June has been a very busy month for VITILIGLOW® with many customers buying our bundle deals in time for the sunshine. The weather has been so sunny, and it means that many of us like to cover up our vitiligo and wear short-sleeved tops and shorts without worrying about having our patches on show.
Today is the ninth World Vitiligo Day, which also means it’s exactly 11 years since Michael Jackson passed away. World Vitiligo Day was chosen as the 25th June because it’s the day of Michael Jackson’s death. Many say he was the most famous person to have vitiligo, but there are other well-known people with the condition, including model Winnie Harlow and chef Dean Edwards.
As always, World Vitiligo Day is a time for celebration of the skin condition but also a fantastic opportunity to raise more awareness. Even today, many people are not aware of vitiligo, or at least don’t know the facts about the condition, which means some people make uneducated assumptions. Some still even believe you can catch vitiligo from someone else, which you definitely can’t, and some think there is a link between vitiligo and leprosy, which there isn’t!
World Vitiligo Day is all about getting the interesting, true facts out there, raising awareness and educating about the condition. We all want to reduce the stigma that can be associated with it, and improve research into vitiligo.
Lots of people with vitiligo feel really confident in their own skin, and don’t give a second’s thought about going out with their vitiligo and patches on show. But there are also many of us who still feel conscious of the skin condition, and choose to cover up our patches. That’s why I created VITILIGLOW® as I couldn’t find a suitable camouflage cream out there that I could rely on.
As always, The Vitiligo Society have done a great job of running some brilliant events this summer for World Vitiligo Day, and the main National Vitiligo Community Conference, which is a Global Vitiligo Celebration in line with World Vitiligo Day, is being held on 26th to 28th June this year. It’s hosted by the Minnesota VITFriends family with the support of the Global Vitiligo Foundation.
World Vitiligo Day is a great opportunity to talk about vitiligo and get involved in some of the upcoming events, whether you attend one in person or join in the conversation on social media! If you’d like to share your photos, selfies or vitiligo stories with us at VITILIGLOW®, we’d love to hear from you, so please tag #VITILIGLOW in your social media posts. You can find us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
I hope everyone is staying safe and well in these unprecedented times, and getting used to this ‘new normal’.
Happy World Vitiligo Day 2020!
Founder of VITILIGLOW®