The son of the late King of Pop was allegedly photographed leaving a martial arts class in Beverly Hills, Calif. with white patches on his arms, which “appear to be Vitiligo, which can run in families,” said Dr. Jerome Litt, a dermatologist and author of Your Skin From A to Z.
“There’s no way to tell how much pigment a person will lose, but it can spread over the entire body,” Litt, who has not treated Jackson, added.
The “Thriller” singer announced he had the skin disease, which causes a loss of color that results in white patches, in a 1993 interview, and his autopsy confirmed that he had Vitiligo with noticeable “patches of light and dark pigmented areas.”
As far as how the 17-year-old is handling the situation, the insider told The ENQUIRER, “the blotches on his skin were clearly visible, but he seems to be coping with it.”
Although reps for the Jackson family have not spoken about it since 2009, LaToya Jackson, Michael’s sister, addressed his condition in a past interview by saying, “Vitiligo is on my father’s side and Prince has it, too – on his arms and chest.”
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