Tampa, FL – Beautifully Unblemished Vitiligo Support Group, founded by Tonja Johnson, will host “Mind My Skin”.
The mission of Beautifully Unblemished Vitiligo Support Group is to impact quality of life for Vitiligo patients and their families, by:
- raising awareness and understanding of Vitiligo.
- providing ongoing support and education through meetings, seminars, and webinars; and
- enabling patients living with Vitiligo to find support in this safe and inclusive community.
WHAT: My Mind Skin: A Mental Health Forum
This event will bring attention to the Mental Health challenges individuals face living with a skin disorder/condition. Vitiligo is a condition that is caused by inflammation in the body that results in the skin losing its natural pigment and color. Vitiligo affects 70 million men, women, and children worldwide and causes significant challenges to mental health and self-esteem. We are inviting all individuals living with skin disorders like alopecia, psoriasis, eczema, acne, melanoma, and vitiligo.
WHEN: Saturday, April 29, 2023
WHERE: Simpson Park Community Center, 1725 Martin Luther King Jr., Blvd. Lakeland
DETAILS: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Media should RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vitiligo is a condition that causes some or all areas of the skin to lose color. The color of your skin depends on melanin. If a person has vitiligo, the cells that produce melanin stop functioning or die. Anyone can be diagnosed with vitiligo, but it is sometimes more noticeable in people with darker skin.
People diagnosed with vitiligo have no way of knowing how much pigment they will lose or how rapidly it will or will not diminish. Although, vitiligo isn’t life-threatening, it is life altering in many ways. While there is no cure there are communities and groups like Beautifully Unblemished, who provide support and resources for individuals and their families with Vitiligo.
Vitiligo can set in during childhood, making the process of learning about your body and identity even more difficult. People with vitiligo are often bullied because of their looks, but they also get many insults from people who are not necessarily trying to hurt them.