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Will white spots on the skin go away without treatment?

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It is rare that skin white patches return to normal color on their own. Having a family history of white patches on the skin makes a person more prone to this condition, medically known as vitiligo. This condition can affect any area on the body, according to WebMD.

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Pigment is usually rapidly lost on multiple areas of the skin once the condition begins to progress; however, there may be stable periods when the condition does not worsen. Most people with the condition have multiple areas of depigmentation on the body. Loss of pigment is caused by destruction of the skin's melanocytes, although the root cause is unknown. It is suspected that immune dysfunction may cause the loss of skin melanocytes, states WebMD.

Areas of the body that are more likely to develop white patches include those exposed to the sun; folded skin sites, such as the armpits; injured areas; and areas around moles and body openings, explains WebMD. White patches on the skin are more likely to run in families and develop early in life before the age of 40. Having thyroid disease or autoimmune disease also predisposes a person to developing white patches on the skin.

There are treatments that can help to improve the appearance of the skin, but none that can cure white skin patches or stop their progression. Treatments for vitiligo include light therapy, steroid skin creams and the use of cosmetics, among others, according to WebMD.

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