Vitiligo is more common than people think. It has been found through studies that between 0.5 percent and 2 percent of the population worldwide has the condition, which causes certain patches of skin to lose pigmentation.
According to actress and singer Countess Vaughn, she is part of that percentage of people. The 39-year-old occasionally shares pictures without makeup (or without much) where you can see that she has some blotches of skin on her face that are lighter than the rest of her, mostly around her brows. In one posted a few days ago that featured Countess and her daughter, she captioned the clip, “Loving me regardless of my skin Situation”:
In another image she shared earlier today though, Countess stated that her “skin situation” was actually vitiligo when asked by followers.
In an interesting connection, it’s been found that there is a strong connection between vitiligo and autoimmune disorders. Studies have found a particularly strong association between vitiligo and autoimmune thyroid disorders. Countess has spoken about her own thyroid condition when she was on Hollywood Divas, and said the swelling impacts her tone when she talks and sings.
This isn’t the first health issue she’s shared publicly. She has gone on record about having liposuction and trying to change her eating habits in order to shed pounds. The star was also a guest on The Doctors in 2014 and talked about suffering hair loss due to poor reactions (including oozing of puss from her hairline) that she had to glue she was using to put on the wigs she wore. It was during that time that she initially denied having vitiligo when the skin discoloration began.
“I went to the dermatologist but he did not let me know the long-term effects of the infection. I have skin discoloration and people assume I have vitiligo,” she said. “I use makeup to cover up, especially the skin under my eyes. Skin came off of my ears. I draw in my hairline with an eye pencil. I had to go through this to teach my little one, ‘you have to love yourself before anyone else will.'”