, wipe it, shower and swim with it on. Microskin lasts for several days before needing to be reapplied. To get microskin, you need a computerized analysis to get the exact right color or shade of your skin. Tracy said it feels just like skin, and it does not feel thick like heavy makeup. Microskin New York is giving Tracy a full year’s supply of microskin! Tracy, you look beautiful!
Causes of Vitiligo
Usually autoimmune disorders cause Vitiligo like thyroid problems, lupus, or diabetes. Everyone has pigments in their skin, which is released by cells in the form of melatonin, which is like a dye for our skin. If your body attacks these melatonin releasing cells, then you will have no pigment in those areas and this is called Vitiligo. Vitiligo effects every race, but it is most noticeable on darker skin (like Tracy). People also seem to get Vitiligo the most in areas of the skin that are exposed to the sun.