DALLAS - During a Dallas County Commissioner's Court meeting Tuesday, Commissioner John Wiley Price discussed his battle with a skin pigmentation condition called vitiligo, which causes skin to lose color as it loses melanin.
The commissioner said he was diagnosed with the condition years ago and has been in remission for five to six years.
He discussed his condition while presenting a resolution for a 2013 Vitiligo Walk-a-Thon on Vitiligo World Day. The walk took place Saturday at the Breckenridge Park in Richardson.
According to the Mayo Clinic, vitiligo, which affects all races, creates white patches on the skin that slowly enlarge over time.
Vitiligo is especially devastating to patients with darker skin types, such as African Americans, Hispanics and South Asians, Price said of the psychological effects.
The Mayo Clinic also states there is no cure for the condition, but treatments can slow or stop the progression of the condition.
I think what people don't really understand is that even the sun can be your worst enemy, Price said.
In one of the more well-known cases, Michael Jackson announced he was diagnosed with vitiligo universalis in an interview with Oprah Winfrey in February 1993.