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.”
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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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