Vitiligo Differential Diagnosis

Pityriasis alba

Pityriasis alba: Light coloured patches especially on the faces of children. Finely scaling.

Lichen striatus

Lichen striatus: A rash occurring in a somewhat straight line. It may cross over to the opposite side of the body


Idiopathic Guttate Hypomelanosis presents with small white areas with jagged margins. It needs no treatment.

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Idiopathic Guttate Hypomelanosis as seen through dermatoscope


Lichen sclerosis et atrophicub - an autoimmune disease which affects the collagen layer of the skin. The skin is smooth and shiny in this condition


An achromatic naevus is a birthmark with no colour.

Discoid lupus erythematosus

Discoid lupus erythematous. There is scarring and redness.

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Pityriasis versicolor


Pityriasis versicolor. Light coloured patches with mild scaling. A skin scrape will reveal fungus

Post inflammatory hypopigmentation

Post inflammatory hypo pigmentation following Psoriasis. Light in colour but not white.


Morphoea: In a localised area, the skin becomes thick and hard. It is a form of localised scleroderma, an autoimmune disease

Other conditions that may mimic vitiligo

  • Post inflammatory hypopigmentaton

  • Hypopigmented sarcoidosis

  • Mycosis fungicides (hypo pigmented variety)

  • Acquired progressive macular hypomelanosis

  • Leprosy (Tuberculoid or indeterminate)

  • Trauma induced hypo or depigmentation

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