Vitiligo is a dramatic skin condition characterized by loss of skin pigmentation in the deeper epidermal layer.

There are a multitude of classifications – segmental vitiligo (SV), non-segmental vitiligo (NSV), vitiligo universalis, acrofacial vitilgo, mucosal vitiligo.

Independent of which classification, the biological conflict associated with vitiligo is the same … a deep and brutal separation, often characterized as dramatic, severe, nasty, ugly or intense. A separation always involves either wanting to separate oneself (repel, push away) from someone or something or not wanting to separate oneself (embrace, pull closer.)

When the individual is in conflict activity the outer skin or epidermis undergoes a de-pigmentation process. The biological meaning of the de-pigmentation or ulceration of the epidermis to assist the individual to better feel the touch of the loved one from whom the separation occurred.

Vitiligo recovery depends on a viable melanocyte reservoir and in some patients with vitiligo, re-pigmentation is possible. During the resolution or healing phase the loss of pigmentation begins to fill in from the periphery inward.

The following photos are not actual cases but are used for educational, entertainment (respectfully) purposes only. The location of the depigmentation will appear where the psyche perceived the “contact separation” to have occurred.

Laterality may play a role as well with the separation relative to an important relationship. Pets, a favorite “binky” (stuffed animal, blanket, pacifier) as well as a collective class of first graders may all apply.

The photo to the right shows how the de-pigmentation process might appear in an individual that experienced a brutal separation conflict where their wrists were tied up behind their back, during a robbery, e.g.

The photo below shows how the de-pigmentation process might appear in an individual that experienced a brutal separation conflict that involved being jumped from behind during a mugging.

It has been suggested that Michael Jackson’s vitiligo was the result of the severe beatings (wanting to separate, to remove himself, to escape the brutality of where his father’s (Joe Jackson) belt would contact his body. This is conjecture but something to ponder, nonetheless.

One challenge when addressing vitiligo from a German New Medicine perspective is the subconscious association of the depigmented patches and the moment in time the brutal separation was experienced. In other words, the patches may serve as subconscious tracks that reopen the conflict.

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